Cornwall

Whitsand rock pool toddler expected to recover

Toddler rescue, Whitsand Bay, July 2013
Image caption Beach lifeguards cleared a landing site to allow the Cornwall Air Ambulance to land on the beach

A two-year-old boy who was found face down in a rock pool on a Cornish beach is expected to make a full recovery, the RNLI has said.

The toddler was unconscious when he was pulled from the water by his mother at Whitsand Bay on Monday afternoon.

RNLI beach lifeguards raised the alarm and the boy, who is believed to be local to the area, was given first aid and oxygen until paramedics arrived.

He was flown to Plymouth's Derriford Hospital for treatment.

The Tamar coastguard team and South Western Ambulance Trust were also involved in the rescue and the beach lifeguards cleared a landing site for the Cornwall Air Ambulance.

Chris Wafer, RNLI lifeguard supervisor said: "Time is of great importance in situations like this - it was lucky that the little boy was spotted when he was as he'd already swallowed a lot of water."

The charity said the toddler had since been released from hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

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