Coastguard Mobilised After Teenage Social Media Prank Goes Wrong

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The Coastguard has pleaded to teenagers to refrain from getting involved with social media pranks after a teenage girl nearly drowned. 

On the evening of the 9th May, a teenage boy and girl were rescued from the water at Alfred Dock, Seacombe, after the girl, a non-swimmer, had entered the water with a bottle of alcohol. 

The teenage boy intended to swim out to her, drink the bottle of alcohol and then attempt to rescue her before she drowned. 

A friend was filming the life-risking ‘prank’ for social media. 

But as the joke started to go wrong, a bystander called 999 to alert the emergency services. 

The Coastguard sent the New Brighton and Crosby Coastguard Rescue Teams and the New Brighton RNLI Inshore Lifeboat. 

Mersey Fire and Rescue, Mersey Police and the North West Ambulance Service also attended. 

The male self recovered, and Police threw a line to the female and recovered her from the water.

A spokesperson for the Coastguard said:

‘Please don’t get involved in pranks for social media involving swimming and alcohol. For a few seconds on social media, you risk losing your life. 

‘Every year, the Coastguard deals with fatal incidents, where alcohol is a causal factor. Please don’t drink and drown’.

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