From Bude Coastguard:
Bude Coastguard Rescue Team was tasked to Crooklets Beach by Falmouth Coastguard Operations Centre on Saturday evening, shortly before 7 pm, following the report of two persons caught in a rip current. Bude Lifeboat was also called out.
Meanwhile, an off-duty senior lifeguard (who was paddle skiing in the vicinity at the time) managed to help the two casualties back to shore, with some assistance from an ex-lifeguard who had also seen the people in trouble (Mini Fry and Alex Boardman).
Safely recovered to the beach, on-scene Lifeboat crew offered beach safety advice to the two members of the public before handing them over to the Coastguard Rescue Officers, who further recommended that the casualties attend Stratton Hospital Minor Injuries Unit for a check over, in case there could be any possible secondary drowning risk, a complication that can arise from seawater entering the lungs.
The people concerned were obviously in a potential drowning situation and lives were therefore saved by the diligence of Mini and Alex, aided by the emergency services. Well done to all concerned in averting a terrible outcome.
Rip currents on beaches in the Bude area are particularly common, and especially so recently. If you get caught in a strong rip or tidal current, try to stay as calm as you can, raise your hand and shout for help. Hold on to your surf or bodyboard if you have one. If you can’t get help, try and swim parallel to the beach until you’re out of trouble then swim to the shore. If you can stand up, try to wade to safety instead of swimming. It is also always advisable to let a friend or family member know if you plan to swim in the sea.