RNLI rescue swimmer at Porthtowan
A swimmer caught in a rip current was rescued by RNLI lifeguards at Porthtowan yesterday afternoon.
Lifeguards Adam Bunt and James Bray spotted the swimmer while on a routine patrol of the area between Porthtowan and Chapel Porth beaches at 1.30pm.
The swimmer, who was struggling to make his way back to shore against a strong rip current, was quickly reached by the RNLI inshore rescue boat and taken safely to shore.
Mr Bray, who was at the helm of the inshore rescue boat, said: “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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“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.”
The RNLI charity is run by volunteers and provides a 24-hour costal search and rescue service.