Original article from Kent Live
A mum from Folkestone has praised two men who saved a young child on Saturday (July 24).
The child was swept out to sea in a riptide when the tide was going out between the harbour wall and the arm wall.
People watched on feeling "helpless" but let out cheers when the men returned.
Lucia Power, who witnessed the incident unfold, described the men as "anonymous heroes" in a post on Facebook.
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She also indicated that her children have realised the importance of learning to swim.
"To the two men who risked their lives and the men who were pulling the kayaks off to save a young child who was stuck in the riptide when the tide was going out between the harbour wall and the arm wall, well done," she said.
"I can’t imagine how frightened the child was, the mother was petrified.
"It doesn’t matter how strong a swimmer you are, it isn’t safe.
"Everyone watched and felt helpless. I applaud you. However dangerous it was I’m sure you made that child safe."
The mum also explained how the events she saw has made her child understand the importance of learning to swim.
She also describes that the 'safe' zone, marked for those who want to swim in the sea, is actually unsafe when the tide goes out.
"However frightening today was my child now understands how important it is to learn to swim," she added.
"You are two anonymous heroes.
"As soon as I saw you hit that ladder I cheered.
"I’ve never felt so helpless but I would have been in trouble myself if went out there.
"Today has shown even when the tide is going out in that ‘safe’ area it isn’t."
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