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Sea rescue family suffers hypothermia

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: January 04, 2013

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A FAMILY spent Christmas Eve in hospital with hypothermia after being rescued from the sea at Carlyon Bay.

Two boys, aged 9 and 14, had gone into the choppy waters trying to save their two pet dogs.

After being overcome by the rough sea, both their 16-year-old sister and their mother then went in to try to help them.

An off-duty fireman then also braved the waters to recover the family of four.

After a man nearby called 999, Brixham coastguard called out the St Austell coastguard rescue team and requested a rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose, plus the Fowey RNLI lifeboat. The coastguard rescue team was first to arrive, finding the family on the beach.

They assisted until a Royal Navy helicopter lifted the whole family to the Royal Cornwall Hospital, suffering with hypothermia.

The weather at the time was a south-westerly wind, force 4 with a rough swell. The air temperature was 7C, with a sea temperature of 8C.

Fiona Iris, Brixham coastguard watch manager, said: "Please do not enter the water after your dogs. More often than not, dogs will get themselves out of trouble."

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