At just before 1pm a member of the public called Humber Coastguard. They were told that a young child was being blown out to sea in an inflatable dinghy. Despite the fact that she was already 75 metres out and drifting further a woman had gone in to the sea to try and reach her.
Humber Coastguard immediately sent the RNLI Inshore Lifeboat from Bridlington to go to the scene and sent Bridlington Coastguard Rescue Team to the beach to stop anyone else going in to the sea to try and rescue the child.
The woman turned back to shore because she realised she couldn’t make it. The RNLI Inshore Lifeboat from Bridlington rescued the child. Both received medical attention on shore but were found to be fine after their ordeal.
Humber Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre Watch Manager Mike Puplett said:
“Inflatable boats and toys are great fun in the swimming pool but we do not recommend that people use them at the seaside because, as we’ve seen today they can easily be blown out to sea.
“If you do find yourself in the situation where you, or your child is being swept out to sea, stay in the boat shout for help and wave your arms. Do not attempt to swim for shore and if you’re on the shore don’t try and rescue them yourself. Call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”