Press Notice No:100-12
Friday, July 26, 2012
Posted 16:00 GMT
CHILDREN RESCUED FROM RIP TIDE AT SEA PALLING
Yarmouth Coastguard would like to remind everyone to use beaches with lifeguards and make sure you only swim between the flags after two children were rescued from a rip tide at Sea Palling, 15 miles North of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.
At just before midday today Yarmouth Coastguard answered a 999 call from a member of the public reporting that two children were being dragged out to sea in a rip tide. The mother of one of the children had run in to the sea to try and reach them.
Yarmouth Coastguard immediately called the RNLI Lifeguards who patrol the beach. They launched their beach rescue boat and quickly found the two 14 year old girls. One had been reached by the mother who was wading ashore with her. The other, who was further out, was pulled from the water by the RNLI lifeguard boat.
Both of the girls, who were uninjured, are from the Ipswich area. They had been swimming outside the lifeguard patrol area safety flags on the beach.
Mario Siano, Yarmouth Maritime Rescue
Coordination Centre Watch Manager said;
"These girls were very lucky; although Sea Palling is a lovely area to visit, tides between the man-made reefs can be very strong and have created lagoons with unstable, steep sandy sides that can cause people to lose their footing.
of Sea Palling beach is patrolled by RNLI lifeguards but the girls were swimming outside the red and
yellow flag area. If you are heading to the beach, my top five beach safety tips are:
1. Swim at a lifeguarded beach, between the red and yellow flags
2. Never use inflatables toys in strong winds or rough seas
3. Check tide times before you go
4. If you get into trouble, stick your hand in the air and shout for help
5. If you see someone else in trouble, tell a lifeguard if you’re on a lifeguarded beach. If you can't see a lifeguard, Call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.”
Posted By: Maggie Hill
further details contact:
The Maritime & Coastguard Agency Press Office
023 8032 9401