In 2016 there were 21 coast-related deaths in Cornwall. #CoastSafe aims to ensure that you, a family member or friend don’t become one of this year’s statistics.
Recent deaths have included:
- A father and his two-year-old daughter died after being swept into the sea in rapidly changing weather conditions. They had been fishing on rocks at Fistral Beach, Newquay when a large wave knocked them into the water.
- A holidaymaker drowned whilst trying to rescue his dog at Porthmellon near Mevagissey.
- Another man drowned whilst looking for his dog at Dunderhole Point, Tintagel. It is thought he may have lost his footing and fallen into the sea.
- A swimmer drowned whilst in the sea at Perranporth Beach.
- A man died after getting into difficulties while swimming off Porthcressa beach on St Mary’s in the Isles of Scilly.
- Three surfers died after getting trapped in a rip current at Mawgan Porth, near Newquay.
- A man lost his life when a scuba diving trip went wrong at Portholland.
This group of swimmers were rescued from rough seas at Holywell Bay after being caught in a rip current.
Video courtesy of Maritime and Coastguard agency.
The #CoastSafe partnership aims to educate both locals and visitors with the aim of avoiding needless deaths this summer.
The #CoastSafe partnership is made up of:
- Cornwall Air Ambulance
- HM Coastguard
- Cornwall Fire & Rescue
- and ourselves.