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Cornwall: New Year Paddler Swept Away By Sea
A major search is under way for a person who was swept out to sea after going for a New Year's Eve paddle with friends.
They were in the sea at Loe Bar, near Porthleven, Cornwall when the missing person, who has not been named, was swept off their feet by a large wave.
One of the group alerted Falmouth Coastguard, which mobilised rescue teams from Penzance, Porthleven, Mullion and Porthoustock, and RNLI lifeboats from Penlee and Lizard.
A helicopter from RNAS Culdrose also helped in the search in atrocious conditions.
Phil Mathias, Falmouth Coastguard watch manager, said: "The weather for searching has been particularly challenging and as the night has gone on, conditions have deteriorated."
The search was suspended at 4.30am, but resumed at first light with fresh search teams.
Meanwhile, a woman has drowned after being swept out to sea off the north Devon coast.
A coastguard helicopter and lifeboat crews were sent to find the unnamed woman, who was pulled from the water at around 1pm on Tuesday.
"She was airlifted to North Devon District Hospital where attempts to revive her were sadly unsuccessful," a Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said.
The woman, thought to be a holidaymaker visiting Croyde Bay, was swept out in rough waves near Braunton.
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