Coastguards issued a strong warning after tragedy was narrowly avoided on the north Northumberland coast.
At 1.30pm on Tuesday, multiple 999 calls were received from onlookers at St Aidan’s Beach, Seahouses, as two teenage girls got into difficulty in a rip current.
One managed to get to safety but, with the other still in the water, her brother attempted the rescue himself. Their father also went in but abandoned his rescue attempt.
Both lifeboats from Seahouses, the Seahouses Coastguard Rescue Team and the RAF Boulmer helicopter all attended. All three teenagers were treated before being airlifted to Wansbeck General Hospital.