AN experienced swimmer was rescued after they got caught in a rip current near rocks during their early morning swim this morning.

Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team were called out by South Western Ambulance Service at 9.34am this morning to reports of a person in the water off Maenporth Beach near Falmouth.

Also called out were, Porthoustock Coastguard Rescue Team, duty Senior Coastal Operations Officer SIIE, Coastguard Rescue Helicopter R924, Falmouth Lifeboat and further Ambulance resources.

The swimmer managed to get out of the water themselves but received treatment for hypothermia and was then taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital for further treatment.

A spokesman for the rescue team said: "On scene, the person had self-recovered and was receiving treatment for hypothermia. The casualty was later transported to Treliske Hospital for further care. All oncoming resources were then stood down.

"It was apparent that the casualty, who was an experienced sea swimmer, had got into difficulty while caught in a rip current just off the rocks to the south side of Maenporth.

"Remember, if you see someone in danger in the coast, dial 999 and ask for Coastguard, our Coastguard Operations Centre staff are available to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are able to get the appropriate resources to scene without delay."