Eight children in dinghy rescue

Eight children have been rescued by coastguard crews after being swept out to sea while on inflatables near a beach in East Lothian.

The children got into danger west of the harbour at North Berwick, at about 1615 BST on Friday.

They were on six separate inflatable dinghies and airbeds.

Some of the children were being swept out to sea and some had swum to rocks when they were rescued and brought to safety.

North Berwick RNLI Inshore Lifeboat and North Berwick Coastguard Rescue Team attended the scene.

Steve Foley, from the coastguard said "There was an offshore wind this afternoon meaning that anyone using inflatable airbeds or dinghies would be blown a long way out to sea.

"We'd like to thank the person who raised the alarm and remind everyone that inflatables should be tied to someone on the shore to stop them floating away."

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