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VIDEO: Rip Current Rescues off Cornwall

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 2:37pm 28th June 2013

Seven people who were being dragged out to sea by rip currents off Cornwall have been rescued in the space of a day.

Lifeguards managed to reach two surfers at Perranporth on Thursday afternoon, before three body boarders were plucked to safety.

Two others had to be saved at Porthtowan.

Dickon Berriman, Lifeguard Manager for Carrick and Kerrier, said: "These incidents really demonstrate the value of bathing and surfing at a lifeguarded beach, so that the lifeguards can keep an eye on visitors and assist them if they get into difficulty.

"Flash rip currents are notorious on these open sandy beaches, once caught in one, it can take you out of your depth very quickly. If you are caught in a rip or a strong current, try to relax, use your board (if you have one) for buoyancy, raise an arm and wait to be rescued – concentrate on staying afloat rather than trying to swim against the current."

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