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Terrapin is returned to owners after swimming two miles down a river and being swept on to a beach 

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An escaped terrapin is back with its owners after swimming two miles down a river and being swept onto a beach.

The tiny freshwater turtle was spotted by holidaymakers at Perranporth, Cornwall, and handed to RNLI lifesavers.

The pet had been missing for six weeks from its home two miles inland.  If the terrapin had hoped to avoid attention, it had picked the wrong moment as sunseekers have flocked to the beach in recent days.

The tiny freshwater turtle was spotted by holidaymakers at Perranporth, Cornwall, and handed to RNLI lifesavers

The tiny freshwater turtle was spotted by holidaymakers at Perranporth, Cornwall, and handed to RNLI lifesavers

A spokesperson for the RNLI said: ‘Not only were the RNLI lifeguards dealing with multiple human rescues, they also dealt with a terrapin who had been missing from its owners for six weeks’. 

‘The owners were delighted when they heard it had turned up at the beach via the community Facebook page.’ 

RNLI lifeguard supervisor, Ben Gardiner said: ‘The beaches are the busiest we have ever seen them, Perranporth beach recorded 14,000 beach goers on Thursday alone and this is just a snapshot of seven of the 45 beaches in Cornwall that are providing a lifeguard service this summer, but reflective of the picture around the coast.

‘It’s the kind of numbers and scenes we expect on a Bank Holiday weekend, but at the moment it is every single day.

‘It’s great to see people enjoying the coast and we’d really urge people coming to the beach to heed the safety advise from lifeguards, please keep an eye on your children, stay within the flags, and within your depth.

‘The surf that comes in from the Atlantic creates strong rip currents on most of the beaches along the north coast, catching those not used to these conditions out’. 

Perranporth beach (pictured above) recorded 14,000 beach goers on Thursday alone, an RNLI lifeguard supervisor said

Perranporth beach (pictured above) recorded 14,000 beach goers on Thursday alone, an RNLI lifeguard supervisor said

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