Rescue Mission To Save Girl Who Drifted Off To Sea On Inflatable Unicorn
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This is the moment authorities underwent a serious mission... to rescue a young girl who had drifted out to sea on an inflatable unicorn:
The five-year-old girl managed to float away from the safety of her parents on the Greek coast on Sunday (23 August), travelling half a mile on the lilo.
Her parents were understandably distraught, calling port authorities before a ferry was appointed to pick up the child, according to The Daily Mail.
One of the rescue team members filmed the incident, with the clip showing what appears to be a speck in the distance.
As the girl edges closer, you can see her sitting calmly on her blow-up unicorn before the team gathers her to safety and reunites her with her parents.
According to local media, this isn't the first incident of its kind - the same boat recently had to pick up an elderly man who was swept away by currents while floating on a 'sea mattress' (I'm assuming they mean lilo?).
And, over in North Wales earlier this month, a six-year-old boy was airlifted to hospital after drifting off to sea on none other than a blow-up swan.
Don't be fooled by the cute packaging - inflatables should be used with caution, especially when it comes to the beach.
In fact, emergency services claim it's one of the most common issues they experience each summer.
Stuart Penfold, RNLI Lead Lifeguard Supervisor from Pembrokeshire, spoke to LADbible recently about the type of calls they get and the impact young people have on them over the summer months.
He said: "Most incidents involve rescues, surfers and body boarders getting into trouble. Paddle-boarders have been a common new theme - people go out and don't realise they can get into trouble.
"The beaches we work on can have up to 5,000 people there, it can be anything dealing with people who have had too much to drink or have spent too much time in the sun.
"It can be stuff like people being in the water and getting over confident, things like stag dos going out into the sea on inflatable dinghies and swans."
You can now add inflatable unicorns to the list too. Thankfully, the girl in this story was returned to her parents safe and well, but on any other day it could have had a sour ending.
Now we're at the height of summer and emergency services now have a global pandemic to deal with, let's try to make their job that bit easier and save the inflatables for swimming pools only.