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Family Rescued From Drowning By Lifeguards

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7:01am 16th September 2014

A family has been rescued from rip currents at Whitsand Bay.

Lifeguards scrambled at Tregonhawke beach when a woman and three children were swept off their feet.

Two of the kids were taken to hospital, after showing signs of almost drowning.

Lifeguards Andy Wrennal, Daniel Holley, Joe Saunders and Aidan Hetherington were on duty on Saturday where conditions included a light south easterly wind and three to four foot surf. At approximately 3pm a large set of waves came in, breaking through the flagged bathing area at Tregonhawke.

A family of four, one mother and three young girls, were washed off their feet and taken sideways into a gully and rip current.

Senior lifeguard Andy Wrennal swam out with a rescue tube and brought two of the children back to shore, while Aidan Hetherington paddled out on a rescue board and rescued the third child. At the same time, lifeguard Daniel Holley paddled out on a rescue board and reached the mother, who was struggling to keep her head above water.

He manoeuvred her onto the rescue board and safely returned her to shore.

Paul Gunning, RNLI lifeguard supervisor, said: "Two of the children were found to be suffering from the signs of near drowning, and lifeguards used their casualty care skills to treat them accordingly. The mother and the third child were given reassurance and monitored as they were very distressed."

Paramedics arrived on scene with assistance from Tamar Coastguard, and after further assessment two of the children were taken to hospital for additional treatment.

Paul added: "It’s been fairly calm in recent weeks due to the high pressure, but the increase in wind last week created some large surf at Whistand Bay this weekend. There were some extremely powerful waves and one set unfortunately caught this family off guard, and as a result they were pushed into a strong rip current outside of the bathing area. The lifeguards responded very quickly and were extremely professional in their response.

"RNLI lifeguard patrols will continue at Tregonhawke and Tregantle beaches until Sunday 28 September, so we urge people heading to Whitsand Bay to visit these beaches and take heed of the lifeguard’s safety advice."

7:01am 16th September 2014

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