This is the heartstopping moment a young girl screaming for help after drifting out to sea on a dinghy is rescued by RNLI heroes.
The youngster’s inflatable vessel had been tethered to the beach in Rhyl, Wales, to keep her safe.
But the safety cord somehow came loose, causing her in the dinghy to be dragged out into the Irish Sea.
Her terrified family immediately spotted the problem and phoned 999 for help to the coastguards.
The alarm was sounded at the RNLI inshore lifeboat in Rhyl, who near-immediately launched and began the hunt for the girl.
They found her sobbing and screaming ‘I’m scared, please help me’ as she drifted in the waters.
On the way to the rescue: The RNLI volunteers are seen quickly powering through the waters
Spotted: The dinghy is seen in the distance, but at first the youngster is nowhere to be seen
Found: The youngster spots her rescuers and calls out to them to help her as she is scared
Rescued: One of the volunteers reaches out to lift her to safety from the stranded dinghy
Relief: A volunteer tells her that she is safe now and that she will be soon reunited with parents
The rescuers pulled her to safety into their craft and she continues to cry, with one lifeboat man telling her ‘You’re safe now – we’ll get you back to your parents, okay?’
By now the little girl appeared to have realised she is not going to be lost at sea and gratefully replies ‘okay’.
The volunteer crew quickly located the young girl on the inflatable and took her safely back to shore to be reunited with her family, who give permission for the operation to be released to the media.
It happened yesterday on Bank Holiday Monday just days after the RNLI lauched its beach safety campaign.
Head of Water Safety Gareth Morrison said: ‘We are expecting this summer to be the busiest ever for our lifeguards and volunteer lifeboat crews.
‘We want people to enjoy the coast but urge everyone to respect the water, think about their own safety and know what to do in an emergency.
Hundreds of people went to the beach in Brighton to enjoy the hot weather on Monday
People enjoy the hot weather at Brighton beach, in Brighton on Bank Holiday Monday
People enjoy the hot weather on Bournemouth beach yesterday as they flocked to Dorset
‘Our main advice is to visit a lifeguarded beach and swim between the red and yellow flags. RNLI lifeguards will be patrolling around 245 beaches this summer to offer advice on how to stay safe and they are also there to help anyone who gets into trouble.
‘Coastal areas provide a great opportunity to enjoy fresh air and open space but they can be an unpredictable and dangerous environment, particularly during early summer when air temperatures start warming up but water temperatures remain dangerously cold, increasing the risk of cold water shock.’
It came on the same day millions crammed onto parks and beaches across the country and basked in glorious sunshine on the hottest day of 2021 so far as the June heatwave gets underway.
The Bank Holiday weekend saw temperatures of 76.7F (24.8C) in the capital and 77.2F (25.1C) at Kinlochewe in the Highlands – beating the previous 2021 high on March 30 when west London hit 76.1F (24.5C).
Conditions are set to improve even more this week, with highs of 81F (27C) by Wednesday – making Britain hotter than Rome, which will reach just 77F (25C) on the same day.
Lyme Regis, Bournemouth, Brighton, Weymouth and Camber Sands were packed as huge numbers of friends and families enjoyed their freedoms after months of lockdown.
Thousands others lined up outside Twickenham Stadium in London to receive Covid jabs as ministers prepare contingency plans to extend restrictions beyond June 21.