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VIDEO: Young Body Boarder Rescued in North Cornwall

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4:08pm 28th July 2014
(Updated 4:08pm 28th July 2014)

After figures revealed a fifth of children have had a drowning 'near miss' in open water, a young body boarder has been rescued in north Cornwall.

Lifeguards swam out to help the lad who after he got caught in strong currents at Chapel Porth on Friday.

A swimmer was also plucked to safety minutes afterwards.

The RNLI says last week was also busy for the lifeguard team, with Perranporth lifeguards dealing with 102 minor first aid incidents.

On Tuesday lifeguards at Perran Sands rescued two bodyboarders from a rip current using a rescue board and at St Agnes, RNLI lifeguards helped a young girl who'd sustained damage to her ankle.

Dickon Berriman, RNLI lifeguard manager for the area, said: "The summer holidays are now here and as a result we've seen thousands head to the beach to make the most of the recent glorious weather. Hundreds of people have been in the water and the lifeguards are working hard to keep everybody safe.

"It's great to see so many people enjoying the beautiful beaches that Cornwall has to offer but we'd like to remind people that the sea is a very changeable environment so it's important people are realistic about their ability in the water. Our key advice is to choose a lifeguarded beach and swim between the red and yellow flags, where a team of professional lifeguards will be looking out for people. If you get caught in a rip current, don't panic or try to swim against it; swim parallel to the shore until you're free. By following this advice people can make sure they have a safe and enjoyable summer."

It was a busy weekend for the RNLI in Bude too.

The RNLI says lifeguards at Crooklets and Summerleaze beaches worked together to help around 30 bathers who had got caught in a flash rip current yesterday afternoon (Sunday 27 July). The lifeguards worked with volunteers from Bude Surf Lifesaving Club to get everybody back to shore safely.

The majority of the incidents happened yesterday afternoon, as a strong rip current formed in three foot swell and an incoming tide. Many bathers and bodyboarders were quickly taken out of their depth in the current, so the lifeguard teams from Crooklets and Summerleaze worked together to bring everybody back to the beach.

Ross Hambley, RNLI lifeguard supervisor, said:

"We had a huge volume of people on the beaches in Bude this weekend and as a result some got caught out in the strong rip current. The lifeguards worked extremely well to support each other and it was a great example of all the teams pulling together. It was fantastic that the Bude Surf Lifesaving Club volunteers were on the beach doing their voluntary patrols as they were a great help in ensuring all casualties were rescued.

"There is a particularly strong rip current at Crooklets at the moment and we do have safety signage urging people to stay between the red and yellow flags. Rip currents can be very dangerous and can easily catch people out so it's always best to swim between the red and yellow flags on a beach as this is the safest area and is monitored by the lifeguards."

4:08pm 28th July 2014

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