Diving instructor saves boy swept into sea
Tuesday 17th September 2013, 10:30AM BST.
A DIVING instructor is warning young people to be more careful when playing near the sea, after he rescued a teenager who was swept off Havelet slipway in stormy weather.
Steve Bougourd, 56, spotted a group of young people on the slipway near Castle Cornet at about 3pm on Sunday while he was cleaning his diving gear.
‘They were playing on the slipway, enjoying the waves smashing against the wall and the surge and having fun,’ he said.
‘But that can be dangerous. I didn’t want to stop them having fun, but I had a hunch I might be needed, so I kept my eyes and ears out.’
Two girls rushed up to him in tears a little while later, saying their friend had been swept off the slipway and into the pounding waves.
Mr Bougourd was dressed in clothes and trainers, but he knew he could not wait to rescue the boy, who was believed to be between 12 and 15.
He grabbed a lifebuoy, gave the end of the rope to the group of young people and told them to hold on tight, before diving into the water.