Couple and their dog safe after being washed off breakwater at Mullion Cove, Cornwall

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Members of the public who saw a woman and her dog being washed off the breakwater and into the sea, after being hit by a large wave at Mullion Cove. Her partner entered the water to help and all were able to get themselves quickly out of the water. Mullion Coastguard Rescue Team was sent along with the ambulance service. The couple have been taken to hospital to be checked over.

Phil Norman, duty controller for HM Coastguard said: ‘The couple were extremely lucky, it could have ended very differently for them.

‘This weekend we’re experiencing high winds which is making wave patterns even more unpredictable than usual. This incident shows just how easily you can be caught out by large waves.

‘I really would urge people to stay well away from breaking waves, there is no doubt that they make dramatic scenes but it just takes one unpredictable wave and you may not make it home to your loved ones. Please stay safe, stay back and stay dry but remember if you do see someone in trouble at sea or along the coast call 999 and ask for the coastguard.’

Published 29 October 2019

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