Brit girl knocked off feet and swept out to sea as brave witnesses drag her back

A terrifying video shows a girl being swept out to sea after being caught in high tides while playing close to the water at a harbour in Devon — as shocked onlookers rushed to help her.

A group of four children were running around by the waterfront during high tide when a little girl was knocked off her feet by a wave and swept between the railings at Ilfracombe Harbour and into the sea.

Witnesses were seen looking on in horror as they tried to work out how best to reach her and pluck her out.

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But fortunately, some sprung into action as one quick-thinking member of the public retrieved a lifebuoy.

However, another went to a slip at the end of the pier which was underwater with crashing waves and was able to reach the girl before she was swept away completely.

Ilfracombe RNLI then responded, providing casualty care to two children before taking them home.

Now, a warning has been issued from North Devon Council of the dangers of the sea following the incident shortly before 7pm on August 3.

Harbourmaster Georgina Carlo-Paat said: "This incident is a serious reminder of the dangers of tombstoning and other high-risk activities in the harbour.

"Not only were the youths lucky not to be more seriously injured, they put their lives in danger as well as those of quick-thinking bystanders who acted when they got into trouble.

"The sea conditions were very volatile and all of the youths had been knocked off their feet on the slipway prior to the incident, but still continued to run into surging waves.

"Thankfully the RNLI were on exercise in the outer harbour at the time and were able to respond very quickly and tended to their injuries before escorting them all home."

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