One person has been airlifted to hospital this afternoon after a number of people became caught in a rip current.

Lifeboats from St Agnes and St Ives were scrambled along with the coastguard rescue helicopter to the Wheal Charlotte area near St Agnes.

It followed reports of "several potential casualties."

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A spokesperson for St Ives RNLI said that as the crew arrived all casualties had been accounted for by the other emergency teams already on scene, but that one person needed immediate medical attention on the beach before they were airlifted on for further treatment at at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro.

"The crew began their return back to the station performing a full sweep of the local beaches," added the spokesperson.

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It was not long before the St Ives crew were back out again, however.

Shortly after returning from the previous shout they were paged again by Falmouth Coastguard, requesting the crew's helping with a search for a missing casualty.

Both the inshore and all-weather lifeboats were launched, but not long after hitting the water the person was found and both crews were stood down.