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Man dies after family washed into sea in Cornwall

A man has died after he and his family were washed out to sea at Fistral Beach in Newquay.

A man has died after he and his family were washed into the sea from rocks at Fistral Beach. Credit: PA Images

The family of five were on rocks at South Fistral Beach when they were swept into the sea by a large wave around 5.20pm.

The man and woman and three children, from the Surrey area, were holidaying in the Newquay area when the incident happened.

The RNLI lifeboat, coastguard helicopter, lifeguards from North Fistral, police, air ambulance and ambulance crews attended the scene. The mother and father, both in their 30s, were pulled from the water by RNLI lifeguards.

Lifeguards carried out CPR on the man before he was airlifted by the air ambulance to the Royal Cornwall Hospital. He died yesterday evening.

The woman was also flown to the Royal Cornwall Hospital where she remains having sustained minor injuries. A two-year-old girl was recovered from the sea by an RNLI lifeboat before being flown to hospital where she remains.

The two other children managed to get back onto the rocks and were located by the coastguard. They sustained minor injuries before being taken by ambulance to the Royal Cornwall Hospital.

The conditions were extreme. We went through a 24-hour period where the waves went from half a metre to three to four metres.

You are probably looking at 10ft breaking waves in this area. People swept in to the sea, very close to rocks.

I think eventually that when they were found they were 50-60m off in what were absolutely treacherous conditions.

– James Instance, Falmouth Coastguard

Next of kin have not yet been informed and formal ID has not yet been carried out on the man.

Police have launched an investigation into the circumstances of the incident and are appealing for witnesses.

This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.

We are investigating the circumstances of the incident and we would like to speak to anyone who was on the beach at the time. We are asking people to attend Newquay police station today or tomorrow to enable them to talk to us in person about this incident.

– Detective Constable Jarrod Yewen, Newquay CID

Anyone who saw the incident or has information which can assist the investigation is being asked to attend Newquay police station today, Saturday 20 August, between 2pm and 4pm, and tomorrow between 10am and 2pm.

The rescue was unrelated to a separate incident at Towan beach yesterday afternoon.