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VIDEO: Rip Current Rescue at Bude

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7:26am 24th July 2014
(Updated 7:26am 24th July 2014)

A young boy heard screaming for help at Bude has been plucked to safety.

The young lad was dragged out to sea by a strong rip current at Crooklets on Tuesday afternoon.

He was shaken-up but not hurt.

The RNLI said:

'RNLI lifeguards at Crooklets beach in Bude rescued a young boy who was heard screaming for help yesterday.

The boy had been dragged away from the beach in a very strong rip current at about 4pm.

Lifeguard Joby Wolfenden-Brown paddled out on a rescue board and grabbed the boy, who was struggling and clearly in a lot of distress by the incident.

He was brought back to shore and reunited with his family.

Strong rip currents have formed at Crooklets beach this year.

Earlier in the day, six people were pulled from the water after they became stuck in a rip current.'

Chris Wafer, RNLI lifeguard supervisor, gives this advice: "If you're stuck in a rip current do not panic or swim against the current, keep hold of your flotation device and raise your arm and signal for help.  If you see somebody in trouble call 999 and ask for the Coastguard. Rip currents can be very dangerous so it's best to swim between the red and yellow flags on an RNLI lifeguarded beach."

7:26am 24th July 2014

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