December 13 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
A father and his young daughter were saved from a lethal riptide off the north Norfolk coast after lifeguards leapt into action.
The dad, 37, his eight-year-old daughter and teenage son got into difficulty at Sea Palling when they were caught in the strong current.
The trio had been walking and swimming out to sea on bank holiday Monday, when they got into difficulty.
Both the father and his 16-year-old son were getting dragged under the water as they tried to keep the girl above the surface.
RNLI lifeguard Cath Gray was on shoreline patrol when she spotted the group at around 2.30pm, and radioed for backup before diving into the water with her rescue tube.
As soon as she reached the group she put the girl into the tube and swam her to shore.
The teenage boy was then able to swim safely back and the exhausted dad was brought back to safety by lifeguard Henry Harrison, who had swum out to the incident on hearing Cath’s call for backup.
Once ashore the trio were monitored and treated for water inhalation. The rescues of the father and daughter have been counted as lives saved, as it is thought that the pair would not have survived without the lifeguards’ assistance.
No sooner had the family been brought back to shore, senior lifeguard Max Moore sprang into action and swam out to help another father, 50, and his son, 13, who had got into difficulties in a rip current to the left of the lifeguards’ beach unit.
The pair had got into trouble in the same spot as a 14-year-old girl from Northampton, whose life Max had saved just two weeks earlier.
He got the attention of Sea Palling Independent Lifeboat, which was afloat at the time, and the father and son were taken on board and brought back to the beach.
All five were taken to the lifeboat station where they were assessed and treated by a waiting ambulance.
On her way to the station Cath also helped a woman who had collapsed and was unconscious at the foot of the slipway. With paramedics on hand she was able to assess the woman and pass her into their care.
There were a total of six water rescues and five major first aids at Sea Palling on Monday, and it was also busy for the lifeguards at Mundesley, where 18 people were rescued or assisted in the water.
Max said: “Monday was a great example of the importance of our shoreline patrols. Thanks to Cath and Henry’s vigilance they dealt brilliantly with a series of serious incidents on a very busy beach.”