Swimmers lucky to escape

Four people have been rescued after nearly drowning on Taranaki beaches today.

Around noon two 14-year-old boys got caught in a rip at Fitzroy Beach and were saved by off-duty volunteer lifeguards.

The boys were taken to Taranaki Base Hospital and their condition is unknown.

 Meanwhile in South Taranaki, two men in their early 20's were rescued from a rip on Opunake Beach around 3pm after they decided to swim outside the flags.

Lifeguards deployed an IRB and returned the men to shore where they were checked out by paramedics.

Taranaki Surf Lifesaving club development officer Andy Cronin said it was a timely reminder for people to take care in the sea.

''People need to think about the speed at which they can get into difficulty, the ocean doesn't just stop making waves because you're having trouble breathing.''

Taranaki Daily News