RNLI lifeguards rescue five people after their safety patrols had ended
Off duty RNLI lifeguards rescued five swimmers at Porth beach on Monday evening (16 June).
RNLI lifeguards Jack Daniels, Maysha Ahrens, Andy Houlder and Sonny Timson were driving home after their shift on Mawgan Porth had finished at 6pm. As they were passing neighbouring Porth beach, they spotted five people swimming in the river area.
The area is a very dangerous spot of the beach due to the constant flow of water from the river out to sea. This creates a very strong, permanent current – especially during high tides which is when this incident occurred.
RNLI lifeguard Andy Houlder used the PA system on the beach to warn the swimmers of the dangers whilst senior RNLI lifeguard Jack Daniels paddled over using a rescue board. Jack then assisted the five swimmers back to safety ashore.
Mark Priem, RNLI lifeguard supervisor for the area, said:
‘When the lifeguards are on duty, this area of the beach is signposted warning beachgoers not to enter the water and the red and yellow flags are placed well away from the current.
When the lifeguards are not on duty, there is signage located at all three of the main entrances to the beach warning of the dangerous current. There are also two life rings located on the beach – one by the entrance to the north side of the beach and one on the steps next to the lifeguard unit.
We advise all beachgoers to visit the beach when the lifeguards are on duty and to swim between the red and yellow flags. We are on duty everyday 10am-6pm daily and, when visiting the beach, please do not hesitate to ask the lifeguards on duty for any advice.’
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