Three girls meet their rescuers

Today, a group of students were reunited with three of the teenage girls they saved from drowning in treacherous currents at Lepe Beach in Hampshire.

Girls recovering after sea rescue

The scene at the beach at Lepe Country Park in the New Forest Credit: Charlie Wilkins

Two girls rescued from the sea are recovering after their ordeal. They got into trouble yesterday afternoon off Lepe Beach near Calshot in Hampshire. Four people swum to their rescue. An unconscious 13-year-old girl was taken by the coastguard rescue helicopter to Southampton General Hospital.

A second girl was transferred by the air ambulance. One of the girls has since been discharged from hospital whilst another is in a comfortable and stable condition.

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Lepe rescue: statement from emergency services

"At 12.17pm Solent Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre received a 999 call from a member of the public reporting that two girls were shouting for help in the sea off Lepe Beach near Calshot, Hampshire and four people had swum out to help.

"Calshot RNLI lifeboat and Southampton Coastguard Rescue Team attended and the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter from Lee on Solent was sent to the scene. The two girls were helped back to shore.

"An unconscious 13-year-old girl was taken by the coastguard rescue helicopter to Southampton General Hospital. A second girl was transferred by the air ambulance and the four other people involved were treated on scene and did not go to hospital."

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