Warning after swimmers caught in rip danger

Helicopter rescue on Whitby beach on sunday''w112604e 'Picture: Ceri Oakes
Helicopter rescue on Whitby beach on sunday''w112604e 'Picture: Ceri Oakes

THE RNLI has issued a warning to beachgoers having fun in the sun to take care after lifeguards rescued two swimmers caught in a rip tide in the sea at Whitby over the weekend.

The two men in their 20s were in the sea off West Cliff beach on Sunday and were already some distance from the designated safe swimming area when lifeguard Josh Jones noticed they were in trouble.

He alerted fellow lifeguard Callum Norman who raced up the beach and swam out to the pair who were some 50 metres out to sea.

They were struggling to stay afloat and were being battered by a strong swell.

He brought them safely back to shore using a rescue tube.

Both men were said to be exhausted and treated with oxygen before being taken to hospital by ambulance.

Lifeguard Tim Machon who pulled a father and son from the sea at Scarborough on Sunday warned people to swim between the red and yellow flags and if they do get caught in a rip tide to swim across the current rather than against it, signal for help and float and wait for assistance or if possible swim parallel to the beach until out of the effects of the rip.

He said: “Each day, we assess the safest area for swimming, taking into account a number of safety factors including the position of rip currents, which can quickly take even the strongest swimmers some distance out to sea.

“It can be quite frightening if you get caught in a rip current and don’t know what to do.

“People drown in rips because they panic.”