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Children saved from rip current by Whitby lifeguard

Whitby beach where the two boys were rescued by RNLI lifeguard Megan Ellis

Whitby beach where the two boys were rescued by RNLI lifeguard Megan Ellis

A lifeguard on Whitby beach saved two five-year-old boys in as many minutes after they were caught in a deadly rip current.

RNLI lifeguard, Megan Ellis was patrolling the beach when she saw a child struggling in a deep pool of water.

She ran to the scene and waded across to him, but by this time the boy had already been pulled underneath the water.

Megan grabbed hold of him and pulled him out of the water and out of danger.

While Megan was dealing with the incident a second youngster, also aged five, went into the same pool and she too plucked him to safety.

Both children were given a full casualty assessment and luckily as neither of them had swallowed any water they were able to be re-united with their parenyts.

The drama happened on Thursday at 11am on the beach near to the West Pier.

The area is being monitored by lifeguards because it is known to the RNLI for dangerous rip currents - which have been formed by water running down the pier wall.

Pat Messruther, RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor, said: “The team at Whitby demonstrated seamless teamwork this week and their extensive first aid and rescue training enabled them to help the boys quickly and effectively. “

 

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