RNLI lifeguards had a busy week as they rescued people from rip currents and dealt with several serious medical episodes on Croyde and Woolacombe.

Tuesday was a busy day for lifeguards, with two people airlifted from Woolacombe and several other serious incidents on Croyde.

At around 1pm on Woolacombe, RNLI lifeguards responded to a man who had a heart attack in the water.

He was given CPR at the scene and airlifted to hospital.

Later that day, at around 3.30pm, lifeguards pulled an unconcious man from the water who had got into trouble.

He was helped by some nearby children and was also airlifted to hospital.

Meanwhile on Croyde beach, lifeguards saved a young girl’s life when she was caught in a rip current at around 3.30pm.

The young girl was caught in large, powerful surf and despite her father trying to save her, he was overwhelmed as well.

She was rescued from the ‘challenging’ conditions by lifeguard Sean Deasy.

During the afternoon lifeguards also rescued a woman who collapsed on the slipway with a heart condition.

A teenage girl also suffered a serious spinal injury and was airlifted to hospital for further treatment after being assisted by lifeguards.

Phil Hill, RNLI lifeguard manager, said: “Lifeguards have been extremely busy this week and have done a fantastic job keeping people safe on the beaches.

“We want people to enjoy our beautiful coastline this Bank Holiday weekend, but make sure they do it safely.

“Conditions can change quickly at the beach, so it is really important to respect the water and take extra care when visiting the coast.

“If you want to swim or bathe in the sea we would advise you do so at a lifeguarded beach. The red and yellow flags indicate the safest areas to swim and lifeguards keep watch over this area, so if you do get into difficulty raise your arm and call for help.

“RNLI lifeguards are always happy to answer any questions or advise of any risks, including where any rip currents may be, which can catch out even the most experienced swimmers.”

RNLI lifeguards in North Devon were also been busy reuniting lost children with their parents, helping an elderly woman with a broken wrist and various first aid incidents.

The RNLI’s Respect the Water campaign is running throughout the summer. To find out more about the dangers of the coast and how to stay safe, visit www.rnli.org/respectthewater