Three people have died and four more were rescued from the sea after getting into difficulty in the water.
Seven surfers were involved in the tragedy which led to coastguards receiving “multiple 999 calls” and involved coastguard rescue teams, RNLI lifeboats and a Royal Navy helicopter.
The surfers were rescued from the sea at Mawgan Porth near Newquay in Cornwall. Two were given medical treatment at the scene and three were air-lifted to hospital, where they later died.
The alarm was raised at approximately 1.15pm this afternoon, when coastguards received “multiple 999 calls” from various people about the people in difficulty in the sea. Newquay and Padstow coastguard rescue teams were dispatched to the scene, as were RNLI lifeboats. A Royal Navy helicopter from RNAS Culdrose was also involved in the rescue.