Leeds coach rescues stranded children from a yacht
By Harvey Byrne
Leeds coach James Beattie helped rescue two stranded children on Sunday after their yacht got caught by a current and put into the direction of a much larger ferry.
Hampshire news outlet the Daily Echo reported that the Whites coach, who was visiting Dorset was on the ferry that the children’s yacht was getting dragged into.
The result could have been devastating, but Beattie acted quickly to make sure there were not any severe casualties.
One onlooker was full of praise for the Leeds senior man and is quoted in the report as stating that while other people were standing and watching, former footballer Beattie was one of the first to act and got hold of the children.
“We didn’t know what it was at first but then saw a small yacht getting dragged into the chain ferry,” told eyewitness Ashley Jacobs.
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“We are just a small boat so we couldn’t offer a tow but we stayed on standby just in case one of the children went into the water. I saw a number of people on the chain ferry rushing to help, one of which was James Beattie.
“He got hold of the children when other people were just standing about watching, so credit to him for that.”
Beattie himself was also critical of those he was on the ferry with via his personal Twitter account, claiming he acted on instinct while others got their phones out.
Current too strong for that little yatch.
Glad the family are ok.
Acted on instinct while too many get their phones out to video! Crazy! https://t.co/Nun1xLMhiD
— James Beattie (@1jamesbeattie) April 23, 2017
The 39-year-old has only been at Leeds since the summer when Garry Monk took charge, but he has received high praise for getting the best out of the Championship’s top scorer Chris Wood.
Of course, these type of stories won’t do Beattie any harm and while the club may be struggling on the pitch fans will clearly be delighted that one of their own is receiving praise in the public for heroic moves like this one.
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