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Newlywed Newquay body boarder rescued from rocks

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Media captionMrs Grant said she felt "incredibly lucky"

A newlywed bride was rescued from rocks after getting caught in a rip current while body boarding with her husband.

Jeffi Grant, 30, and Warren Grant, 41, from Ottery St Mary in Devon went into the sea at Porth near Newquay, Cornwall on Sunday.

The beach is three miles from Mawgan Porth beach, where three adults died after becoming caught in a rip current in October.

Mrs Grant, said: "I feel incredibly lucky."

The pair had gone into the sea with two friends.

Dental nurse Mrs Grant said: "Warren turned to me and said 'I'm so glad we've done this, I'm having such a good time'.

"Then I noticed Warren close to some rocks and I realised I was in the rip current. I couldn't swim forward.

"The only reason we knew what was happening was because of what happened at Mawgan Porth a few weeks ago."

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Image caption Warren Grant said he felt very lucky to have escaped with only cuts
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Image caption Jeffi and Warren Grant thanked coastguards and the RNLI
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Image caption Jeffi and Warren Grant were married the day before their ordeal
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Image caption The newlyweds were body boarding at Porth, three miles from Mawgan Porth where three people died

She said she was knocked onto a rock by a "huge wave", losing her board and cutting her legs and hands.

Her husband was knocked back into the sea by another wave but managed to scramble back along the base of the cliff to the beach and alert coastguards.

'So scary'

Mrs Grant, who was rescued by a Newquay RNLI crew, said: "The wedding was perfect, everything that we could have hoped for.

"It's just horrible that our memories are focused on what happened yesterday rather than the wedding."

She added: "To be in that situation is so scary.

"We are so grateful to the RNLI and the coastguards."

Mr Grant said: "We knew the mechanics of it which meant we knew what was happening. We were very lucky."

Sometimes wrongly referred to as rip tides, rip currents are strong, localised and narrow currents of water.

The RNLI has said they can pose major problem for surfers, swimmers and body boarders, dragging them out of safe depths.

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