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Clacton: Pregnant woman helps save boy in difficulties

12:56 09 June 2014

Paramedics treated the boy and checked over the woman.

Paramedics treated the boy and checked over the woman.

A heavily pregnant woman and Clacton’s Beach Patrol rescued a boy who got into trouble swimming too close to a breakwater yesterday.

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The boy, aged between 10 and 12-years-old, was in difficulty near the Palace Breakwater at around 3pm after being caught in a rip current.

The woman went into the water to his aid and was the first to reach the boy.

A second woman raised the alarm, and Jack Bartlett and Aaron Forsyth from Tendring District Council’s (TDC) Beach Patrol rushed into the water to help.

They took over the rescue from the pregnant lady and helped bring him ashore.

Patrol colleagues Scott Lawrence and Ryan Clay helped from the shore.

Paramedics checked the boy over at the scene before taking him to Colchester General Hospital.

The team stayed with the woman, who was also seen by the paramedics as a precaution.

Shaun Proctor, TDC’s community ranger, said the woman did an excellent job to get to the boy who was not a strong swimmer.

He said: “As she was already on the beach she was the first on the scene and Scott and Jack were there with her within a few seconds.

“The boy was conscious all the time but had taken in water and was hypothermic. Fortunately the woman was fine, although she felt a bit tight across the stomach at first.”

Nick Turner, district councillor for coast protection, praised those involved and said: “They all did a first class job to rescue this lad and I thank them all for their efforts.

“This incident highlights the dangers of swimming too close to breakwaters, groynes or any other structures in the water as they will often have strong rip current around them.

“It is the same situation under the pier and people should really stay well clear and heed the advice of our staff.”

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