You may well have seen reports in the media about the two boys who were rescued from the sea at Blackpool yesterday evening (Mon) and we just wanted to give you an update.
We were called at shortly before 6pm by the ambulance service following a report that two youngsters had got into difficulty in the water close to Central Pier.
The boys, aged 12 and 14, were pulled from the sea by two teenage girls and were given CPR by security staff before they taken by ambulance to hospital where they remain.
The 14-year-old is at Alder Hey where he is in a critical but stable condition and the 12-year-old is at Blackpool Victoria Hospital. He is described as poorly, but not critical.
Supt Chris Hardy, of Blackpool Police, said: “This incident once again shows all too clearly the dangers that open water can present and I have no doubt that if it hadn’t been for the brave and swift actions of the two girls who helped pull these boys from the water and the security staff who gave CPR that we would have been dealing with at least one fatality.
“Over the last couple of weeks we have very sadly seen a number of youngsters across the country who have died after getting into difficulty in open water and a number of families left bereaved. As this very warm weather continues, at least in the short term, I would again plead with people to enjoy the beach but to respect the water and take care around swimming in the sea, especially if you aren’t prepared or are not a strong swimmer.”
For further information and advice see 👉
Water Safety at the Beach | Royal Life Saving Society UK ( RLSS UK )