Man in his twenties dies and two are seriously injured after being pulled from sea in Devon as 28C heatwave sees sunseekers rushing to the beach
- A man aged in his twenties has died after being pulled from the sea near Torbay yesterday, police said
- Two others who were lifted from the seas in remained seriously injured in hospital overnight
- Sea swell and windy conditions were causing swimmers and kayakers to strike rocks along the shoreline
A man in his twenties died after being pulled from the sea near Torbay yesterday.
Two others who were lifted from the seas remain seriously injured in hospital today as Devon and Cornwall police have declared a ‘critical incident’ at the seaside resort.
High pressure across the south west means there are severe wind warnings in place for Devon and Cornwall until midday, where wind speeds could reach 50mph.
A man in his twenties, thought to be a tourist, died after being pulled from the sea with another person near Torbay
Two men, both believed to be holidaymakers, in their twenties were pulled from the sea at Babbacombe near Torquay at 2pm yesterday and taken to Torbay District Hospital.
One could not be saved and the other is fighting for his life in hospital.
A third man fell into the sea near the resort’s Imperial Hotel at 4pm and was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries.
Sea swell and windy conditions were causing swimmers and kayakers to strike rocks along the shoreline.
Coastguards and police were involved in three incidents in south Devon.
In nearby Paignton, two kayakers were lifted from the sea.
Devon and Cornwall police warned of strong easterly winds across the two counties and advised people to take extra care as they appeal for witnesses to come forward.
Temperatures hit 27C in Exeter, Devon, and Bude, Cornwall.
Two others who were lifted from the seas remain seriously injured in hospital today as Devon and Cornwall police have declared a ‘critical incident’ at the seaside resort
A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall police said: ‘Police were notified around 2pm that two people had been pulled from the sea off Torquay by the RNLI lifeboat.
‘Emergency services including ambulance, police and HM Coastguard attended the scene where the men were brought into Babbacombe Beach and taken to Torbay district hospital.
‘Police enquires remain ongoing at this time.
High pressure across the south west means there are severe wind warnings in place for Devon and Cornwall until midday tomorrow, where wind speeds could reach 50mph
This woman in Lyme Regis, Dorset, is pictured with painful sunburn as scorching temperatures beam down on the UK
‘The Met Office are reporting strong easterly winds across Devon and Cornwall and moderate to rough sea conditions, particularly on the south coast.
‘Anyone entering the sea in this warm weather is advised to be aware of the conditions and take extra care.’
A coastguard spokesman added: ‘HM Coastguard received a call from a member of the public just after 1.10pm on June 27 reporting two people in difficulty in the water near Babbacombe.
‘Torbay and Teignmouth coastguard rescue teams, Teignmouth RNLI lifeboat, the Newquay coastguard helicopter, Devon and Cornwall Police, South West Ambulance Service and two helimed were sent to the scene.
‘The two people were recovered to the lifeboat before being passed into the care of the ambulance service.
‘A search is currently taking place in the area as a precautionary measure to make sure there are no other people in the water in distress.’
Public Health England has a Level 2 heat health risk in place, which means hospital patients, children and the elderly in the south west, west midlands and south east are between 60 and 80 per cent likely to be at serious risk of suffering from the heat.
During a previous heatwave in August 2003, a 10-day heatwave resulted in 2,000 deaths with forecasters warning the most vulnerable could see their lives at risk.
The scorching conditions starting today will also come with a price of high pollen and UV levels as well as risks of further bug infestations.