Two surfers rescued from Bantham rip current

Bantham surfers' rescue, 2 Feb 2014 Image copyright Jonny Crosbie
Image caption The search and rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose flew the surfers to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth

Two women have been airlifted to hospital after being caught in a rip current off the Devon coast.

Brixham Coastguard said the women were surfing off Bantham when they got into difficulties just after 11:00.

Hope Cove and Bigbury Coastguard Rescue teams, the RNLI's Salcombe all-weather lifeboat and a helicopter from RNAS Culdrose were involved in the rescue.

The women, who have not been named, were flown to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, but later discharged.

"They were cold and had ingested a lot of water, but otherwise appeared unharmed thankfully," a Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokesman told BBC News.

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