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Two children stranded on rocks at a Cornish beach have been rescued

Two children stranded on rocks at a Cornish beach have been rescued

Published by Helen Down at 7:13pm 21st July 2020. (Updated at 7:15pm 21st July 2020)

Lifeguards have saved two children cut-off by an incoming tide off the north Cornwall coast.

The incident at Polzeath on Friday was one of several RNLI crews attended last week.

Lifeguards also saved seven people caught in a rip tide at Perranporth beach on Friday July 17.

At Porthtowan another group of swimmers caught in a rip current were brought safely back to shore.

"With inconsistent sand banks across the coast, especially on an ebbing tide, holes and steep sand banks can form under the water out of sight.

"This can lead to a steep shelf and losing your footing resulting in a sudden drop and immediately going out of your depth.

"A lot of these holes can cause forceful water movement and result in a flash rip current.

"Do not panic, if you fall into the water unexpectedly fight your instinct to thrash around, lean back, extended your arms and legs, and float.

"If you have a body board or any floatation device, keep hold of this and wave one arm in the air and shout for help."

RNLI lifeguard supervisor, Drustan Ward

Polzeath IRB rescue
Inshore Rescue Boat off Polzeath

Later on at Perran Sands lifeguards gave first aid to a man who had suffered a blow to the head and an injury to his ear causing significant bleeding.

On Thursday two surfers got into difficulty at Crantock beach after entering the water via the southern steps during a flooding tide.

They were returned to shore with no injuries after a rescue water craft was launched by lifeguards.

Anyone planning a visit to the coast should remember and follow RNLI safety advice:

  • Have a plan – check the weather forecast, tide times and read local hazard signage
  • Keep a close eye on your family – on the beach and in the water
  • Do not allow your family to swim or surf alone
  • Do not use inflatables
  • If you fall into the water unexpectedly, FLOAT TO LIVE, fight your instinct to thrash around, lean back, extend your arms and legs, and FLOAT
  • In an emergency dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard

 

 

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