RNLI warning after siblings' Ramsgate rescue

Ramsgate lifeguard - generic Image copyright RNLI/Colin Watson
Image caption A lifeguard swam out to rescue the brother and sister using his rescue board

The RNLI has issued a warning for children to stay safe at the seaside after a girl narrowly avoided being swept into the path of a shipping lane.

Alexandra Hewitt, 12, and her adult brother were among a group in shallow water at Ramsgate beach in Kent when they were caught in a rip current.

They were spotted struggling in the sea on Wednesday before being rescued by a beach lifeguard using his rescue board.

The RNLI warned the currents around Ramsgate's harbour arm could be strong.

James Uren, RNLI lifeguard supervisor, said: "Alex could have potentially been swept out into a busy shipping channel if it were not for the actions of the lifeguards."

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