15 swimmers rescued at Watergate Bay

17 July 2018, 12:08 | Updated: 17 July 2018, 12:11

Watergate Bay

Swimmers are being told to stay safe after 15 people were rescued in one afternoon at Watergate Bay.

RNLI lifeguards ran to their rescue on Saturday afternoon after noticing the swimmers were drifting outside of the red and yellow flags due to a strong current. 

Mark Priem, RNLI lifeguard supervisor for the area, said: ''Whilst all the swimmers were doing the correct thing by swimming between the red and yellow flags, weather and tide conditions can suddenly change, as they did on Saturday which caused the swimmers to drift away from the flagged area. 

''This rescue comes only a few weeks after RNLI lifeguards at nearby Fistral beach aided 16 people caught in a rip current. 

''We suggest that all beachgoers visit a lifeguarded beach as we provide much greater safety for swimmers and water sports enthusiasts. We also advise to keep an eye on the flags whilst swimming in case conditions change and to ask the lifeguards on duty for any advice.''