Cornish angler washed off rocks by wave

An angler from Cornwall is critically ill in hospital after he was washed off rocks by a wave at Rinsey Head near Porthleven.

Falmouth coastguard said the man was in rough seas for at least 20 minutes.

He was with a group of fishermen at around 19.15 GMT on Sunday when he was washed into the sea.

A crew from RNAS Culdrose in Helston managed to winch him on board a rescue helicopter and take the angler to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro.

Richie Williams from Falmouth Coastguard said: "There were a number of people down there last night, and with the strong south-easterly winds quite a bit of swell as well.

"It was quite difficult conditions and certainly rough weather to be fishing in that area.

"The fishermen did report that this particular wave washed off several bags of their fishing gear too."

The rescue helicopter 193 from RNAS Culdrose, the RNLI's all-weather and inshore lifeboat from Penlee, and the Porthleven coastguard rescue teams were involved in the rescue.

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