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Boy saved from drowning

13th May  2013
Pictured the iconic beach chalets, on the West Cliff sea wall at Whitby, where new fencing has been erected.
Picture by Gerard Binks

13th May 2013 Pictured the iconic beach chalets, on the West Cliff sea wall at Whitby, where new fencing has been erected. Picture by Gerard Binks

A six year-old boy swept out to sea by a rip current off Whitby beach was saved from drowning by quick thinking passers-by.

He had been playing on Saturday afternoon when he fell into water from the rocks.

Two passers-by jumped into the sea fully clothed and with the help of a life ring, which someone threw from the pier, they managed to drag him out. Lifeguards started CPR as he wasn’t breathing and after one breath he started breathing on his own again.

The inshore lifeboat was raised but stood down and the youngster was flown by air ambulance to Scarborough Hospital as he had inhaled water and was being sick.

One of the rescuers was Teesside mum Gemma Grieveson who said: “It was just mother’s instinct that made me go in the water. I didn’t even think about it.

“The current was really bad and it was throwing me about. At one point, I thought we were all not going to make it. It was so frightening.”

Do you know the boy? Contact the newsroom on 01947 829914.

 

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