Unconscious woman and child rescued from sea off Woolacombe

Woolacombe (Pic: Mark Thomas) Officers have been questioning people on the beach since the rescue

A nine-year-old boy and a woman who were both unconscious in the sea have been rescued by RNLI lifeguards.

Emergency services were called to Woolacombe, Devon, at about 15:30 BST. The pair were taken to North Devon District Hospital by a search and rescue helicopter, police said.

The incident is not being treated as suspicious but police said they both "remain seriously ill".

Officers have been questioning people on the beach since the rescue.

A spokesman from Swansea Coastguard said there had been a large swell and "extremely high" spring tide which had resulted in a number of rescues off the Devon coast.

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