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RNLI lifeguards rescue two watersports beginners

Lifeguards News Release

RNLI lifeguards rescued two watersports beginners at beaches in Cornwall today as seasonal RNLI lifeguard service resumed at a number of beaches in the county this weekend.

RNLI Lifeguards, on the first day of summer patrols at Gyllyngvase beach, came to the aid of a stand-up paddleboarder today when he got into difficulty in strong winds. Lifeguard Hugo Newington-Smith was patrolling the water’s edge when he noticed a paddleboarder drifting towards the reef and alerted fellow team member Matthew Stone. Matthew, who responded quickly and reached the casualty with his rescue board. He then assisted the learner paddleboarder safely back to shore.

Matthew Stone, RNLI lifeguard and chairman of Gyllyngvase Surf Lifesaving Club, said: ‘Whether you are local to Cornwall, or visiting on holiday, we’d urge beachgoers to head to an RNLI lifeguarded beach and to swim in the supervised area between the red and yellow flags. If you are trying out watersports for the first time we recommend seeking advice from the lifeguards on the wind and sea conditions before entering the water.’

An RNLI lifeguard at Perranporth beach also rescued a man in difficulty when he got caught out by rip currents today. A male adult bodyboarder drifted north of the area marked by red and yellow flags around 1pm on Saturday where strong rip currents were pulling to the south. Lifeguard Georgia Maughn assisted the novice bodyboarder, who was unable to get back to shore on his own, by helping him onto her rescue board and paddling him to safety.

Georgia Maughn, RNLI lifeguard, said: ‘If you find yourself in trouble in the water please raise your hand and call for help.  If you see someone else in trouble, tell a lifeguard, or if you can’t see a lifeguard, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. It is very important that you don’t try and attempt the rescue yourself – the situation could easily turn and you could find yourself in difficulty too.  RNLI lifeguards are all highly trained and will come to your assistance.’

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