Two dead after being swept from harbour wall by 15ft wave in bad weather

A woman, in her 20s, and a man, in his 40s, have died after being swept out to sea in Cornwall amid strong winds.

The pair were washed away by a five-metre swell after being dragged from a harbour wall in Mullion Cove, Heston.

A desperate rescue mission was launched shortly after 7pm, which saw them hoisted from the water by a coastguard helicopter.

They were quickly airlifted to Royal Cornwall Hospital but were later confirmed dead.

Police said their deaths are not being treated as suspicious.

A spokesperson for Penlee lifeboat said on Facebook that the weather conditions at the time were extremely challenging.

They said: ‘The operation included our colleagues from The Lizard RNLI Lifeboat Station, Mullion Coastguard Rescue Team & Porthleven Coastguard Team, and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency helicopter.

‘The weather was at the limit for the inshore lifeboat with force six winds and a heavy four to five meter swell.’

A police 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.’

They added: ‘Sadly, they were both later confirmed deceased. Their next of kin have been informed.’

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