Two 16 year old students, Jobe Harris and Ella Henwood-Waters, members of Bude Surf Life Saving Club, were called into action off Crooklets Beach on Sunday, when three holidaymakers got into difficulties in large surf.
The two life savers were giving advice to holidaymakers and beach users about rip currents (which recently got 36 holidaymakers in trouble in Croyde).Three people chose to ignore their advice. They rushed into the sea, and within minutes they were swept out of their depth.
The lifesavers commendably executed their rescue as trained. Ella brought the two nearest back to shore. Jobe, who is also, of course, a very strong surfer, swam out to the farthest man, who had swallowed water and was struggling to keep afloat. He kept the man’s head above water and signalled for assistance.
Moral of the story: they may be young but these life guards know their stuff. If they say the water is dangerous, it’s dangerous, and people would do well to listen!
Meanwhile, very well done to Jobe and Ella who were fantastic; without them we could have had fatalities at Bude this weekend! And without events like the Bude Surf Life Saving Club Christmas Day dip, then Jobe and Ella would not be able to train to save lives!