Police were called by the Coastguard at 7.15pm last night to Mullion Cove, Helston, following reports of that two people had been swept into the sea from the harbour wall.
A woman in her 20s and a man in his 40s, were recovered from the water by the Coastguard helicopter crew and taken to Treliske hospital.
Sadly, they were both later confirmed deceased. Their next of kin have been informed.
The deaths are not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner in due course.
Mullion Coastguard said:
As always a huge thanks to Penlee Lifeboat and The Lizard RNLI Lifeboat Station who both turned out last night in terrible sea state and Porthleven Coastguard Team who attended to provide additional support whilst we had team members on the harbour itself during the rescue.
Penlee Lifeboat added:
At 19:42 on Monday 2nd of November the Penlee Lifeboat, an Inshore B-Class Atlantic 85, ‘The Mollie and Ivor Dent’ was launched by HM Coastguard to aid in the search for possible casualties at Mullion harbour. The operation included our colleagues from The Lizard RNLI Lifeboat Station with ‘Rose’ a slipway launched Tamar class all-weather lifeboat, Mullion Coastguard Rescue Team & Porthleven Coastguard Team, and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency helicopter ‘Rescue 924’.
The weather was at the limit for the inshore lifeboat with WSW force six winds and a heavy four to five metre swell. The casualties were air-lifted to Treliske hospital by ‘Rescue 924’.