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Man rescued 'just in time' off Cornwall coast by lifeboat crew

Tregardock
Image caption The victim's son is being treated in hospital after the incident at Tregardock

A man whose father drowned trying to rescue him was reached "just in time" by a lifeboat, a crew member has said.

The 27-year-old was found holding on to his dead father in the sea off Tregardock, near Delabole, Cornwall, on Sunday.

The lifeboat crew said they had to tell the man to let go of his 60-year-old father and swim to the safety of the boat as sea conditions were dangerous.

He was taken to hospital for treatment but his condition is unknown.

Damian Bolton, from Port Isaac Inshore Lifeboat, said: "If we had been another 30 seconds then sadly it would be a totally different story.

'Dangerous place'

"It was very clear to us that when we got him on the boat it was literally just in time. But definitely without his dad's actions the son wouldn't be with us either."

Mr Bolton said the pair had been fishing in a rocky outcrop which was "quite a dangerous place".

He said: "We were directed in by a very brave lady that stayed on the cliff and pointed straight to the casualty where we saw, sadly, the father face down in the water.

"We had to very sternly tell him to let go of his dad and swim towards us."

Devon and Cornwall Police said the men, from Cornwall, were in the water for about 30 minutes before being rescued.

They added the immediate next of kin had been informed and the incident would be referred to the coroner.

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