LIFEGUARDS have issued a warning to surfers and body boarders about the dangers of rip tides after 19 rescues on North Devon beaches in one day. The first weekend of duty for the RNLI Lifeguards did not see them idle on Sunday as they were called on to as

LIFEGUARDS have issued a warning to surfers and body boarders about the dangers of rip tides after 19 rescues on North Devon beaches in one day.The first weekend of duty for the RNLI Lifeguards did not see them idle on Sunday as they were called on to assist 14 surfers at Croyde and another five at Woolacombe.Amy Caldwell of the RNLI said all the incidents involved those who had been caught in rip currents generated by strong spring tides made more deadly by the number of sandbanks currently found on both beaches."That is where the more inexperienced surfers and body boarders often get into trouble," she said. "We would urge those with less experience to speak to the lifeguards on duty about the conditions before getting into the water."More information on the dos and don'ts of staying safe in the water can be found by going to www.rnli.org.uk/beachsafety