Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Swept to Safety

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Swept to Safety

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Byline: Dave Robson

Two swimmers had a lucky escape when the cruel sea showed its kinder side off Redcar.

At one stage, it looked as though the male swimmers, aged 20 and 16, would be swept out to sea in heavy surf.

But amazingly, and with both Redcar lifeboats on their way to rescue them, two massive waves picked them up - and landed them safely in shallow water.

The drama took place just after 4pm on Saturday when the Humber Coastguard was told of two swimmers struggling in heavy surf near the Majuba Road car park.

Two lifeboats were launched from Redcar and coastguards were sent to the beach shoreline.

The strength and height of the crashing surf, with waves up to five metres, meant the lifeboat crews could not see the swimmers for several agonising minutes.

Eventually, the first swimmer was spotted struggling opposite the old Coatham Hotel.

As the lifeboat raced towards him, a large breaking wave swept the man to safety on the shoreline, where he was met by coastguards in shallow water and helped ashore. …

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