Pubgoers form ‘human chain’ to rescue boy drowning at sea

Nathan Gledhill and Sharon Swift look across the beach to where the boy got into trouble in the sea off Ingoldmells. ANL-160725-150501001
Nathan Gledhill and Sharon Swift look across the beach to where the boy got into trouble in the sea off Ingoldmells. ANL-160725-150501001
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Pubgoers in Ingoldmells carried out a dramatic rescue to save an 11-year-old boy who was in danger of drowning.

A human chain brought the boy and his brave rescuer ashore in a dramatic ‘show of camaraderie’ off Jackson’s Point on Saturday night.

Police have confirmed they are now looking into the matter.

Holidaymakers had been enjoying a drink at the Beachcomber on Jackson’s Point when manager Sharon Swift appealed for help over the microphone of the outside stage.

Her barman, Nathan Gledhill, was already in the water after the boy’s brother had run up to them in distress and cried, ‘Help, my brother’s drowning in the sea’.

Sharon said: “I couldn’t believe how everyone got up and ran down to the beach. They put their arms around each other and made a human chain to bring Nathan and the boy ashore safely. The camaraderie was unbelievable – I am so grateful to everyone.”

Sharon had called for the help of any doctors or nurses after Nathan headed down the beach to help the boy.

She said: “The boy’s brother alerted us and at first I thought it was a joke - it was 9pm and I couldn’t believe children would be in the sea at that time. Then I looked across the beach and could see the boy’s head bobbing up and down in the waves.

“I told Nathan to call the coastguard because the sea was so rough but his feet didn’t touch the steps as he took off to help, so I made the call.”

Nathan said: “It all happened so quickly. I kicked my shoes off as I ran down the beach. I can’t remember the distance I had to swim but the boy shouldn’t have been out that far. Apparently he was trying to retrieve his shoes and got taken out.

“I’ve been swimming in the sea since I was eight years old and I know how strong the currents are.”

A spokesman for Lincolnshire Police said: “An 11-year-old boy was treated at Pilgrim Hospital in Boston after being rescued from the sea. A 42-year-old local woman was arrested on suspicion of allowing a child to be exposed to unnecessary harm and has since been bailed.”

Two other boys were also taken to hospital to be checked and were discharged.