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Rip Current Rescue Warning

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 9:20am 17th July 2014.

Another rescue, another rip current warning for Cornwall.

Last week, Pirate FM told you about 10 surfers and bodyboarders rescued at Gwithian as lifeguards were packing up for the day.

Now seven others have been caught in the dangerous tides at Polzeath.

Coastguards got the call on Wednesday night.

Simon Hannaford is a sea safety officer for the RNLI.

He says the message is simple: "Most of the beaches used by the general public have got lifeguards on. They're there for a reason. Swim between the flags and do exactly what you're told by the lifeguards. If they tell you to get out of the water, get out of the water as soon as you can; there is a reason why.

"It's the safety side of it. We don't know what the tide's doing and we have a lot of under currents here as well and they're out there very quickly. They save a phenomenal amount of lives. A lot of the work that the lifeboats used to do is now being done by the lifeguards."

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