The United Kingdom Coast Guard saved a young girl and her father Sunday after she’d been blown out to sea while riding an inflatable unicorn, and her father swam out to save her.
The girl had been blown “some distance away from the shore,” as her father swam desperately to save her, authorities said, according to The Telegraph Sunday. Fortunately, the Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Team spotted the girl and saved them soon after but cautioned against the use of inflatables in the ocean, advising they are only intended for pool use. Coastguard officials said their escape was “incredibly lucky.” (RELATED: Teachers Adopt ‘Gender Unicorn’ And Parents Aren’t Happy)
“Fortunately in this instance, Coastguard rescue assets were already on scene as the incident unfolded and were quick to react with additional resources being immediately launched to the area,” Coastguard Station Officer Kevin Paterson said. “Inflatables are not designed or suitable for use in the sea, especially on days like today when the wind is blowing off shore.” (RELATED: Poll: What Would You Rather Drink Than A Unicorn Frappuccino)
“These inflatables should only be used in swimming pools where there’s no risk of being blown out to sea and there’s lifeguards on duty. We would urge everyone to leave their inflatables at home when visiting the beach, or if you were thinking of buying one on the way, spending your money on something else,” Paterson continued. “Thankfully, today’s incident had a positive outcome with only the inflatable unicorn being lost to the sea.”
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