A four-year-old boy was left recovering in hospital after being pulled from the sea and resuscitated after getting into difficulty off the shore of Clacton beach.
An RNLI lifeboat responded to a call for help on the beach by Trafalgar Road during the morning of the third of August following reports that three children under the age of ten were struggling in the water.
When the crew arrived, they found two of the children had managed to get safely out of the sea. The third boy was being given CPR after being recused from the water by two members of the public.
The little boy was taken to Colchester Hospital for treatment. He was later transferred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, where he was said to be in a stable condition.
An RNLI Spokesperson said that the boy had been revived on the beach as the lifeboat team hurried to his aid.
“Two of them had already been pulled out of the water and were OK. They were taken to the lifeboat station to wait for their parents to collect them.
“The other child was being given CPR. The boy came around on the beach as we arrived and was coughing and spluttering. He was put into the recovery position. Helmsman Adrian Rose and crewman Steve Beardsley assisted the ambulance crew in getting the boy to the ambulance and he was rushed to hospital.”
To help keep children safe during trips to the beach, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency has issued the following advice as part of its Sea Smart campaign:
- If you see anyone in trouble, dial 999 and ask for Coastguard
- Check the weather and tides before you leave
- Keep children within reach at all times
- Always tie inflatables to an adult on the shoreline (such as inflatable toys, rubber rings, inflatable boats, lilos/loungers, which can easily drift miles out to sea with just a light breeze).
- Keep clear of cliff edges – they can be slippery when we wet
- Don’t drink and drown – eating and drinking before swimming may give you cramps
Source: ITV News