Multiple Mass Rescues In Cornwall Waters
1 August 2018, 15:46
Around 20 people, including a young child, 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 in the upcoming hot weather to keep an eye on conditions.
With the heatwave set to return beach goers should always swim between the red and yellow flags if entering the water.
At Tregonhawke beach on July 31st, RNLI lifeguard Sean Paddon rescued an 11 year old boy who had become caught in a very sudden, strong rip current.
The boy's little 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 some 50m away from the shore.
When Sean reached the casualty he still being pushed out by the current and had inhaled some water.
The previous week RNLI lifeguards at Holywell Bay assisted nine casualties trapped in a rip current.
As the IRB was approaching the casualty, a further five people also got into difficulty in the current.
RNLI lifeguard Georgia Mawgan entered the water and used a rescue board to keep the group afloat before the IRB assisted them back to shore.
As Georgia began to paddle back to the beach, another three people began struggling in the same current.
Georgia assisted them until the IRB returned to take them to the beach.
On the same day at Gwithian beach, 10 bodyboarders became caught in a sudden rip current in around one metre surf.