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VIDEO REPORT : 36 saved in dramatic rescue

More than 30 schoolchildren have been rescued by helicopter and lifeboats from a Kent beach after becoming trapped by the rising tide.

The hiking party - which included two adults - were plucked to safety after straying from a coastal path between Dover Harbour and St Margaret's Bay.

The youngsters used mobile phones as distress beacons. Two hours later they would have been swimming for their lives.

In her report Sarah Saunders spoke to Matt Ivatt of the Dover coastguard, Billy Hollis of the Dover RNLI and resident Jean Smith. Video footage and still provided by @kernowsailing and Stuart Brock Photography.

Child airlifted to hospital after jet ski collision

The air ambulance was called to Calshot Credit: UKNIP

A child has been airlifted to hospital after two jetskis collided off Calshot Spit in the Solent.

Two adults and two children were rescued Credit: UKNIP

The air ambulance, coastguard and lifeboat crews were involved in the rescue this afternoon after two adults and two children ended up in the water.

Hampshire police, Helimed and South Central Ambulance were also at the scene.

The extent of the youngster's injuries isn't yet known, but they were airlifted to Southampton General shortly after 2pm.

An investigation's been launched into the incident.

A child was treated by paramedics before being airlifted to hospital Credit: UKNIP

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Bid to cut number of deaths on South's coastline

Close to 100 people have lost their lives on the South's coastline in the last four years according to new figures. The news comes as the RNLI launches a campaign to reduce the number of deaths by half. Many who died didn't intend to even go into the water - but were swept away by waves or fell from cliffs. Christine Alsford reports.

Coastguard conducting search after distress call from unknown vessel

The Coastguard has received a distress call from a vessel at sea - saying it had a hole in its side and was taking in water - but has since lost contact.

Helicopters and lifeboats are trying to locate the vessel, which they believe could be in the Newhaven area.

We received a broken message via VHF? radio this afternoon at about 2.30 pm that a vessel needed assistance because it had a hole in its side and was taking water. Since that time we have had no further communication with the vessel.

– Jonathan Mustard, UK Coastguard

Coastguard search for missing trawler

A major air and sea search is underway in rough seas off Dungeness for a missing trawler. The vessel was believed to be heading for Ostend when it lost contact with coastguards this afternoon.

Dover Coastguard say a helicopter and two lifeboats have been searching for the trawler. There are reports a second helicopter from France has also joined the search.

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Fears over merger of coastguard stations

Loss of local knowledge? Credit: Meridian

Critics of the controversial merger of the coastguard stations covering the Dorset and Hampshire coasts say it could lead to a loss of vital local knowledge. Staff from Portland and Lee-on-Solent will now work at a new centre at Fareham. But the coastguard says its ability to respond to emergencies won't be affected. The Royal Yachting Association says it is been assured seach and rescue operations won't suffer.

Reports that missing girl was seen jumping into sea

Police and coastguards were called to Selsey after girl was reported to have jumped into the sea.

The girl was reported to have jumped into the sea in the East Beach area around 11.30am by a member of the public who then became concerned when they didn't see her again.

A HM Coastguard helicopter and two lifeboats are at the scene.

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