Teenage girl in critical condition after being swept into violent seas during game of 'wave dodging'
A teenage girl was in a critical condition in
hospital tonight after being swept into violent seas during an apparent game
of wave dodging.
Katie MacLean, 14, was knocked unconscious when she was dragged into the water from the sea wall at Eyemouth harbour in Berwickhire as she tried to reach her friend.
The 13-year-old had been washed in first but was plucked to safety by two members of the public while police and coastguard rescued the older girl using ropes. She was given CPR and later airlifted to hospital.
She was treated at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary where she was in a critical but stable condition. Lothian and Borders Police said that some of the waves were more than 20ft high at the time of the rescue drama.
Eyemouth RNLI station officer Norman Richardson, who administered CPR to the teenager, said: “When we arrived we found that one girl had managed to get out of the water and into safety, but the other was face down in the water.
She had been bashed against the wall and was unconscious and could’ve been face down for up to 20 minutes.”
The area is a notorious spot for wave dodging. Local man Johnnie Walker said he saw a number of children and young adults playing along the sea wall, running in and out of the sea spray as it came over the defence.
“I’ve lived in Eyemouth for more than 18 years and not seen waves like this often,” he said. The coastguard warned members of the public not to jump into the sea to rescue stricken and youngsters not to risk their lives in rough seas.
- 1 Moscow voted the world's unfriendliest city
- 2 The excuses your boss is most likely to believe when you call in sick
- 3 I'm pansexual – here are the five biggest misconceptions about my sexuality
- 4 More than 11,000 Icelanders offer to house Syrian refugees to help European crisis
- 5 If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don’t change Europe’s attitude to refugees, what will?
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches, it's time to act
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don’t change Europe’s attitude to refugees, what will?
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This recognized leader in providing software s...
£40000 - £42000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£35000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This IT support company has a n...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A works engineer is required in a progressive ...