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Children rescued from the sea at Mablethorpe

A young brother and sister were rescued by RNLI lifeguards on Saturday after they got into difficulty in the sea at Mablethorpe. The children were playing when they were spotted drifting towards an outfall pipe where there is often a rip current running which can be dangerous for swimmers.

When lifeguards reached the 9-year-old boy and 7-year-old girl, the boy was struggling and starting to go under the water.

Both children, who could not swim, were taken back to the safety of the lifeguard unit on the beach to recover and to be reunited with their parents.

They were outside the safe swim area and were starting to struggle in the water when the lifeguards reached them. Another few seconds and it could have been a very different story. Fortunately the children seemed to be ok, although the boy was badly shocked. The area patrolled by lifeguards on the beach is clearly marked by red and yellow flags and we advise anyone who wants to swim in the sea to stay in that area. It is particularly important that anyone who can’t swim well should stick to the shallow water and not get out of their depth."

– Mark Hargreaves, RNLI lifeguard supervisor

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