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Shocking Pictures: Reckless Teenager Caught By Wave On Sea Wall

15/08/2014 16:03 | Updated 20 May 2015

Boy almost washed out to sea as he walks through waves

This idiotic boy is lucky to be alive after he was almost washed away as he walked along a wave-battered sea wall during this week's storms.

The young teenager took his life in his hands as he made his way along the concrete flood defence at Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset.

Either oblivious, indifferent - or just plain defiant - to the treacherous conditions, the boy gingerly walked along the wall before he was engulfed by an enormous wave and started to lose his balance.

It was only be sheer luck that he wasn't swept out to sea.

Fearing for his safety, members of the public contacted emergency services and the coastguard was called into action.

The boy was safely rescued from the South Esplanade and escaped without injury but the coastguard is now urging the public to remain vigilant.

Burnham Coastguard Officer Ian Jefferies told local news: "The boy was putting himself in a highly perilous position.

"He was very foolish to wade through such strong waves.

"Not only was he putting his own life at risk but also those who would have come out to try and rescue him.

"It is easy for people to get pulled over by the force of these waves, especially given this week's very high tides and strong winds.

"We strongly advise people to heed the warning signs and not put themselves in danger."

The incident comes almost two years after four-year-old Dylan Cecil drowned after falling from Burnham's jetty into the fast-flowing waters.

Earlier this week, officials issued a warning about high tides and strong winds which have created storm waves along Burnham's coastline.

The UK is currently experiencing some of the highest tides of the year so far due to a 'supermoon', which occurs when a full or new moon comes closest to Earth.

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