Staycationer dies after getting into difficulty in water off Cornish beach

A holiday maker died after getting into difficulty in the sea, prompting emergency services to issue an emergency warning.

The staycationer, who was holidaying off the Cornish coast was pulled from the water on Thursday afternoon.

Devon and Cornwall Police said the man was in his 50s and from the London area.

He was confirmed dead shortly after being pulled from the water.

A teenage boy, who is related to the man, is in a stable condition in hospital in Truro following the incident at Church Cove in Gunwalloe, the force added.

The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning of wind for all of England, Wales and parts of Scotland yesterday, bringing the potential for travel disruption and large waves in coastal areas.

Winds of 45 to 50mph are forecast for inland areas, reaching up to 60mph around coasts and hills.

The Coastguard helicopter also rescued two people from a cliff face near Lynmouth in Devon on Thursday after they became trapped by rising tides.

They had been out for a walk along coastal paths and beaches when they became cut off by the sea and were able to raise the alarm.

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A RNLI lifeboat was unable to reach the pair and the Coastguard stepped in and winched them to safety.

HM Coastguard is urging members of the public to keep their distance from the waves, while the RNLI advised visiting lifeguarded beaches whenever possible and to avoid storm watching if swells become high.

"The combination of winds, tides and swells is going to make for dangerous conditions that could put you into difficulty very quickly," the RNLI tweeted on Friday.

The strongest gust recorded on Friday was 71mph at the Needles on the Isle of Wight, while Mumbles Head in Swansea saw winds of up to 68mph.

Saturday will be another mild start to the day, according to forecaster Matthew Box, who said: "It's still going to be breezy and blustery today, but winds will not be as strong as they have been today (yesterday)."

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