Two children and two adults rescued from rip tide at Polzeath
Four people, including two children, were rescued from a dangerous rip current at Cornish beach on Saturday.
RNLI lifeguards, who are providing weekend safety cover on Polzeath beach, were on hand when the emergency occurred at 5pm.
The two children were bodyboarding but were pushed by a large surge of water quickly out of the bathing area towards the right hand side of Polzeath beach and onto rocks.
Two adults who were also bodyboarding nearby saw what had happened and immediately went to help them.
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Meanwhile the RNLI lifeguards on duty, Phil Bartlett and Mike Jones, launched the inshore rescue boat.
They raced through the surf and picked the two children up first, dropping them back at the beach before returning for the two adults.
John Bull, RNLI lifeguard supervisor said fortunately no-one was hurt.
“There was some big surf this weekend, with high winds and big tides creating strong rip currents on the beaches.
“Thankfully the RNLI lifeguards were on duty and able to react extremely quickly to ensure all the bodyboarders were picked up quickly and bought back to shore safely.
“The weekend was very busy with plenty of surfers in the water enjoying the conditions, the RNLI lifeguards also dealt with a couple of first aid incidents and helped provide beach safety information to other beach goers to ensure other potential incidents were prevented.”
RNLI lifeguards will provide safety patrols on, Gwithian, Porthmeor, Perranporth, Porthtowan, Praa Sands, Polzeath, Widemouth, Summerleaze in Cornwall and Croyde, Woolacombe and Bantham daily during the October half term.
Fistral Beach in Newquay will be patrolled during the whole of October and patrols will continue into November weekends with RNLI lifeguards volunteering to operate this cover.