Uncle of teenager resuscitated in Sea Palling riptide incident says he couldn’t believe how fast it happened
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The uncle of a a 19-year-old who needed to be resuscitated after being caught in a riptide at Sea Palling on Saturday has spoken about how he was quickly forced to act.
Darren Tortice was swimming with his teenage niece and two younger daughters aged 7 and 10 when a riptide formed, taking in his niece and his 7-year-old daughter.
Mr Tortice described how they went from swimming in shallow water to being caught up in the riptide in a matter of seconds.
He said: 'They were swimming in water that was waist height and then 2 seconds later I turned around and they were screaming for help.
'I was about 15 metres away from them and I managed to get to them and keep them above the water until help arrived.'
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His teenage niece needed resuscitation and his daughter had swallowed sea water which made her sick.
Mr Tortice suffered chest pains as a result of the incident but everyone involved will make a full recovery and his niece has since been released from hospital.
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He also spoke about the horror of watching his niece receive CPR and praised the emergency services and coastguard for their role in saving her.
He said: 'They got her onto a surfboard and she wasn't moving. They started doing CPR which was a real shock for me.
'The emergency services and coastguard were brilliant in the situation. You don't realise how important they are until you need them. I want to thank them for all they did for us.'