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Children rescued from North Sea off Fraserburgh

Fraserburgh lifeboat Image copyright RNLI/Billy Watson
Image caption One of the Fraserburgh crew jumped into the water to save one of the children

Two children have been rescued by lifeboat after getting into difficulty in the sea off Fraserburgh.

A third child made it back to shore unaided.

Aberdeen coastguard said the two girls and a boy were dragged out to sea by the current off Fraserburgh beach, opposite Tiger Hill.

RNLI volunteer crew member John Chalmers jumped into the sea from the Fraserburgh boat to save one of the children.

Fraserburgh and Peterhead lifeboats were sent to the scene, along with coastguard rescue teams, when the alert was raised at about 16:30.

The children were bought back to shore suffering from mild hypothermia. An ambulance took them to hospital for a check, but all three were reported to be fine.

Aberdeen Coastguard Watch Manager Kevin Brown said: "The children we recovered today would not have lasted much longer. The lifeboat crew rescued them just in time.

"It is critical to always check the tidal conditions when swimming in the sea. The weather on scene was fine, but the hidden danger of the strong currents is something the public should be aware of."

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