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Boy died in rip-current in the sea at Whitby

Boy died in rip-current in the sea at Whitby

5:11pm 25th August 2010

A teenage boy has died and two others have been injured when they were caught by a rip-current while swimming in the sea at Whitby.

Humber Coastguard received multiple 999 calls this lunchtime reporting that three teenagers were being swept out to sea near the pier.

The first teenager was taken by helicopter to Scarborough Hospital but was later pronounced dead.

The two other were carried to the beach before being treated.

North Yorkshire Police have now confirmed the it's a 17 year old boy who's died


North Yorkshire Police were alerted by the ambulance service at 12.55pm today (Wednesday 25 August 2010) following reports that three teenagers had got into difficulty while wading in the sea at West Cliff beach in Whitby. 

A 17 year old boy had to be pulled ashore by a lifeguard. He was in a serious condition and was airlifted to Scarborough District Hospital in an RAF rescue helicopter. Sadly he was pronounced dead at the hospital just before 2pm.

Two girls, believed to be aged 16, managed to get out of the water. They were both taken to the same hospital in an air ambulance to receive treatment after inhaling sea water and suffering from hypothermia. Their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

All three youngsters are from the Tyneside area. No further details are available at this time.

Police enquiries into the incident are ongoing.

Witnesses to the incident have been asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 0845 60 60 24

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