Two people caught in a rip tide at Bude beach

An off duty lifeguard and the RNLI rushed to the aid of two people caught in a rip tide yesterday (August 8) on Crooklets beach.

Bude RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched at 6.45pm on Saturday evening after receiving reports that two casualties were in trouble.

Heroes Alex Boardman, an off duty lifeguard and Mini Fry, Bude deputy launching authority (DLA) were nearby and rushed to the scene to rescue the pair.

Mr Fry was in a surf ski, while Mr Boardman used a surfboard to reach the two casualties ‘in the nick of time’.

The volunteer lifeboat crew then handed over the two to Bude Coastguard Rescue Team.

Bude Lifeboat posted on their Facebook page about the incident, which read: “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 in 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.”

Elsewhere, in Helston, The Lizard RNLI lifeboat was launched shortly after 9.30pm last night after receiving a 999 call from the HM Coastguard.

There were reports of an ‘orange object’ seen on rocks and above the waterline, so the lifeboat proceeded to Halzephron, Gunwalloe.

Mullion Coastguards were also in attendance, and it was soon realised the object was fishing equipment which they believe could have fallen from a vessel and washed ashore.

There were no signs of a casualty involved and after retrieving the equipment, the lifeboat returned to Kilcobben Cove.

The station posted to Facebook: “Following a 999 call received by HM Coastguard, The Lizard RNLI Lifeboat was launched on service shortly after 9.30pm last night – Saturday 8th August.

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“After reports of an orange object was seen on rocks and above the waterline, the lifeboat proceeded to Halzephron, Gunwalloe. Upon arrival on scene the smaller Y-boat was deployed from RNLB Rose to carry out a more intensive investigation at the foot of the cliff.

“Mullion Coastguards were also in attendance and guided the lifeboat to the scene with search lights from the cliff top. It was soon ascertained that the object was fishing equipment which had most probably fallen from a vessel and had washed ashore.

“Thankfully there were no signs of any casualty being involved, and after retrieving the equipment the lifeboat returned to her station at Kilcobben Cove a short time later.

“Thank you to all involved with this service and to Mullion Coastguard Rescue Team for their assistance.”

Float to Live

The lifeboat rescue advise people to follow their ‘Float to Live’ advice if they come into trouble with water, which has five steps.

  • Fight your instinct to swim hard or thrash about
  • Lean back, extend your arms and legs
  • Gently move your arms and legs to help you float
  • Float until you can control your breathing
  • Call for help or swim to safety

RNLI’s advice if you’re cut off by the tide

  • Have a plan – check the weather forecast, tide times and read local hazard signage
  • Keep a close eye on your family – on the beach and in the water
  • Don’t allow your family to swim alone
  • Don’t use inflatables
  • If you fall into the water unexpectedly, FLOAT TO LIVE. Fight your instinct to thrash around, lean back, extend your arms and legs, and Float
  • In an emergency dial 999, and ask for the Coastguard

More details on how to enjoy the sea and beaches safely can be found on the RNLI’s website here

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