Two lives saved by Brighton Lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

A 12-year-old boy and his rescuer were pulled from the sea today by the volunteer crew of Brighton Lifeboat.

At 4.54pm today (Saturday 8thJune) Brighton Lifeboat were launched following a 999 call from concerned friends who had witnessed their friend being dragged out to sea by Black Rock.

A council beach lifeguard made the decision to enter the water and try and assist the young boy whilst the lifeboat was made ready to assist in the rescue. Fortunately the lifeguard reached the casualty and was able to keep the boy afloat, until the lifeboat was on scene.

The quick thinking of the lifeboat crew, given the conditions on scene were towards the limits of the Atlantic 85 lifeboat, saw both the young boy and his rescuer pulled quickly from the sea and taken away from the dangerous situation they were both in.

Daniel Gurr Helm of Brighton lifeboat said “A team effort from all emergency services saw a young boy’s live saved today as well as his rescuer. The conditions on scene were tough as this is one of our most dangerous areas for rescues due to the unpredictable waves. We urge everyone who come down to the seafront to Respect the Water and if in doubt speak to the local lifeguards”

A council representative said “this was incredible team work from both our beach lifeguards and the lifeboat which in resulted in lives being saved!”

Brighton City Council lifeguards are now on duty Monday – Sunday 10am-7pm until September. We ask when down on the beach swim within the yellow and red flags where the lifeguards patrol the beaches.

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