April 21, 2011
Burnham-On-Sea lifeguard saves 10 year-old girl from sea
lifeguard Ed Mander saved a 10-year old girl who was being swept
out to sea in Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday afternoon (April 21st).
Ed, pictured, warned two girls playing on the town's jetty about the risk of being swept away when the tide is falling.
But the pair did not take his advice and one girl got into difficulties
when she fell into the water shortly afterwards.
Ed, 23, jumped into the water and used his buoyancy aid to help bring
the girl back to safety, avoiding a possible tragedy.
He told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Luckily, I was
just a few yards away when she fell into the water and was able
to swim out to reach her quite quickly."
"The tide was going out fast and she was starting
to get pulled away from the jetty by the force of the water."
"If I'd taken a few moments later to reach
her, it could have been a lot more serious. She was quite panicky
and relieved when I got her back to the jetty."
It's Ed's second season as a lifeguard and he says
this week's warm Spring weather has meant it has been an incredibly busy