UPDATE: Boy, 11, rescued after clinging onto pier during high tides

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A 11-year-old boy had to be rescued by lifeguards after getting stuck out at sea during high tides.

Portsmouth and Southsea Voluntary Lifeguards were called just before 4pm yesterday to reports of a boy clinging to the bottom of the pier at the outfall at Eastney.

Rescue teams were sent out in jet ski watercraft to find the boy, who was unable to swim back to shore against the strong currents.

The team were able to get to the child and took him back to the beach, where he was met by Portsmouth Coastguard and checked for any injuries.

Coxwain Luke Daurvalla said the lifeguards had been called by a member of the public who had seen the boy struggling.

He added: “The boy was very lucky to get hold of something. The rescue was quite tricky, we only had one shot of doing it but that’s what our training is about.

“People often do not appreciate the speed of the water.”