Swimming warning issued following tragic deaths at sea

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Following a deadly weekend on British beaches, the RNLI has urged seaside visitors to respect the water as warm weather approaches.

Six people including a woman and her six-year-old son died in a series of tragedies that hit the nation's coasts as unseasonably stormy weather blew in.

Meanwhile, more than £22,000 has since been donated to the family of a gardener who was swept to his death from Fistral Beach in Cornwall on Saturday.

Rudy Bruynius, who has been named online, was with wife Lisinda and their two-year-old daughter McKayla when they were caught by a large wave at Fistral Beach on the north-west coast of Cornwall.>Rudy was one of six people killed within 24 hours in separate sea tragedies across the UK.

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In Cornwall, Mr Bruynius, who was originally from South Africa but was living in London, was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead, while McKayla was reported to be in a critical condition.

Two other children in the family managed to scramble back on to the rocks, the RNLI said.

A fundraising page, set up to support the family, saw a stream of donations when news of the deaths emerged.