Quick thinking RNLI lifeguards sprang into action to help two 16-year-olds stuck in a rip current

RNLI lifeguards were called into action to save two teenage boys at Woolacombe Beach yesterday (Thursday).

Two 16-year-olds went into the water with their bodyboards and quickly found themselves in trouble in a rip current on the northern side of the beach.

The RNLI said they realised they were in a rip current, they let go of their bodyboards and tried to swim against the current.

Watching from the patrol truck, lifeguards Peter Bull and James Whyte grabbed a rescue board and rushed to help, as the boys no longer had anything to help them float.

They reached the casualties and brought them both back to shore. After they were returned, their mother came down and thanked the lifeguards for their quick response.

RNLI lifeguard supervisor Matt Whitley, said: “The lifeguards involved followed their instincts and acted quickly.

“If you do find yourself caught in a rip, stay calm and keep your boards with you, this will help you to float. Wave your arm and shout for help.

“Never try to swim against the current as this will tire you out quickly. Instead, swim parallel to the beach until free of the rip.”

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 or search #RespectTheWater on social media.

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