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UPDATE: Woman and boy rescued from Woolacombe surf still in hospital

By NDJFran  |  Posted: September 02, 2014

  • The rescue which took place on Woolacombe beach last week. Photo: Ken Lynch.

  • The rescue which took place on Woolacombe beach last week. Photo: Ken Lynch.

  • The rescue which took place on Woolacombe beach last week. Photo: Ken Lynch.

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A WOMAN and boy who were pulled unconscious from the sea in Woolacombe remain in hospital.

The pair were pulled from heavy surf last Tuesday afternoon and were unconscious but breathing.

Both were taken to North Devon District Hospital but the nine-year-old boy was later taken to Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.

Police have confirmed the pair were unrelated.

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Both remain in hospital in a serious condition.

Police said officers had taken statements from witnesses at the beach following the incident, which happened at around 2.45pm.

Officers added that the surf conditions were particularly heavy at the time the woman, in her forties, and boy ran into difficulties.

A Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokesman said: “The Chivenor search and rescue helicopter, the Mortehoe Coastguard Rescue Team and Woolacombe Lifeguard, together with Devon and Cornwall Police, responded to a call, received by Swansea Maritime Rescue coordination centre at 2.45pm, that a person had got into difficulties and had been pulled from the water at Woolacombe.

“It transpired that two people - a woman and a child - had been pulled from the water and were in need of immediate medical assistance.

“They were transferred to an ambulance and taken to North Devon District hospital.”

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