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WATCH: A week of mass rip current rescues in Cornwall

WATCH: A week of mass rip current rescues in Cornwall

Published by Emma Carton at 7:25am 2nd August 2018. (Updated at 6:19pm 2nd August 2018)

Around 20 people, including a young child, have had to be plucked to safety in mass rescues across Cornwall.

The RNLI is warning beach-goers to keep an eye on conditions after multiple rip current rescues in the last week.

With the heatwave set to return, lifeguards are urging beach goers to swim between the red and yellow flags.

Tregonhawke Rescue

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The beach at Tregonhawke where an 11-year-old boy had to be rescued after getting caught in a strong rip current

An 11-year-old boy was saved after being caught in a strong current at Tregonhawke in south-east Cornwall.

His sister warned crews that the lad was in trouble, around 100m to the west of the red and yellow flags.

Lifeguard Sean Paddon immediately rushed into the water to keep the casualty afloat and help him back to shore.

When Sean reached the boy, he was still being pushed out by the current and had inhaled some water.

"The rip current yesterday was incredibly strong and occurred very suddenly.

"I entered the water to warn some swimmers to move back between the red and yellow flags and the force of the rip felt like a river.

"Sean was fantastic today in aiding the child, calming him down and ultimately saving his life".

Charlie Gillett, RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor

Holywell Bay Rescue

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The beach at Holywell Bay, where the RNLI had to rescue several groups of swimmers and bodyboarders in one day

Just last week, RNLI lifeguards at Holywell Bay assisted nine casualties trapped in a rip current.

Lifeguard Rohan Maynard spotted a bodyboarder struggling in the current to the south of the red and yellow flags and radioed for assistance.

As the inshore rescue boat was approaching the casualty, a further five people also got into difficulty in the current.

RNLI lifeguard Georgia Mawgan entered the water and used a rescue board to keep the group afloat, before the IRB assisted them back to shore.

As Georgia began to paddle back to the beach, another three people began struggling in the same current. Georgia assisted them until the IRB returned to take them to the beach.

Gwithian Rescue

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The beach at Gwithian where 10 bodyboarders had to be rescued by lifeguards; one of several mass rescues across Cornwall in the space of a week

On the same day at Gwithian beach, 10 bodyboarders became caught in a sudden rip current in around one metre surf.

RNLI lifeguard Barney Stevens launched the rescue jet ski into the surf and helped the exhausted casualties back to safety.

What is the advice for beach-goers?

Steve Instance, RNLI Community Safety Partner, has issued this warning ahead of the return of Cornwall's run of sun.

''With the hot weather set to return, we're asking visitors not to let their guard down at the beach.

"The sea is dangerous whatever the weather and the bigger swell forecast for the next few days means an increased chance of rip currents.

"We have seen some really sudden, strong rip currents catching people out who weren't swimming between the red and yellow flags.

"If you are going for a swim, remember to swim between the red and yellow flags as this marks out the safest area to swim on the beach".

Read more safety advice from the RNLI or watch the mass rescue at Gwithian...

Lifeguards pluck bodyboarders to safety during a mass rescue at Gwithian

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