Girl Rescued After Floating on Raft Away From Mass. Beach

The Swampscott harbormaster rescued the girl, who is safe

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A child was rescued from the ocean off Massachusetts Tuesday after being taken away from shore by the tide, police said.

The girl was on a raft at Preston Beach in Marblehead when she was carried out into the water, according to the Swampscott Police Department.

Adults tried to catch her and the raft but couldn't, according to the Marblehead Police Department, which described the girl as very young, though her exact age wasn't given. Her father tried to reach her in another raft.

Police and officials with the harbormasters of both Marblehead and Swampscott jumped into action after bystanders called 911. An officer on shore coordinated as they rescued both the girl and her father, police said.

Both are safe. An ambulance evaluated the pair at the pier at Swampscott's Fisherman's Beach, according to Marblehead police.

"There are still many weeks of beach weather ahead before the end of the summer season. This is a good reminder that the ocean can be an unforgiving place and things can happen quickly," Marblehead police said in a Facebook post. "To the many bystanders who called us for help – thank you!"

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