15 pulled from sea as rip tide hits beach
LIFEGUARDS pulled 15 people to safety after a flash rip tide swept them quickly out to sea.
The 13 bodyboarders and two bathers were between a flagged area of Perranporth beach in Cornwall when the deadly current surged.
Four RNLI lifeguards who were patrolling the area immediately spotted the children and teenagers in danger during low tide at 12.15pm yesterday.
Three took to rescue boats and one grabbed a rescue tube to bring back 13 of the stricken people, including two children.
Back-up arrived and the team from the lifeguard unit at the top of the beach launched the Inshore Rescue Boat to pick up the remaining two.
Simon Peppler, RNLI lifeguard supervisor, said: “Low tide exposes the rip currents on Perranporth beach and the RNLI lifeguards are always extra vigilant around this time.
“It’s essential that people stay between the red and yellow flags. Some water users are venturing too far out and then finding themselves in difficulty.”