Heroic teen feared drowned on holiday trying to save 10 kids from deadly riptide

Authorities fear a teenager has drowned after he attempted to rescue 10 children who were swept away by a strong riptide current.

Callum Osborne-Ward, 18, has not been seen since the heroic teenager entered the water at Rockley Point in Poole Harbour, Dorset, on Monday afternoon.

Terrified parents also entered the sea to help recover the children.

Three of the ten children who were recovered from the riptide were taken to hospital as a precaution.

During the chaos attentions turned to the absence of holidaymaker Callum who was reported missing soon after.

An extensive search involving police, coastguards and RNLI teams ensued and continued late into the evening.

The area which is popular with visitors because of its small sandy beach is similarly known for the treacherous rip tides in the stretch of water next to the beach destination.

Witnesses report that the children were jumping off the railway bridge that spans the harbour at the time of the event.

Holidaymaker Leanne Edwards said: "When we first arrived it was just the Rockley Park staff doing the rescuing. Then three ambulances and two small ambulances arrived.

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"We were told that four kids had been swept beneath the bridge. They just got carried away.

"There was one teenage girl on a boat at the end of the pontoon. She was unable to move. Two teenagers were sat beside the pontoon. Another was sat near the mooring."

In a statement, Dorset Police said: "Following enquiries, it was established that a further person – 18-year-old Callum Osborne-Ward – was unaccounted for and searches are being carried out by the coastguard, police and RNLI to locate him."

Chief Inspector Glen Doran, of Dorset Police, said: 'At this current time Callum remains unaccounted for and we cannot say for certain whether he is still in the water or has made it to land and is lost somewhere in the local area.

'We are working with the Coastguard and RNLI to carry out extensive searches of the water and shoreline and I am appealing to anyone who has any information as to his whereabouts – or who sees a young man matching the description given – to please contact us immediately.'

The tragic events come as a number of reports demonstrate the dangers of seeking places to swim as the summer temperatures soar.

Last Saturday the deaths of two Scottish teenagers swimming in a loch became the latest victims of drowning as the heatwave death toll rose to 24.

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