Boy, 13, rushed to hospital after being saved by lifeguard in Perranporth

RNLI lifeguards were called after two surfers were spotted in difficulty at Perranporth beach
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Two people were saved by lifeguards after getting into difficulty while surfing at Perranporth as they were dragged away from the beach. The RNLI said a boy, 13, and a man, 36, were taken to hospital by paramedics after being rescued from a rip current.

Lifeguards George Hudson, Terri Warner and Rosalie Longman were alerted by a member of the public at around 6.05pm after the surfers were spotted in danger between Chapel Rock and the headland. The area is known for strong rip currents and George, a senior lifeguard, responded quickly and drove the lifeguard truck to the water’s edge.

He then paddled out on the rescue board before saving the 13-year-old boy. George then paddled him back to shore and administered casualty care.

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Meanwhile, lifeguards Terri and Rosalie had successfully rescued a 36-year-old man caught in the same rip current. They managed to get him safely back to shore and provided casualty care while the team waited for paramedics to arrive at around 6.30pm.

Anton Page, the RNLI lead Lifeguard supervisor for Perranporth, said: "Our lifeguards did a fantastic job in responding after hours to two casualties who had been caught in a dangerous rip current at Perranporth beach.

"Thankfully our lifeguards were still on the beach and able to assist but we remind people that lifeguards patrol beaches from 10am-6pm and if you are planning on going in the water, go to a lifeguarded beach between these hours. Furthermore, if you do get in to trouble remember to Float to Live - lie on your back with your ears submerged and fight your instinct to panic and wait for help to arrive."

The RNLI added about the incident last Thursday (May 23): "The rest of the weekend saw high winds and messy surf and on Saturday (May 25). RNLI lifeguards at Perranporth beach alone responded to over 12 incidents in a two-hour period.

"With the south west busy with people enjoying the half term school holidays, the RNLI is reminding people when they go to the coast, to head to a lifeguarded beach, swim and bodyboard between the red and yellow flags and if you have any safety questions, please ask an RNLI lifeguard and listen to their advice."

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