Newquay RNLI volunteers rescue swimmer from rip current

Lifeboats News Release

At 4.35pm on Wednesday (24 June), Newquay RNLI lifeboat crew were called along with Newquay Coastguard to assist a swimmer in difficulty in the sea at Porth.

Newquay RNLI crew on the station's D class inshore lifeboat

Toby Abbs

Library picture of Newquay RNLI crew on the station's D class inshore lifeboat

The charity’s D class inshore lifeboat was launched in a light wind with a three-to-five-foot swell and on reaching the man, could see that he was struggling to get back to shore.

The RNLI crew rescued the man from the water and landed him safely at Newquay Harbour within 20 minutes of the alert, where an ambulance crew were waiting to check him for any injuries. The man was joined by his family and taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.

An RNLI spokesperson said: ‘If you’re visiting the coast, please use a lifeguarded beach, where possible. If you're caught in a rip current, raise your hand and shout for help. Swim parallel to the shore until you’re free of the rip, rather than trying to swim straight back to the beach against the current, which will exhaust you. For any coastal emergency, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard’.

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For more information please contact Andy Hobkinson, Newquay RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at or 07880 507464 or Marianne Quinn, Regional Media Officer at or 07786 668847 or contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.

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