Father dies after family of five are swept out to sea by large wave


A father has died after he and his family were swept out to sea by a large wave while visiting a beach.

The man and his wife, who are in their 30s, and two-year-old daughter were rescued after getting into trouble as 13ft waves and 10ft breaking waves lashed Fistral Beach on the north-west coast of Cornwall.

Amid the treacherous conditions, two other children in the family managed to scramble back onto the rocks.

Fistral beach
(Ben Birchall/PA)

Lifeguards went to the scene after being alerted by a 999 call on Friday at 5.20pm, and carried out CPR on the man before he was taken by air ambulance to Treliske Hospital. He later died in hospital on Friday night, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said.

A spokesman said: "RNLI lifeguards rescued a woman using their jetski and a man and two-year-old child were recovered from the sea by an RNLI lifeboat.

"The child and man were taken to hospital by the Coastguard helicopter and the helimed helicopter. The man, sadly, has since died in hospital."

His wife, who has minor injuries, and daughter, who is reported to be in a critical condition, are also in hospital. The two other children were taken by ambulance to hospital.

Next of kin have not yet been informed and formal ID has not yet been carried out on the man, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Jarrod Yewen, from Newquay CID, said: "This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.

"We are investigating the circumstances of the incident and we would like to speak to anyone who was on the beach at the time.

"We are asking people to attend Newquay police station today or tomorrow to enable them to talk to us in person about this incident."

Anyone who saw the incident or has information is asked to attend Newquay police station on Sunday between 10am and 2pm.