Fifteen people rescued from Perranporth rip current
- 23 July 2013
- From the section Cornwall
Fifteen people, including two children, have been rescued from a rip current off the Cornish coat.
The RNLI said the body boarders and swimmers were between the red and yellow flags when a sudden "flash" rip current opened up and swept them out of their depth.
The incident happened at Perranporth just after midday at low tide.
Beach lifeguards used rescue boards, a rescue tube and inshore rescue boat to bring everyone safely ashore.
"Low tide exposes the rip currents on Perranporth beach and the RNLI lifeguards are always extra vigilant around this time, with four lifeguards on patrol at the water's edge," supervisor Simon Peppler said.
He emphasised the importance of people staying within flagged areas on the beach and within hearing distance of the lifeguards.
"Because the waves are breaking so close to shore, it's fairly easy to get out past them, but harder to get back in.
"Some water users are venturing too far out and then finding themselves in difficulty," he added.