Young woman and man swept to their death after being knocked off sea wall by choppy waves

A YOUNG woman and a man have died after being knocked off a sea wall by choppy waves in Cornwall.

The woman in her 20s and man in his 40s were swept from the harbour wall at Mullion Cove on Monday evening.

They were winched from the water and taken to Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro, before their deaths were confirmed.

Photos taken during the rescue at Mullion Cove showed a coastguard helicopter searching the waters and what appeared to be an RNLI lifeboat below, weathering choppy conditions.

The coastguard confirmed that the Penlee and the Lizard lifeboats attended the scene, joining coastguard rescue teams from Mullion and Porthleven, Cornwall Live reported.

A HM Coastguard helicopter from Newquay was also present.

A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “Police were called by the coastguard at 7.15pm last night to Mullion Cove, Helston, following reports that two people had been swept into the sea from the harbour wall.

“Ambulance, police, HM Coastguard and their helicopter attended the scene.

“A woman in her 20s and a man in his 40s, were recovered from the water by the coastguard helicopter crew and taken to Treliske hospital.

“Sadly, they were both later confirmed deceased. Their next of kin have been informed.

"The deaths are not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner in due course.”

It came as the tail-end of Hurricane Zeta battered Britain, with a month's worth of rain falling in 24 hours.

The ex-tropical storm sparked wet and windy conditions across the country, leaving cars under water in the north west and winds blasting the south.

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