Neil keeps his cool to save kids

Coastguard crew celebrate with ice-cream man Neil Purves who saved Lewis Barrett (12) from the water at Robin Hood's Bay''w123502

Coastguard crew celebrate with ice-cream man Neil Purves who saved Lewis Barrett (12) from the water at Robin Hood's Bay''w123502

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A quick thinking ice cream man saved two youngsters cut off by the tide at Robin Hood’s Bay by rowing out to them on a dinghy.

Neil saw the two boys, aged 12, get into difficulties on Tuesday lunchtime and with no time to call the coastguard he waded into the water himself with a nearby rowing boat that is kept outside the old coastguard station.

He pulled the holidaymakers back to the safety of the slipway where they were met by the Coastguard while they waited for their parents to arrive from Middlewood Farm caravan site where they are staying.

Neil, also secretary of Fylingdales Football Club (FFC) told the Gazette: “I don’t usually row out, if I have seen something I call the Coastguard but they were in a bit of a predicament. The water was up to their necks and they just panicked.”

One of the youngsters, Lewis Barrett said he and brother Jack Ayres had been playing on the rocks and the water was only up to their ankles.

He said: “The next minute it was up to here and it was very cold and very scary.”

His mum Amanda added: “Someone gave us a ring to tell us and I just panicked and came down, getting through the traffic seemed to take forever. You always think the worst, I was shaking when I got here.”

The boys seemed unharmed after their ordeal but were taken to hospital for a precautionary check up.