Children rescued by surfer off Benbecula coast

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Police are trying to identify a member of the public who came to the assistance of two young girls who were swept out to sea off the coast of Benbecula on Monday afternoon.

The girls were part of a group of four children visiting the beach at Culla Bay.

Benbecula, Lochmaddy and Lochboisdale Coastguard Rescue Teams and Stornoway Rescue Helicopter R948 were paged by the Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre at Stornoway to a report of a group of children being swept out to sea at around 3pm.

One of the group, who had remained ashore dialled 999 and asked for the Coastguard.

A surfer who was in the vicinity managed to get the children to the beach, where a number of bystanders helped to move them to safe ground.

All the children were assessed by the rescue 948 and Scottish Ambulance Service paramedics prior to being transported to Uist and Barra Hospital to be checked over.

Benbecula coast guard this week praised the young informant for her quick action as well as thanking the coastguard rescue teams involved, Police Scotland Highland and Islands Police Division, Scottish Ambulance Service, Uist and Barra Hospital and the surfer and bystanders who assisted.

Police Scotland are appealing for help to trace the member of the public who assisted the girls and anyone with information is asked to contact them through 101, quoting incident number 1850 of Monday 5 July, 2021.

In addition to assisting the rescue, Benbecula coastguard also gave the children some good safety advice.