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Boy 'lucky to be alive' after dramatic sea rescue

A 13 year old boy has been rescued from the sea near Brighton marina after getting into difficulties.

A lifeguard swam out to the boy to save him from powerful waves which were pounding Black Rock beach.

The incident, caught on camera by Karen Brown, showed the youngster and his rescuer being plucked from the sea by the lifeboat crew, in conditions that were at the limit of the Atlantic 85's capabilities.

The boy and his rescuer could be seen 100 metres off the beach Credit: Karen Brown

The incident happened at about 4.50pm on Saturday.

Police say the boy was lucky to escape, and also lucky to have a 12-year-old pal who stayed calm on the phone to emergency services.

Chief Inspector Roy Hodder said: "“This young lad was lucky and a lot of the credit for his safe rescue must go to his friend who showed remarkable calm on the phone to us and whose amazing clarity of information enabled his swift recovery from the water by the RNLI team.”

A team effort from all emergency services saw a young boy’s life saved today as well as his rescuer.

The conditions on scene were tough as this is one of our most dangerous areas for rescues due to the unpredictable waves. We urge everyone who come down to the seafront to Respect the Water and if in doubt speak to the local lifeguards”

– Daniel Gurr Helm of Brighton lifeboat