Woman's death after rescue off Jersey brings British coast fatalities to five
A woman has died after being rescued from the sea in Jersey, bringing the death toll to five around the British Isles as treacherous conditions plagued coastlines.
The woman, in her 30s, got into difficulties while swimming with a man near Green Island on Saturday at around 8.30pm amid stormy conditions.
The man was helped to safety by members of the public, while a lifeboat managed to locate the woman who had been swept along the coast by the current, said RNLI St Helier.
She was taken to hospital but later died, Jersey Police said.
Four others have died along British coastlines this weekend in separate incidents.
Rudy Bruynius, who has been named online, was with wife Lisinda and their daughter McKayla when they were caught up by a large wave at Fistral Beach on the north-west coast of Cornwall on Saturday.
A windsurfer died in Essex and a mother and son were killed in Aberdeen.
Mr Bruynius, who is originally from South Africa but was living in London, was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead, while McKayla was reported to be in a critical condition.
Two other children in the family managed to scramble back on to the rocks, the RNLI said.
A fundraising page, set up to support the family, has raised over £14,000.
Family friend Madelein Jansen Van Noordwyk posted a message from Lisinda which said: "Thank you all so much for your prayers!!!"
Another friend Terri-Anne Young Remant paid tribute to the local community in Cornwall for their support.
She wrote on Facebook: "The messages and support has been so overwhelming and appreciated, at this stage we can't respond to everyone individually but we thank you all for your kind words and offer of support at this time in need. The community of Cornwall has been out of this world and we thank you."
The windsurfer, in his 60s, died in hospital in Colchester after being rescued by RNLI lifeboats off the coast of West Mersea, Essex, at around midday on Saturday.
An Essex Police spokesman said they were trying to establish the events leading up to his death.
A seven-year-old boy died in hospital along with a 37-year-old woman, believed to be his mother, after a rescue operation on the beach at Aberdeen.