Two boys rescued at Waxham beach

Two boys were rescued from the beach near Waxham this afternoon (Sunday) when they got swept out by rough seas which then threw them back on to the sands.

The youngsters aged 11 and 12 were in the surf near Poplar Farm when one was dragged out to sea, where there was a heavy swell and winds gusting to force five, and the other went to help.

Coastguards said they were 'bashed around a bit' on the rock groynes before being washed up again after spending 'some time' in the water.

Two lifeboats from Happisburgh and Sea palling, coastguard crews and an RAF air sea rescue helicopter from Wattisham were scrambled. The boys were back on the beach when the emergency services arrived. Paramedics assessed their condition and the children were airlifted to the James Paget University Hospital at Gorleston for check- ups.

A coastguard spokesman warned people to be wary of strong currents, even lose to shore, and urged visitors to the beach to use lifeguarded stretches such as nearby Sea Palling.

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