Coastguard prevents woman from swimming in "atrocious" seas

The Coastguard prevented a woman from needing a "very high risk" rescue as she attempted to swim in "atrocious" weather this morning. 

The waves at Torcross beach this morning - credit HM Coastguard

A Coastguard unit was passing Slapton Memorial car park when they were flagged down by a member of the public. They were very concerned for a woman they had spotted trying to enter the sea in just a swimming costume. 

The crew members went down onto the beach to speak to the woman, who they caught just as she entered the water. 

A spokesperson for HM Coastguard said: "Conditions were absolutely atrocious with 12-15- foot waves covering the beach and the lady could easily have been injured or washed out to sea, prompting what would be a very high risk rescue effort. 

"After some stern words of advice the person was convinced to return home."

There is currently a yellow weather warning in place from the Met Office, and with the heavy rain there is lots of surface water about on the roads so drive carefully and stay safe. In an emergency, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. 

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