Two people die after being swept into sea at Mullion Cove in Cornwall

They were apparently swept off the harbour wall. Credit: Bina Fellowes Photography

Two people have died after they were swept into the sea off the harbour wall at Mullion Cove in Cornwall.

The coastguard was alerted at around 6.45pm on Monday 2 November, with officers from Devon and Cornwall Police alerted half an hour later.

According to the Penlee Lifeboat, the weather was "at the limit" for the inshore lifeboat with extremely heavy winds and a four to five metre swell.

The pair, a woman in her 20s and a man in his 40s, were winched from the water and airlifted to the Royal Cornwall Hospital where they later died.

A statement from Devon and Cornwall Police said:

"Police were called by the Coastguard at 7.15pm last night to Mullion Cove, Helston, following reports that two people had been swept into the sea from the harbour wall.

"Ambulance, Police, HM Coastguard and their helicopter attended the scene.

"A woman in her 20s and a man in his 40s, were recovered from the water by the Coastguard helicopter crew and taken to Treliske hospital.

"Sadly, they were both later confirmed deceased. Their next of kin have been informed.

"The deaths are not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner in due course."