Children in sea rescue drama

Lifeboat crews in action
Lifeboat crews in action
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TWO children were dramatically rescued by lifeboat crews after they were swept out to sea.

The 11 and 13-year-old boys were splashing around on a rubber ring and inflatable air bed near Blackpool’s South Pier when a sudden gust of wind blew them 200m from the shore.

Coastguard bosses today said it was the quick actions of holidaymakers on the beach – who called 999 – that undoubtedly saved the boys.

Blackpool’s RNLI crew, which took part in yesterday’s rescue, said there could have been an “horrendous” outcome.

Paul Parton of Blackpool RNLI said: “It’s very dangerous. These boys were really struggling.”

“The southerly wind was blowing off shore and they had no chance of getting back to shore.

“We had one young lad a few years ago who was on an inflatable, he got blown out to sea and was never seen again until his body got washed up later.

“On days like yesterday the conditions look perfect with the warm weather and the sea being calm and flat. But the sea is very cold at the moment and you have got to be very careful about wind direction.”

The two boys, who are from Liverpool, were being watched by their grandfather who told the rescuers: “One minute all seemed OK, the next minute they were being swept out.”

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