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WATCH: Mum and child get caught in rip current

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Published by Sarah Yeoman at 12:53pm 16th August 2018. (Updated at 2:28pm 16th August 2018)

Photo: Visit Cornwall

A mum and child have been rescued after getting caught in a rip current at Sennen Cove.

The pair got into difficulty at around 6.30pm on Wednesday evening.

Lifeguard Matthew Szlitchta had just finished his patrols and was in a local beach café with the rest of the team when they saw what was happening.

The boy, who was about 10 years old, was on a bodyboard when he got caught in a rip.

The child's mum had entered the water and was attempting to get them back to shore but was quickly becoming exhausted in the strong six-foot surf.

Matthew immediately ran down to the waters edge and stripped down to his boxers before jumping in to help.

He borrowed a surfboard and paddled over to the scene.

The child had managed to make it back ashore, so Matt helped the lady back to safety, and also gave advice to other people in the water about the conditions.

"We're all very grateful to the lifeguards for going above and beyond and showing that a lifeguard is never off duty.

"The beach had been red flagged from 5pm to 6pm due to the dangerous conditions.

"We're expecting large surf and challenging conditions for the remainder of the week so we strongly urge people to visit a lifeguarded beach during patrol hours of 10am to 6pm, swim between the flags and follow the lifeguard - they are well-trained and experts on the local conditions so please listen to the advice they give."

RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor Tim Palmer

The RNLI advises:

  • If you do find yourself caught in a rip current, don't panic or try to swim against it
  • Wave your arm in the air and call for help
  • If you see somebody else in trouble, don't try and help them yourself, alert the lifeguards on duty or call 999 and ask for the Coastguard

For more information click here

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