Drowning children rescued by Spanish Civil Guard

CENPublished: July 22, 20161,397 views
Published: July 22, 2016

This is the moment the two youngsters swept out to sea on a tiny inflatable board were rescued by the Spanish Civil Guard.

The two very young children whose names have not been disclosed were playing in the ocean waters near La Bota Beach in the southern town of Punta Umbria.

But before anybody could react they were swept out to sea by the currents causing a panic to find them as it was already early evening and it was starting to get dark.

The Spanish Civil Guard (Guardia Civil) said they had only received a distress call from people on the beach at 9pm after they spotted the children disappearing into the distance.

Several patrols went into the area and, given the little daytime light left, realised that locating the two children quickly was a priority.

And as this video footage shows, a motor boat of the Provincial Maritime Service of the Huelva Civil Guard found the children who were keeping themselves afloat with the help of a body board.

The two looked nervous and were showing the first signs of hypothermia.

In the footage a male officer of the Civil Guard can be heard saying: "Relax, relax. Let her up first, ok?"

Then he tells the girl: "Hang on to the board. Relax."

The children who look between 9 and 12 are brought on board and immediately given jackets to warm up.

Later they were taken to the Nautical Club in Punta Umbria where their worried family and relatives were waiting.

The Civil Guard issued a public warning for people to follow safety rules and not go far from the shore when going into sea.

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