Two teenage boys have had a lucky escape after being swept out to sea in wild surf at Coledale this evening.
The pair was bodyboarding off the rocks north of the beach at twilight when they found themselves in trouble, unable to paddle in, before one lost his board in the rough seas.
Local Sophie Pattison was walking with her mum near the wings sculpture when she saw the boys in trouble in the water down below.
Sophie sprinted down to the beach while Mum Alissa alerted police.
Sophie ran onto the rocks, braving the wild surf and was able to retrieve the washed-up board. She managed to throw the board back to the boy, who was caught in the rip, which enabled him to stay afloat.
Camp ground manager Kyle paddled out to the boys and stayed with them, keeping them calm and assisting them back to shore as emergency services arrived.
The boys made their own way out of the water and were greeted by waiting police and paramedics but were not injured in the incident.