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Lifeguards return to beaches for the holidays

Lifeguards keeping watch at Woolacombe beach Credit: PA

RNLI lifeguards are returning to some of the region's busiest beaches for the Easter holidays.

The charity has issued a safety warning that many beaches have been affected by storm damage. Some access points have disappeared, and the shifted sands may be more likely to cause rip currents.

Lifeboatman's daughter rescued off Penzance

Map showing the location of the incident off Penzance Credit: ITV News

A lifeboat crew rescued three girls in Penzance last night after they were swept into the sea next to the Jubilee Pool. One girl was the daughter of a Penlee lifeboat crewman.

The first girl was swept into the sea near the Jubilee Pool, after the friends had walked down the slipway in wetsuits. Her friend tried to help, but was also swept in.

The third girl, Lucy Haining - daughter of Penlee crewman Zac Haining - went into the sea to persuade the others to swim out beyond the dangerous breakers to wait for help. They were evntually spotted by a passer-by. The rescue involved a Culdrose helicopter, two lifeboats and the coastguard.

The girls are all safe and well, and Lucy has been praised for her actions.

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Padstow lifeboat in trawler rescue

Six fisherman have been rescued off the Cornish coast in a joint operation involving the Padstow lifeboat and a helicopter from RNAS Culdrose. The crew of the French trawler took to survival suits and abandoned ship yesterday when their vessel was struck by huge waves in gale force winds.

Five of the crew were plucked from the water by the Royal Navy rescue helicopter and the skipper was picked up by the RNLI lifeboat from Padstow. All six crew were brought ashore.

Padstow lifeboat 2nd Coxswain Richard Pitman said, "A great deal of credit must go the winchman on the helicopter. The heavy sea conditions made his job very difficult as he was dragged in and out of the water with the rise and fall of the sea.

"The conditions were challenging and it was a difficult rescue for all involved, we are pleased to have been able to assist."

Devon's lifeboats dispatched to search for swimmers

On the deck of the Plymouth all-weather lifeboat during a night rescue of swimmers off Bovisand Bay. Credit: RNLI/Barry Perrins

Crews from both of Devon RNLI's lifeboats were called out to search for two swimmers who were missing at Bovisand Bay.

Both the all-weather lifeboat Sybil Mullen Gloverand the inshore lifeboat Millennium Forester were called upon to help but two swimmers, believed to be in their 20s, were found and taken back to shore where they received treatment from Paramedics.

Man collapses on beach at Gwithian in Cornwall

A 66-year-old man has been airlifted to hospital after collapsing on the beach at Gwithian.

A member of the RNLI shore-based lifeguards revived him using a defibrillator and the helicopter from RNAS Culdrose took him to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro for treatment.

Falmouth Coastguard has praised the lifeguard for their actions.

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6 children trapped in gully off Cornwall beach

RNLI lifeguards with one of nine people rescued from a gully at Constantine. Credit: RNLI

Six children and three adults have been rescued by Lifeguards on Treyernon beach in north Cornwall.

The group was trapped by the incoming tide in a gully on Tuesday afternoon.

The RNLI said they were huddled together on a rocky platform above the gully which was quickly filling with water as the tide came in, and with a solid five foot swell washing though, they were in danger of being swept off the rocks.

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