Perranporth RNLI lifeguards rescue bodyboarders caught in rip currents
RNLI lifeguards at Perranporth rescued two bodyboarders caught in rip currents in two separate incidents yesterday afternoon (Wednesday 18 July).
Just after 2pm yesterday afternoon, RNLI lifeguards Max Lawrence and Sam Chamberlain were completing a routine training session in their inshore rescue boat (IRB) when they were alerted to a group of people caught in a sudden rip current who were drifting to the south of the red and yellow flags.
Whilst the rest of the group managed to get out of the rip, Max and Sam spotted one bodyboarder struggling against the current in the one metre surf whilst attempting to return back to shore. They immediately made their way over to the casualty, helped him into the IRB and back to safety on the beach.
Later in the afternoon, RNLI lifeguard George Hudson used a rescue board to assist another bodyboarder caught in a rip current drifting out again to the south of the red and yellow flags. George helped the casualty onto the rescue board and back to shore.
Ben Gardiner, RNLI lifeguards supervisor for the area, said:
‘A lot of the rescues we deal with on the beach involve rip currents. On Perranporth, rip currents occur often at low tide, catching people in the water off guard. We advise that you always visit a lifeguarded beach and swim between the red and yellow flags, as this is the safest area to swim.
If you do find yourself caught in a rip current, don’t try and swim against it or you will become exhausted. If you can, swim parallel to the shore until free of the rip and then head for shore. If you have a bodyboard, use it as a flotation device to hang onto until the lifeguards reach you. Always wave one hand in the air and shout for help.
Please feel free to speak to the lifeguards on duty if you need any advice about tide times and local hazards.’
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- RNLI lifeguards patrol over 249 beaches around the UK and Channel Islands
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