Cornwall

Four tourists get into difficulties at Newquay beach

RNAS Culdrose rescue helicopter
Image caption An RNAS Culdrose helicopter airlifted two people to hospital in Truro

Four holidaymakers got into difficulties while swimming off Newquay in Cornwall.

Two French girls, sisters on holiday with their family, went into the water at Little Fistral beach and got caught in a rip current on Thursday afternoon.

Two other swimmers from Manchester, who entered the water to try to reach them, also got into difficulty.

The sisters and one of the men got back to shore. A nearby boogie boarder helped the other man.

Falmouth Coastguard co-ordinated emergency services when the alarm was raised at about 1330 BST on Thursday.

The operation involved lifeguards from another beach, the Newquay lifeboat, coastguard cliff rescue and an RNAS Culdrose helicopter.

The helicopter took a 13-year-old girl and one of the men to the Royal Cornwall Hospital, coastguards said.

Their conditions are not believed to be life-threatening.

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