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Coast Guard helicopter lands in harbor during Carbis Bay rescue operation

One person was retrieved from the water and brought inland by a Coast Guard helicopter for transport to hospital after multiple 999 calls reported a person in the water at Carbis Bay on Friday evening.

The incident happened around 8:30 p.m. and a victim was airlifted to St Ives Harbor to be transferred to an ambulance, the Maritime and Coast Guard Agency said.

The St Ives Coast Guard Rescue Team rushed to the scene in Carbis Bay following several 999 calls which reported a person in the water at Carbis Bay.

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The RNLI, a search and rescue helicopter, and the ambulance service were also tasked with the rescue.

A video by Will Baxter shows the Coast Guard helicopter landing in St Ives harbor last night.

A spokesperson for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: “At approximately 8:30 pm yesterday (August 6), HM Coastguard received several 999 calls reporting a person in the water at Carbis Bay.

“The St Ives Coast Guard Rescue Team and the RNLI have been dispatched, alongside the Newquay Search and Rescue Helicopter and the South Western Ambulance Service.

“One person was collected from the water and taken to St Ives Harbor to be transferred to hospital.”

It comes shortly after the Coast Guard called for people to take care of the coast after nine deaths over a 10-day period.

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The warning came as schools went their separate ways for the summer and ahead of World Drowning Prevention Day, Sunday, July 25, organized by the United Nations to highlight the problem.

A coast guard spokeswoman said: “Coast guards across the UK have issued a stern warning to be careful of the coast or risk tragic consequences.

“The warning comes as many are expected to travel to the coast for beach holidays and outings in the UK during the remaining summer months.

“In the past 10 days, HM Coastguard has recorded that nine people have sadly died while visiting the beach or the coast.

“Each death represents a large-scale tragedy for the families and friends of those who have died. Others have suffered life-changing injuries.”

Claire Hughes, Director of HM Coastguard, said: “We cannot stress this enough – the sea has no respect whether you are local or not and whether you are experienced or not.

“Please always check the weather conditions and tide times before going out. The Coast Guard will always answer 999 and do everything possible to get people home and to safety.

“But be careful. Think twice about what you are doing on the coast that could endanger you, your family and friends and even those who come to rescue you. love, go home safe and sound.

“We have already seen too many tragedies this summer and we are sad for those whose families have been heartbroken by the loss.”

Coastguards advise beach visitors to check tide times and be aware of ocean currents, hidden depths, and return currents.

The rescue service also recommends not using inflatables and people make sure they have a fully charged phone, 999 being the Coast Guard emergency contact number.

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