A surfer had to be rescued by lifeguards after coming into difficulty off Porthtowan beach on Saturday.

After being caught up in strong rip tides and easterly winds, the surfer found himself in grave danger having been taken out beyond the break.

Thankfully RNLI Lifeguards, Deshko Matthews and Connor Barker Warne, were on hand to pick up the surfer and bring him to safety using their inshore rescue boat.

It was the first of two incidents that lifeguards have had to respond to over the Easter holiday.

On Tuesday, Will McRitchie had to react fast to save a kayaker in distress at Perranporth beach.

Having seen the man fall out of his kayak, Will paddled 100 metres out to sea to provide much needed assistance.

Having been brought ashore the kayaker was thankfully uninjured and able to enjoy the rest of the day with his family.

After the two incidents the RNLI Lifeguards are keen for beach goers to take extra precautions over the Easter holiday.

“We’d advise anyone arriving at the beach and planning on going in the water to take five extra minutes to chat to the lifeguards on duty, we’re very happy to provide some extra advice that might just make the difference,” said RNLI Lifeguard Fraser Hewitt-Thompson.