Mum’s warning after beach drama

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A Limavady woman has spoken of her daughter’s terrifying ordeal after she was caught in a rip current at Benone recently. She wants to warn other beach users of the dangers presented by the open water.

Anne Murphy said a stranger came to her daughter’s rescue about three weeks ago and “without a doubt saved her life”. She says her daughter is a strong swimmer, and was with friends swimming when she got caught in the rip.

“There were a few minutes of panic and she couldn’t get out of the rip,” said Anne. “A complete stranger on a body board saw her struggle and went and saved her life and brought her to shore.”

Anne hopes others will become more aware after the incident, adding: “It could have been a very different story had that man not of been there. We are so thankful.”

A rip current occurs where water receding from a beach finds a channel through which it can make a more rapid exit.