Three children rescued after huge emergency service response at beach

Emergency searches were organised on a beach near Plymouth to find three children who reportedly became lost after heading out on the water. A Coastguard helicopter was mobilised in the search at Mothecombe beach, alongside rescue teams and RNLI crews.

HM Coastguard was alerted to the incident at around 5.45pm today (Wednesday, June 26). Several eyewitnesses in the area told PlymouthLive the group of kids were 'stranded' on the water after paddle boarding out from the beach.

One person said: "Coastguards and coastguard helicopter at Mothecombe beach. Believe it is down to children stranded in the water lots of coast guard boats also been about 25 mins or so now but still no sign."

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At around 8pm, one local said the children had been found and were taken a South Western Ambulance Service ambulance. A spokesperson for HM Coastguard confirmed all three children were recovered to the shore and were accounted for.

The spokesperson said: "HM Coastguard were tasked to reports of 3 children in the water near Mothecombe Beach today, 26 June at 5:45pm. Bigbury and Yealm Coastguard Rescue Teams, RNLI Salcombe and Plymouth lifeboats, a Coastguard helicopter and South Western Ambulance Service were on scene. All casualties was recovered ashore and have been accounted for."