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Fresh safety plea after girls drama

North Pier where two girls were pulled from the water. Below: The coastguard team.

North Pier where two girls were pulled from the water. Below: The coastguard team.

Lifesavers have warned people to take extra care next to the sea after two girls had to be pulled from the water by a plucky teenager.

Liverpool Coastguard, which directs all sea rescue operations on the Fylde coast, are urging people to be cautious as strong winds batter the coastline.

The girls, aged 12 and 14, were pulled from the water by 18-year-old Lewis Danville close to North Pier on Friday afternoon.

A spokesman for Liverpool Coastguard said: “People must always be aware of the dangers of the sea even more so when there’s bad weather, strong winds and strong tides, and keep a safe distance away from the sea at all times.

“All safety precautions should be taken when playing around the sea or near it.”

The 12-year-old was up to her neck in the water by the time Mr Danville reached her, but managed to pull her out of the water.

She was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital and was not discharged until Monday.

The 14-year-old attempted to save her friend but got into difficulty herself.

Mr Danville said he did not think twice about going into the sea and pulling the girls to safety.

The 18-year-old, from the Streetlife homeless shelter in Blackpool, said: “I couldn’t believe what had happened at first.

“I was in more shock than the two in the water.

“When I first went in to save them, I was freezing cold and didn’t think I would be able to make it out to them but someone was watching over me and I was able to save my friends and myself.

“I was scared but once the adrenaline kicked in I knew it was serious and I had to get them out.

“I would do it again if it happened.”

The Gazette launched its Think Sea Safety campaign to make people aware of the sea’s dangers in June 2012 when 17-year-old David Sagar, of Lewtas Street, Blackpool, fell from the sea wall opposite Gynn Square and died.

A spokesman for Liverpool Coastguard added: “We received a phone call around 4.50pm which alerted us to the fact two girls were on the sea wall steps.

“One girl was in the water up to her ankles, but another was up to her neck in the water.

“An 18-year-old man pulled them both to safety and got them out of the sea.

“One girl was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital as a precaution.”

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