Police officers and coastguard rescuers were called to an emergency in Torquay this evening after concerns were raised for a man swimming in the sea, it has been confirmed.
Locals spotted coastguard crews and ‘approximately 20’ police officers on Torquay waterfront and claimed there was a “major search” after reports of a body in the water, near Abbey Sands.
It’s understood that after an extensive search, a man was located, alive, by lifeboat rescuers.
He has been taken to hospital by ambulance.
A witness told DevonLive: “All [emergency] services called to reports of a body in the water at Torquay Seafront, near Abbey Sands at 17:00.
“Major search with 20 police officers, coastguard boat etc.”
“Ambulance services attending person on stretcher.”
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HM Coastguard has confirmed that rescue crews were called to an incident at 5pm this evening.
A spokesperson said: “HM Coastguard were called just before 5 this evening [Sunday] by Devon and Cornwall police after concerns were raised for a man who had been swimming off Torquay.
“Torbay and Berry Head coastguard rescue teams, Torbay RNLI lifeboat and South West Ambulance Service all were sent.
“The man was located by the lifeboat and taken to hospital by ambulance.”