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  • 24 July 2014, 0:28

Video: 'Screaming' Boy Rescued From Rip Current

A boy who was dragged away from a Cornwall beach by a strong rip current has been rescued by RNLI lifeguards.

The child, who has not been named, was bodyboarding at Crooklets Beach in Bude when he was caught by the current at around 4pm on Tuesday.

Lifeguard Joby Wolfenden-Brown heard the boy screaming for help and paddled out on a rescue board to save him.

The youngster, who was exhausted and in a lot of distress, was brought safely back to shore and reunited with his family.

Chris Wafer, RNLI lifeguard supervisor, said: "If you're stuck in a rip current do not panic or swim against the current, keep hold of your flotation device and raise your arm to signal for help.

"Rip currents can be very dangerous so it's best to swim or bodyboard between the red and yellow flags on an RNLI lifeguarded beach."

Strong rip currents have formed at Crooklets Beach this year.

Earlier on Tuesday, six people were rescued after they became stuck in a rip current.

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