Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Teens Pulled to Safety after Ignoring Safety Advice

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Teens Pulled to Safety after Ignoring Safety Advice

Article excerpt

FOUR teenagers who ignored lifeguards' warnings were rescued from the high tide when they got into difficulty. The group went into the water at Sandhaven beach in South Shields after X Factor winner Joe McElderry's homecoming performance at Bents Park on Sunday. The high-spirited teenagers, who had been warned twice by RNLI lifeguards, signaled for help when the surging waves got too much for them. Two girls and two boys had to be rescued by lifeguards James Darke and Nick Sharpe.

Mr Sharpe entered the water to reach the two girls in the group who looked to be in trouble, passing their two male friends on the way in.

He was then forced to hand one of the boys his flotation tube as he made his way to reach the girls.

Mr Darke, 18, said: "The boys were a bit panicked but basically OK. It appeared that one of the girls had got into trouble and her friend had gone out to help. …

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