An 11-year-old boy was saved from drowning in Blankenberge on Thursday. He went swimming in a guarded zone, but got into trouble due to a strong current.
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The incident happened after 2 pm in front of the main post of the beach rescue service in Blankenberge. The 11-year-old boy wanted to take a dip in the sea, which was quite rough. He did so in a guarded area where lifeguards were still present. The strong current soon dragged the boy deeper into the sea, where he struggled to stay afloat.
Some alert rescuers saw that the drowning person urgently needed help. “Two of our people immediately swam to him,” says chief rescuer Tom Cocle. Meanwhile, the boy’s father also came to take a look at the waterline.
The boy was carried on dry land and always remained conscious. He did get some water. “In the end, an ambulance was not needed. He got away with a fright,” Cocle recalls. There is no doubt that the 11-year-old escaped drowning. “If this had happened in an unguarded zone, it would probably have been fatal.”
Three guarded zones will remain open until September 18 in Blankenberge. They are centrally located on the beach. (jve)