A mum and her two young children are in a serious condition in hospital after getting into difficulties on a beach.The family were rushed to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary after they were spotted struggling in the chilly North Sea.
A frantic rescue operation was launched at 4:40pm today after concerns were raised for the safety of several people in an area near Pizza Hut. Aberdeen lifeboat and local coastguard rescue teams helped rescue the family from the water.
Police Inspector Lorna Ferguson said: “We got called down about 4.45pm after reports of three persons in the water at the beachfront in Aberdeen. It appears that all three were possibly playing in the water. It appears to be a mother and two boys. All three have been recovered from the water with the assistance of the coastguard and lifeboat and are all en-route to hospital.”
Officers spent the evening quizzing dozens of witnesses as a large area of the beach remained cordoned off. One of the children is believed to be aged around six or seven with the other youngster described by police as “slightly older”. Witnesses described the weather conditions as “squally’ with gusts of wind battering the coast and the tide fully in.