A swimmer has been rescued by the RNLI after getting into difficulty in a dangerous rip current off the Cornish coast.
Lifeguards Cameron Wickins and Vinny Prescott were carrying out routine patrols in the rescue boat at Constantine when they noticed a swimmer struggling.
The man had drifted outside of the red and yellow flags on Saturday 23 July and was out of his depth when he got caught in the rip current.
In the UK, the majority of RNLI lifeguard incidents involve rip currents. They are a major cause of accidental drowning on beaches all across the world.
Lifeguardsat Constantine are now reminding beachgoers about their dangers.
The best way to avoid rip currents, the RNLI says, is to choose a lifeguarded beach and always swim between the red and yellow flags, which have been marked based on where is safer to swim in the current conditions.
If you’re caught in a rip current, the RNLI’s advice is to:
- Stay calm
- Float on your back to regulate your breathing until you can swim to shore or call for help
- If you can stand, wade, don’t swim
- Keep hold of your board or inflatable to help you float
- Raise your hand and shout for help
- Never try to swim directly against the rip or you'll get exhausted
- Swim parallel to the beach until free of the rip, then make for shore