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Parents Bill RNLI £7 For Loss Of Lilo After Saving Child In £7,000 Rescue Mission

Parents Bill RNLI £7 For Loss Of Lilo After Saving Child In £7,000 Rescue Mission

The parents of a child who got swept out to sea and had to be saved have sent the Royal National Lifeboat Institution a £7 bill for an inflatable lilo.

Crew members from the local RNLI branch rushed to save the young girl who had drifted out just off the coast of Porthleven, in Cornwall.

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President of the RNLI branch, Mike Carter, said a rescue helicopter had to be used to save the child.

The crew then jumped into the water and pulled the little girl to safety, leaving her inflatable lilo behind.

According to the commanding officer, the rescue mission cost around £7,000 and they were horrified when they received the bill for just £7.

The little girl was swept out off the coast of Porthleven, in Cornwall. Credit: PA
The little girl was swept out off the coast of Porthleven, in Cornwall. Credit: PA

Speaking to Bristol Live, Mr Carter said: "A family visiting Porthleven purchased a lilo from a local shop and went to the beach.

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"There was an off-shore wind and the parents immediately experienced their child waving goodbye as the lilo went further and further out.

The little girl's family billed the RNLI for a £7 lilo. Credit: PA
The little girl's family billed the RNLI for a £7 lilo. Credit: PA

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Topics: News, Safety, Children, uk news, cornwall, Interesting

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]

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