Lifeguards save boy, 5, from drowning

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 20 October, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 20 October, 2007, 12:00am

A five-year-old boy was saved from drowning by lifeguards at Shek O Beach yesterday. The boy had run away from his mother, 30, and went into the water to play at about 2.50pm just as the red flag was being hoisted. When the mother realised he was missing, she dialled 999. 'He was seen getting into trouble in water about 5 metres away from the shore, and lifeguards brought him out of the water,' a police spokesman said. The boy was taken to Eastern Hospital, where he was in stable condition last night. Because of the big waves, red flags were hoisted at Shek O Beach and Big Wave Bay Beach. Beach-goers were advised not to swim at these beaches.