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.

With the weather due to get warmer and the bank holiday ahead, the RNLI would urge people to take care when near the coast and respect the water.

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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.