THIS is the dramatic moment a five-year-old girl was plucked from the sea after drifting half a mile out on an inflatable unicorn.
The youngster floated away from the beach in the Greek town of Antirrio in the Gulf of Corinth.
Reports claimed she had ‘escaped her parents’ attention’ while playing in the water on Sunday.
Her mum and dad alerted port authorities and a ferry — the Salaminomachos — was called to pick her up.
The captain of the boat was filmed slowly approaching the youngster as she sat calmly on her inflatable — seemingly unaware of the fuss going on around her and on the shore.
A crew member then scooped her up in his arms before she was reunited with her parents.
A similar incident involved a boy of six who was rescued by a builder after being swept out to sea on an inflatable swan. Sam McKeeder, 57, of Towyn, in Conwy, said the child was a long way out at Black Rock Sands in north Wales when he heard his mum screaming.
Mr McKeeder said: ‘I was on the beach with my three grandchildren and daughter. I heard the boy’s mum shout for help and I just jumped in — the kid was in trouble and I had to help. ‘He was far away from shore, around 200 metres, and it took me a while to get to him but luckily I’m quite a strong swimmer.’
Mr McKeeder told North Wales Live he found the boy ‘totally unconscious’ face down in the water and he pulled him back to the shore. He said: ‘I turned him around and patted him on his back, and then a lot of water and sick came up, and he started breathing again.’
The boy was given oxygen and taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd hospital in Bangor by helicopter.
A coastguard spokesman said: ‘I wish people would leave inflatables at home — they are designed for swimming pools, not the sea.’
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