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Bodyboarder dies in surf accident

Helicopter on beach
A rescue helicopter landed on the beach during the incident

A man has died and a 14-year-old boy has been flown to hospital after they were rescued from the surf at Newquay in Cornwall.

The pair, a father and son from Essex, were "boogie boarding" at Fistral beach when they got into difficulties just after 1900 BST on Sunday.

They were pulled from the water and flown by a rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose to Truro's Treliske Hospital.

The man, 51, who has not been named, was later pronounced dead at hospital.

Devon and Cornwall Police said that the boy was detained in hospital, suffering from shock and hypothermia, but was recovering well.

Rip tide

The family were on holiday and were staying at an apartment in the seaside resort of Newquay, which is a popular haunt for surfers and boogie boarders because of its waves.

Emergency services were alerted after a woman dialled 999 to report that people were entering the water to try to get the pair out.

It is believed that they were boogie boarding, wet suits were not being worn and the surf height was six feet
Falmouth Coastguard

Two inshore lifeboats, coastguard rescue teams, paramedics and police were called to the scene after the pair were plucked from the water.

The lifeguard patrol at Fistral beach ends at 1800 BST, so was not operating at the time.

A Falmouth coastguard said: "It is believed that they were boogie boarding, wet suits were not being worn and the surf height was six feet."

Mark Thomas, the duty watch manager at Falmouth coastguard, said the victims were thought to have been swept out to sea on a rip tide.

Boogie boarding, also known as bodyboarding, is a form of wave-riding using a board of foam, smaller than a surfboard.



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