Two young boys were rescued in Inverness, Scotland, by the UK Coastguard ‘just in the nick of time’ after they became stranded in the water at Hopeman East Beach, near Elgin.
The Coastguard helicopter was scrambled after a call was received saying that the boys were in the water. The rescue attempt also included Burghead Coastguard Rescue Team and Buckie Lifeboat, along with Moray Inshore Rescue Organisation.
The Inverness Coastguard helicopter was able to locate the boys clinging to rocks and hoisted them out of the water in under three minutes.
Speaking after the incident, Kaimes Beasley, Duty Controller for HM Coastguard said: “This incident could easily have turned into a really tragic one. One of the boys had already been washed off the rocks once and thankfully managed to clamber back on. We think that it only would have taken another 15 minutes for the rock to be fully covered by the rising sea and the boys would have been in the water.”