A young boy was rescued thanks to the quick actions of lifeguards.
The youngsters were among three boys caught in a rip current between Tynemouth Longsands north beach and Cullercoats beach at 5.15pm on Friday, July 17.
We knew it was crucial to recover the boy as quickly as possible before he became overpowered by the sheer force of the waterSenior RNLI lifeguard Eve Jones
Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeguards Eve Jones and Jordon McCartney raced to help the trio, who were outside the RNLI flagged swimming zone.
Two of them managed to swim to safety but the third remained trapped in the current, with the lifeguards radioing for help from their inshore rescue boat. The pair swam to the youngster who was struggling in high swell and big waves 100 metres offshore, using a rescue tube to pull him out of the rip current.
RNLI lifeguards Phil Ritchie and Liam Hogg then lifted the boy into the rescue boat and took him back to Longsands South, where was found to be cold and shaken but uninjured.
Senior RNLI lifeguard Eve said: “Rips are strong currents which can drag even the strongest swimmers out of their depth. We knew it was crucial to recover the boy as quickly as possible before he became overpowered by the sheer force of the water.”
“We would always advise people to swim between the red and yellow flags, as this is the swimming area that is monitored by RNLI lifeguards.
“We want people to enjoy the water over the school holidays but to make sure that they respect it – that’s why our charity has launched its annual Respect the Water campaign to help people stay safe at the coast.”
For more information about Respect the Water and tips on how to stay safe and avoid dangers such as rip currents visit www.rnli.org/respectthewater