Warning signs called for after girl is swept to sea
Posted by Jason Nicholls.
A mother of a girl swept out to sea in Studland, Bournemouth, has called for more safety signs to warn people about the dangers of strong currents.
An eleven-year-old girl, out paddling with her bodyboard, was swept 300 yards alongside a ferry at Shell Bay this week, reports the Daily Echo.
The bodyboard was dragged under the vessel and the girl struggled to stay afloat in the water, until a local hero came to the youngster's aid, heaving her to safety on the ferry's slipway.
The man, who the girl gave "a big hug and a kiss", told the newspaper the current was extremely powerful.
"Swimming against it was like one stroke forwards, six back, it was that strong, but if the ferry had started I thought she would have gone under."
The girl's mum called for more safety sings to be put in place, saying: "There's no signs up the beach where she went into the water."
The news provider reported that the Royal National Lifeboat Institution was undertaking an audit of the beach and would consider safety measures such as new safety signage.
Just this month a safety official urged the public to ensure they pay attention to warning signs after a girl fell from a cliff in Fife and suffered a head injury.
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