Holidaymakers Rescued After Cornish Coast Tide Leaves Them 'Clinging To Rocks'

Posted: 8/04/2012 14:08 Updated: 8/04/2012 14:08   PA

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Three of the stranded were airlifted to safety by a helicopter (file picture)

Two holidaymakers were taken to hospital with hypothermia after being cut off by the tide on a Cornish beach.

They were part of a group of three women and one man - from London, Oxford and Brighton - who were trapped at Porthcurno beach on Saturday.

Coastguards said three were airlifted off a cliff by a helicopter from the Royal Naval Air Station in Culdrose. The other was rescued by a local RNLI lifeboat.

Two women, who were suffering with hypothermia, were then taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital at Treliske.

The incident came 24 hours after two people were airlifted from the same beach on Friday.

Land's End coastguards officer Dave Jackson said both groups had a lucky escape and stressed beachgoers should be more aware of tide times.

"One from the group on Saturday had been swept off the rocks by the waves and the others were clinging on to the rocks," he added

"How they did not fall off, I don't know."

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