Stranded couple airlifted from Crackington Haven rocks

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Two people stranded on rocks after getting cut off by the tide were airlifted to safety.

The couple were clinging to rocks at Crackington Haven near Bude, north Cornwall, as waves crashed around them.

A Bude RNLI Lifeboat crewman jumped into the water to grab one of the pair who had been washed into the sea.

A helicopter winched the "very lucky" pair to safety shortly after 15:30 GMT on Thursday, after the couple's friends who swam to shore raised the alarm.

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Image caption The coastguard rescue team and the Bude RNLI Lifeboat helped the pair after one was washed into the sea

Coastguard spokesman James Instance said: "They were in a precarious position and the force of the waves actually knocked one of them off the rocks and into the water.

"Their friends did the right thing by calling the UK Coastguard when they realised they had got into trouble."

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