July 24 2014 Latest news:
Alex Hurrell, Reporter
Monday, June 23, 2014
Two exhausted boys pulled out of their depth by a dangerous rip current off Cromer have been rescued with the help of an RNLI lifeguard.
Lifeguard Adam Brayne paddled fast through metre-high surf to reach the pair yesterday at about 12.26pm.
The grateful father of one of the boys has thanked Mr Brayne for helping to rescue his son and nephew.
The two boys were swimming in the shallows off Stone Groyne, south of Cromer Pier, when a rip current swept them out to sea and out of their depth. They tried to get back to shore but ran out of energy battling the current.
The father of one of the boys was in the water with them on a stand-up paddle board about 50m away. He managed to reach them and got them to cling onto his board.
Meanwhile, RNLI lifeguard Ollie Frere-Smith had already spotted the struggling pair among the crowds of weekend bathers and alerted Mr Brayne.
Afterwards, Mr Brayne said: “The dad did a great job in getting to his son and nephew quickly and keeping them afloat with his paddle board. They were exhausted from swimming against the rip current so my priority was to get them back to shore quickly and safely.
“I positioned one of them on my rescue board took him to the beach before paddling back out and getting the other lad. They were very tired and pleased to be back on land. The dad was really grateful and thanked me for helping his son and nephew.”
The boys had not been swimming between the red and yellow flags which RNLI lifeguards use to designate the safest area to swim at the beach.
After making sure they did not need any medical attention, Mr Brayne urged them only to swim between the flags in future.
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