A rescue operation was launched after Thomas Spence-Hamblin suffered a febrile seizure in the sea.
The five-year-old was plucked from the water while playing in water with his twin brother Nathaniel.
Emergency services were scrambled to the scene – on Sunday afternoon at a packed Seaton Sluice beach in Northumberland – when the alarm was raised.
Emergency services and the coastguard rushed to Thomas’s aid and the youngster was taken to North Tyneside General Hospital.
Thomas has now fully recovered from his ordeal. Mother Danielle, 25, a business owner, of Holy Cross, Wallsend, said: “Thomas seemed completely fine when we took him to the beach and he was not poorly.
“He was happily playing in the sea when he started to have a fit – it was terrifying. Every fit looks scary, but it was in the sea so we were worried in case he swallowed some water. I was hysterical and crying. I was petrified and I held Thomas’s hand and kept talking to him.” Thomas’s father, Tony, 28, a civil servant, picked his son up out of the sea and the family made their way across the beach towards the car park as an ambulance was on its way.
The Wallsend St Peter’s C of E Primary School pupil was also at the beach with his stepbrother, Alex, seven, and his aunty and uncle.
A passer-by dialled 999 while others helped the family by getting juice and calming Danielle down.
The Great North Air Ambulance was called but did not need to assist as Thomas’s condition stabilised.
“I am so grateful to everyone for their help,” said Danielle. “It has restored my faith that there are nice people out there who will help.
“All the emergency services were great and Thomas is now fine. I just want to thank those who helped us.”