Swimmer dies after getting in trouble at popular Devon beach as temperatures soar in UK

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Police tape (PA Archive)
Police tape (PA Archive)

A person has died after reportedly getting in to trouble in the sea at a popular beach in Devon.

Witnesses say they saw a woman being pulled from the water on Croyde beach in North Devon on Saturday.

They said she was then treated by paramedics on the beach in front of shocked witnesses. Officials have since confirmed the person died.

HM Coastguard and RNLI crews attended the scene with medics and police at 10.30am.

HM Coastguard added: “HM Coastguard coordinated the response after receiving reports of someone in trouble in the sea at Croyde Bay just after 10.30am yesterday.

“Croyde RNLI Lifeguards, Croyde, Ilfracombe and Mortehoe coastguard rescue teams have all been sent, along with an air ambulance. South West Ambulance Service were also involved.

“The person in the water was rescued and handed into the care of the ambulance service.”

A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “A body was located in the water. Non-suspicious circumstances.”

A spokesperson for South West Ambulance Service NHS Trust (SWASFT), said: “South Western Ambulance Service was called on Saturday, July 17 at 10.42 regarding a medical incident on Croyde Sands, North Devon.

“We sent land ambulance crews, Helimed, a critical care car and Basics Doctor to attend the incident.”

An anonymous beach-goer told Devon Live: “I walked up over by the rocks, as a lady was being pulled out.

“She was given CPR by someone on the beach.

“I wanted to help as this was extremely distressing. So I decided to walk to the pathway at the top by the car park and stop people walking down, especially those with children as I didn’t want them to witness the CPR.

“I just want to say, how quick the lifeguards were there, and the emergency services were as fantastic as usual, in an extremely difficult situation.

“Also incidents like this really bring out the best in people, in this country. Bystanders just doing what they could.”

It comes as the Met Office said the mercury could hit 32C (89.6F) in London on Sunday, making it the hottest day of 2021 so far in the UK – although it could be beaten again in coming days.

All four nations recorded their highest temperature for the year so far on Saturday, with 30.3C (86.54F) recorded in Coton In The Elms, Derbyshire, 29.6C (85.28F) reached in Usk, Monmouthshire, Wales and 28.2C (82.76F) in Threave, in the Dumfries and Galloway region of Scotland.

However, those highs are expected to be beaten on Sunday in Wales and England with temperatures predicted to reach 30C (86F) in Cardiff and 32C in London.

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