Teenage boy hailed a hero after helping rescue his friend from rising tide

The sea wall where the incident occurred.  Credit Lowestoft Coastguard Rescue Team
A local teenage boy is being hailed a hero this afternoon after going to his friend’s aid after he fell 15ft from a promenade wall near Ness Point, Lowestoft.

The young teenage boy kept his friend alive by lifting his head above the water as the tide quickly came in.

The incident unfolded just after 2.30pm today (11 May) when a teenage boy who was cycling on the sea wall, fell off the wall into the sea below.

The teenager was in immediate danger of his head going under the water, so his friend jumped down to lift his head above the rising sea, whilst they waited for the emergency services to arrive.

Lowestoft and Gorleston Coastguard Rescue Teams, RNLI Lowestoft, Suffolk Police, Suffolk Fire & Rescue Service and  the East England Ambulance Service as well as the East Anglian Air Ambulance all raced to the scene.

Two lifejackets were lowered down to the casualties and then in a joint effort from the emergency services the two boys were lifted back over the wall using throwlines and a ladder.   

The two boys were both taken to hospital by the waiting ambulance service, where we wish them both a speedy recovery.

Remember if you are in trouble or see others in difficulty on the coast make sure you call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

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