Two children rescued by Scarborough RNLI

Two children rescued
Two children rescued

Two children have been rescued by Scarborough's inshore lifeboat when their kayaks drifted nearly a mile offshore.

A team of RNLI lifeguards were training on the north beach and realised that a strong offshore wind had blown the youngsters out to sea.

Three lifeguards on paddle boards swam out to the children, believed to be aged seven or eight, today while the coastguard was called.

The lifeboat was launched at noon today (Wednesday April 6) and brought the children and their kayaks safely back to the beach to their parents.

It then also returned to transport the lifeguards back to shore.

Helmsman Craig Burnett said: "The wind had got them and they were nearly a mile out by the time we got there.

“Just because the sea is flat and the sun is in the sky it doesn’t mean the sea is safe, especially when there’s a strong offshore wind.”

Craig’s crew mates aboard the lifeboat were Matt Rawlings and Rob Gaunt.