VIDEO: RNLI rescue multiple people from rip currents in Cornwall
PUBLISHED: 14:54 02 August 2018 | UPDATED: 14:54 02 August 2018
Around 20 people, including children, have had to be rescued across Cornwall in the past week having been caught in rip currents
The RNLI are warning visitors to the beach to keep an eye on conditions after multiple rescues of people caught in rip currents. Lifeguards in Cornwall are asking beach-goers to swim only between the red and yellow flags if entering the water.
Steve Instance, RNLI Community Safety Partner, said:
“With the hot weather set to return, we’re asking visitors not to let their guard down at the beach.
We have seen some really sudden, strong rip currents catching people out who weren’t swimming between the red and yellow flags. If you are going for a swim, remember to swim between the red and yellow flags as this marks out the safest area to swim on the beach.”
At Tregonhawke beach, a RNLI lifeguard Sean Paddon rescued an 11 year old boy who had become caught in a very sudden, strong rip current. The boy’s sister warned the lifeguards that her brother was in trouble around 100m to the west of the red and yellow flags.
Sean immediately entered the water with a rescue tube to assist the boy who was already 50m away from the shore. When Sean reached the casualty he still being pushed out by the current and had inhaled some water. Sean used the rescue tube to keep the casualty afloat, reassure him and help him back to shore.
The previous week RNLI lifeguards at Holywell Bay assisted nine casualties trapped in a rip current. RNLI lifeguard Rohan Maynard spotted a bodyboarder struggling to the south of the red and yellow flags and radioed for assistance. A further eight people got into difficulty in the same rip current.
On the same day at Gwithian beach, 10 bodyboarders became caught in a sudden rip current in around one metre surf. RNLI lifeguard Barney Stevens launched the Rescue Water Craft (jet ski) into the surf and assisted the exhausted casualties back to safety ashore.