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WATCH: How to spot a rip after yet another rescue

WATCH: How to spot a rip after yet another rescue

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:31am 3rd August 2018. (Updated at 1:01pm 3rd August 2018)

A dad and daughter, swept out to sea in a sudden rip current at a busy Cornish beach, have been saved in the nick of time.

Lifeguards managed to reach the pair at Perran Sands, just as the girl was slipping out of her father's grip.

The RNLI has rescued six people there in just two days, spotting this pair just minutes after helping a group of bodyboarders.

"I reached the little girl just as she was slipping out of her father’s grip. I immediately helped her and held her above the water until Frazer arrived in the IRB and we helped her into the boat.

"In the meantime, her father had become extremely exhausted attempting to hold her up and had begun to slip under the water.

"I managed to grab him just before he went under and myself and Frazer helped him into the IRB".

Lifeguard Jackson Edwards

The shout was one of several mass rip current rescues across Cornwall in the last week.

Mass rip current rescue at Gwithian

"There was a lot of water movement in these sudden rip currents and, with the irregular sets of very big surf, it was difficult to hold the IRB in position to transfer the casualties across.

"Thankfully, Jackson managed to get hold of the two casualties just as they were beginning to slip under the water".

Lifeguard Frazer Thompson-Hewitt

The RNLI has issued another warning about the dangers of rip currents, as Cornwall's run of sun is set to return.

"It has been a really busy few days here at a Perranporth and around Cornwall we have seen lots of rescues involving people caught in rip currents.

"If you are planning on heading to the beach this weekend, especially with the hot weather set to return, please come to a lifeguarded one.

"Always remember to swim between the red and yellow flags as this marks the safest swimming area on the beach. 

"If you do find yourself caught in a rip current, don’t try and swim against it. If you can, stand up or swim parallel to the shore until free of the rip. Raise your hand and shout for help to attract the lifeguards’ attention".

Ben Gardiner

You can read more advice from the RNLI here or watch how to spot and escape a rip current...

How to spot and escape from a rip current

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