Family rescued by James Cracknell and son
The lifeguards at Croyde Bay in Devon had left for the day when seven year old Emerson Fairclough and his grandfather Jim Greatorex, 67, got into trouble in the sea. Fortunately for them, former Olympic rower James Cracknell and his son Croyde were at the beach surfing when Croyde spotted the grandfather and grandson struggling in the water. Croyde assisted Jim Greatorex by telling him to hold on to his board while his father helped Emerson to get back to shore safely. Everyone managed to get back onto the beach unscathed, all thanks to quick-thinking Croyde and the bravery of himself and his father. Croyde’s mother Beverley Turner praised her son on Twitter, saying that she was very proud of him.
Following the incident, lifeguards at the beach advised that people should try to go in the sea only when the lifeguards are present as it is much safer - we might not always be lucky enough to have a former Olympian on hand to help.