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Lifeguards Rescue Children At Treyarnon Beach
A group of nine people, including six children, who were trapped on a beach in Cornwall have been saved by lifeguards.
The group, who were stranded on Treyarnon beach by the incoming tide, huddled together on a small platform above a gully as water began to rush in.
A RNLI spokesman said it was "too dangerous" for crews to reach them by lifeboat as 5ft (1.5-metre) waves lashed the rocky coastline, forcing two lifeguards to abandon their inflatable and swim towards the gully.
Zahli Lowe and Dan Lee, who are based at nearby Constantine, swam the youngsters, aged between seven and 12, to a safe part of the bay, where they were picked up by an inshore rescue boat.
They also helped a weaker adult swimmer to safety, while two adults made their own escape from the gully.
"It was a very difficult and long process, made even worse by the time pressures of the incoming tide and a building swell," Mr Lee said.
"Thankfully we all know this beach and stretch of coastline very well and were able to read the waves and get them all out safely."
Treyarnon, near Padstow, is popular with families during the summer, when up to 200 swimmers and surfers can be in the water at any time.
A large cave at the end of the gully in which the group was trapped can be explored at low tide.