Here’s a great story, pictures and video of a crew from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution rescuing a little girl who had drifted out to see on a rubber raft. The RNLI video is at the bottom. The story from The Sun is here:
THIS is the dramatic moment a tearful girl was rescued by a heroic RNLI speedboat squad as she floated out to sea in a rubber dinghy.
The terrified child, believed to have been eight years old, was pushed about half a mile out to sea by offshore wind at Rhyl, Wales.
The youngster had been floating in the dinghy while it was connected by a rope to a family member on the shore.
But the safety line was accidentally released and she quickly started to drift out to sea.
Paul Frost, press officer at Rhyl Lifeboat Station, said: “It was very lucky that the crew was in the area, attending another call, we they were very quickly on the scene.”
Video of her rescue shows the RNLI crew racing over the water towards the stricken child in their orange rescue vessel.
Upon reaching her, they calmly grab hold of the rope attached to her inflatable.
One of the crew immediately yells “are you OK, are you alright?”
She can be heard screaming about being scared and wanting to “get out”.
They quickly pluck the child to safety while trying to calm her down, telling the sobbing girl that she’s alright, and will be returned “to your parents”.
Mr Frost said that while the sea wasn’t rough, there was an offshore breeze, and the tide was going out, “so the dinghy was quickly being blown out to sea.
“The crew was only about two minutes away at the time [of the emergency call].
“She had drifted about half a mile off shore.
“She was crying when the crew found her, and they took her back to shore to her family. No medical help was needed – she was just a little bit shaken.
“Her family explained that the dinghy was attached to a line, but they let it go and within seconds it had drifted away.” See the RNLI video below: