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Sheerness RNLI lifeboat responds to swimmers in difficulty

Lifeboats News Release

The Sheerness RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched after reports of swimmers in difficulty off Minster Leas

The volunteer crew of the Sheerness inshore lifeboat launched on the evening of 20 June 2017 after a call from the UK Coastguard reported that two young girls were in difficulties in the water off Minster Leas and that a third person, a male, who had gone into the water to assist was also having problems.

The ILB was on the scene at 6.59pm by which time it was clear that all three were now back on the shore.

The ILB was beached to allow the casualty care trained crew to check that the three people were okay but it became immediately obvious that they were all suffering from water ingestion and the male was having breathing difficulties.

Using the emergency equipment from the lifeboat the crew were able to administer oxygen and reassure the casualties until a first responder and later two ambulances from the Kent ambulance service arrived on the scene.

With the casualties now in the hands of the Paramedics the ILB left the scene at 7.30pm and was back on station and ready for duty again at 7.45pm

It is believed all three persons were taken to hospital by ambulance for further checks.


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