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Icelander Rescues British Girl from Sea

If not for Ingólfur Eyrfeld Guðjónsson, 16-year-old British teenager Georgia Richards would probably not be alive today.

Richards was plucked from the sea near Heysham in Lancashire, England on Monday.

British television channel ITV showed the moment when the girl met Ingólfur Eyrfeld to say thanks. “I’m just a bit emotional because he saved my life. I’m just happy that he’s okay, and that I’m okay, and that he saved my life,” Richards told ITV.

For his part, Ingólfur coolly passes the thanks on to his lifesaving course. “The training pops up when you’re in the situation and you’re better prepared for a situation like that,” he says.

The accident occurred when Richards and her friend were out on Middleton Sands, near Heysham. They had been playing in the sea when a wave washed them out to sea.

The younger of the friends, aged 14, managed to swim to shore, but Richards, 16, was not so lucky.

Passengers on a ferry first spotted the unconscious teenager out at sea and an alert was put out. Ingólfur happened to be nearby in a small speedboat.

“When we approached her, she came to consciousness all of a sudden and called for help,” Vísir reports. “I’d say she’s a very lucky girl.”

The two girls had only made friends that same day and say their shared ordeal will likely lead to a lifelong friendship.

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