15 pulled from sea as rip tide hits beach

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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.”

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