A holidaymaker from Oxford was in a group of four rescued on a Cornish beach after being cut off by the tide.

The three women and one man became trapped at Porthcurno beach on Saturday.

Three of them were airlifted off a cliff by a helicopter from the Royal Naval Air Station in Culdrose and another was rescued by a local RNLI lifeboat.

Two women suffering with hypothermia were taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Treliske.

Land’s End coastguards officer Dave Jackson said the group had a lucky escape and stressed beachgoers should be more aware of tide times.

He said: “One from the group had been swept off the rocks by the waves and the others were clinging on to the rocks.

“How they did not fall off, I don’t know.”

The group also included holidaymakers from London and Brighton. It is unknown which of the casualties were from Oxford.