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Swimmer rescued from rip by RNLI lifeguards at Porthtowan: VIDEO
1:35pm Tuesday 20th August 2013 in News
There was a lucky escape for one young holidaymaker at Porthtowan Beach yesterday after he was plucked to safety from a rip by RNLI lifeguards.
At around 1.30pm, RNLI lifeguards Adam Bunt and James Bray were on a routine patrol of the area between Porthtowan and Chapel Porth beaches to check no one had been stranded as the tide was coming in.
On their return they noticed the lone swimmer struggling to make headway back to shore against a strong rip current.
Adam and James reached him swiftly in the inshore rescue boat (IRB), picking him up and returned him to the beach.
James who was at the helm of the IRB said: "He was pretty flustered from the experience, and said that he didn’t think he would have made it back on his own. Conditions yesterday weren’t very nice at all, with a two metre surf and onshore wind creating a choppy sea.
"This young lad who was on holiday had been swept very quickly out of his depth. Thankfully he wasn’t hurt. It was perfect timing for him as we’d just returned from patrols and were able to reach him quickly and return him to shore safely."
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