A SIX-year-old boy was airlifted to hospital today after reportedly being swept out to sea on an inflatable swan.
It is understood the little boy was found face-down and unconscious in the water after drifting off the coast of Black Rock Sands in North Wales this afternoon.
Sam McKeeder jumped in after the little boy after he drifted out to sea[/caption]
Ambulance, coastguard and police were called to the scene at around 2.45pm as a fellow beach-goer swam out to rescue the child.
Sam McKeeder, 57, said he found the six-year-old, who was at the beach with his parents, unconscious in the water after noticing he had drifted out too far on his inflatable.
The 57-year-old granddad from Towyn, told North Wales Live: “I heard the boy’s mum shout for help and I just jumped in, the kid was in trouble and I had to try and help.
“He was far away from shore, around 200 metres and it took me a while to get to him but luckily I’m quite a strong swimmer.”
He added: He was totally unconscious, I turned him around and patted him on his back and then a lot of water and sick came up, and he started breathing again.”
Mr McKeeder assisted the boy back to shore, where paramedics were waiting for him.
He was then airlifted by the Coastguard rescue helicopter to Ysbyty Gwynedd. His condition is unknown.
The boy’s dad is understood to have called 999 after his son began drifting out on the white inflatable swan.
A spokesman for Holyhead Coastguard told Cheshire live: “I wish people would leave the inflatables at home as they are designed for swimming pool not for the sea.”
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A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson told the Sun Online: “We were called today, at approximately 2.46pm to reports of a medical emergency in the Morfa Bychan, area of Gwynedd.
“We sent one emergency ambulance to the scene where we assisted colleagues in the coastguard who flew one patient to Glan Clwyd Hospital.”
Speaking of his rescue, Mr McKeeder said: “I was thanked by the boy’s parents and by the emergency services and now I’m just getting on with our day with the family.”