Man and woman die after being swept into rough sea from harbour wall

A man and a woman have died after being swept into sea from a harbour wall.

Both victims were winched from the water and taken to Royal Cornwall Hospital at Truro after being swept to sea at Mullion Cove.

Photos that emerged from the scene of the rescue at Mullion Cove showed a coastguard helicopter searching the waters and what appeared to be an RNLI lifeboat below, weathering choppy conditions.

The coastguard confirmed that the Penlee and the Lizard lifeboats assisted with the operation, joining coastguard rescue teams from Mullion and Porthleven. A HM Coastguard helicopter from Newquay was also present.

Devon and Cornwall Police has now confirmed both sadly died.

A spokesperson said: “Police were called by the coastguard at 7.15pm last night to Mullion Cove, Helston, following reports of that two people had been swept into the sea from the harbour wall.

“Ambulance, police, HM Coastguard and their helicopter attended the scene.

“A woman in her 20s and a man in his 40s, were recovered from the water by the coastguard helicopter crew and taken to Treliske hospital.

“Sadly, they were both later confirmed deceased. Their next of kin have been informed. The deaths are not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner in due course.”