A lifeguard has been proclaimed a hero after saving the lives of a father and his two sons in Sandsend.
Daniel Howard (18), is in his first year serving as an RNLI lifeguard and last Sunday afternoon he was required to spring into action.
With an increasing swell and worsening waves, Daniel spotted the trio had got into difficulty, away from the ‘safe’ zone marked by red and yellow flags.
He said they had got caught in one of the invisible but potentially deadly rip tides caused where East Row Beck empties into the sea. He added: “They were on the verge of drowning. If we hadn’t seen it, in the next two minutes they could have drowned.”
Daniel, a student at Whitby Community College, said when he got the family back to shore, he could see they were completely exhausted, and realised how close to tragedy they had been. The father thanked Daniel for saving his life and the lives of his boys, aged just five and seven.
This summer is the first year the Sandsend RNLI lifeguard hut has been in use and the young lifeguard explained that it has already been a huge success. He said: “It just makes everything more safe. In the last couple of years there have been a lot of calamities down there, but now we are able to deal with situations before they develop.”