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Surfer caught in rip current rescued

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RNLI lifeguards were involved in the rescue of a male surfer who was caught in a rip current at Tynemouth Longsands Beach.

At 1.20pm on Tuesday, RNLI lifeguards at Longsands Beach spotted a male surfer struggling in difficult conditions at the south end side of the beach – an area that can be prone to rip currents.

The team immediately launched the inshore rescue boat to assist the surfer.

As the lifeguards were launching, two members of the public who were out surfing were able to get to the casualty and provide support while the lifeguards were en route.

The rescue lasted a couple of minutes and the exhausted male surfer was brought back to shore with no injuries.

During the summer months, beaches are a big attraction for many people and the charity’s lifeguards are there to ensure people remain safe and respect the water.

RNLI lifeguard supervisor Sandy Kerr said: “We want everyone to have fun at the beach and enjoy the sun, but we need to ensure that people understand how they can keep themselves and others safe.

“We actively encourage people to visit a lifeguarded beach and to swim between the red and yellow flags – this way, if anyone gets into trouble our RNLI lifeguards are there to assist.”