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'I Felt Powerless To Help': Mum Watches Daughter Swept Out To Sea

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10:03am 15th September 2014

A mum tells Pirate FM of the moment she realised her daughter was being swept out to sea from a Cornish beach.

Joanne McGinty from St Stephen had to watch thirteen year old Skye struggle against the rip current at Pendower near Portscatho.

She said: "Just all of a sudden I heard screams. You just know it's your own child, even though she was so far away.

"I got my partner to run and try to get in - but the current was too strong and she was being dragged towards the rocks.

"I felt really bad as a parent because I suffer from a disability with my spine, so I felt powerless to help her. I can't run and I'm not a strong swimmer myself so seeing all of this unfold - was just devastating for any parent."

Exhausted Skye, who is a strong swimmer, made it to shore after a ten minute battle with the current, where she was helped by a Dutch couple, visiting Cornwall.

They called the coastguard, who scrambled a helicopter from RNAS Culdrose to get her to hospital.

Rescuers were worried she was cold and had swallowed a lot of sea water, but Joanne says she is now back in school with a few cuts and bruises.

She has praised all the people who helped get her daughter to safety: "I want to send them a big, massive thank you. They were so fast, so kind and caring and hats off to them. The guys know their stuff and they were just amazing."

10:03am 15th September 2014

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