Sea drama teen discharged from hospital

The Morecambe RNLI hovercraft
The Morecambe RNLI hovercraft

A WIGAN schoolgirl who almost drowned when she and a friend were swept out to sea has been discharged from hospital.

The unnamed 16-year-old was for a time seriously ill with hypothermia after this week’s terrifying drama off the coast at Heysham.

But she has made such good progress since that doctors told her family that she was well enough to go home.

The youngster and 14-year-old pal Chloe Cann from Little Lever in Bolton became stranded on a sand bank during a walk and were cut off by the tide about a mile out to sea in Morecambe Bay on Monday.

Lifeguards rescued the Wigan teen, after a passing ferry raised the alarm, while Chloe managed to swim to safety, although she says it took her half an hour.

Both girls were taken to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary but are now both back with their families.

They had only become friends the day before after meeting while on family breaks.

The 16-year-old’s mother, who asked not to be named, has spoken to local media and said she was terrified that she had lost her daughter and the whole incident had made the family realise just how dangerous the tides there can be.

The dangers of Morecambe Bay’s tide have been highlighted on several occasions in recent days.

Only last Saturday a couple with a child had to be rescued after getting cut off by the tide in Silverdale.

Sgt Mark Finch of Lancaster Police said: “This is a timely reminder to anyone enjoying the school holidays and the good weather to remember the dangers of the tide and of open water and to enjoy them safety and responsibly.”

Morecambe RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, Kevin Jackson, said: “The warm weather makes it inviting for people to walk out on to the sands, but they need to be aware of the incoming tide and its dangers if they are to stay safe. “We would advise everyone to remain close to the shore and not be tempted to cross any of the many channels that exist in the Bay.”