RNLI lifeguards at Perranporth beach sprang into action last week to rescue two surfers caught in a rip current just as they were finishing up for the day.

The incident occurred around 6:05 pm when a member of the public alerted the lifeguards, George Hudson, Terri Warner, and Rosalie Longman, about two surfers in danger near Chapel Rock, an area known for strong currents.

Senior lifeguard George Hudson drove the lifeguard truck to the water's edge, paddled out on his rescue board, and reached a 13-year-old boy who was already being assisted by a member of the public. George brought the boy safely back to shore and administered casualty care. 

Simultaneously, Terri Warner and Rosalie Longman successfully rescued a 36-year-old man from the same rip current. They brought him back to shore and administered care until paramedics arrived at approximately 6:28 pm.

The lifeguards then helped transport both casualties to the ambulance for further medical attention.

"Our lifeguards did a fantastic job responding after hours to these two caught in a dangerous rip current," said RNLI Lead Lifeguard Supervisor for Perranporth, Anton Page.

"Thankfully, they were still on the beach, but we urge everyone to remember that lifeguards patrol beaches from 10am to 6pm. 

“If you plan to enter the water, choose a lifeguarded beach and swim between the red and yellow flags during those hours."

Anton also highlighted the importance of water safety: "If you find yourself in trouble, remember Float to Live. Lie on your back, keep your ears submerged, fight the urge to panic, and wait for help to arrive."

The following weekend saw challenging conditions with high winds and rough surf. On Saturday, May 25th alone, RNLI lifeguards at Perranporth responded to over 12 incidents within a two-hour window.

As the southwest coast fills with visitors during the half-term school holidays, the RNLI reminds everyone to choose lifeguarded beaches whenever possible, swim and bodyboard between the designated safe zones, and never hesitate to ask an RNLI lifeguard for safety advice.