From Bude RNLI:
Bude RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched this evening at approximately 6.45pm to reports of two casualties caught in a rip off Crooklets beach.
Luckily for the casualties two locals, Alex Boardman and Mini Fry (off duty lifeguard and Bude lifeboat DLA), were nearby and raced to their rescue. Mini was on a surf ski and Alex got hold of a surfboard in order to reach the casualties in the nick of time.
Bude volunteer lifeboat crew handed the casualties over to Bude Coastguard Rescue Team.
Liam Sharpe, Lifeboat Operations Manager, said: ‘From everyone at Bude Lifeboat we’d like to extend our thanks to Mini and Alex for their quick thinking which helped to prevent a tragedy. The casualties were lucky that both Alex and Mini were close by and experienced in dealing with rip currents. If you’re heading to the coast be beach safe and don’t take risks in the water. The best way to avoid rips 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. This also helps you to be spotted more easily, should something go wrong.’
Well done and thanks from Bude to Alex and Mini in averting a tragedy.