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Three lifeboats in sea rescue

Three lifeboats from Selsey, Eastbourne and Hastings were launched on Thursday night to search for a missing yacht in stormy weather.

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RNLI rescues up across the region

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RNLI crews release summer incident figures Credit: ITV Meridian Archive

The RNLI has released figures showing an increase in the number of rescue missions in the Meridian region. The charity's second busiest lifeboat station in the country is Ramsgate in Kent. Its crews attended 49 call outs over the Summer - ten more than in the same time period in 2011.

While in the county of Hampshire the number of incidents over the Summer was 11% higher than in the same stretch of time last year. In total the crews at Hayling Island, Portsmouth, Calshot and Lymington launched one hundred and forty-two times.


Lifeboat rescue after mid-Solent cricket match

The journey home from the country's weirdest cricket match ended with eight people and a dog being rescued by a lifeboat crew.

They were aboard an eight-metre RIB which had been returning to Cowes after taking advantage of a low tide to attend a cricket match on a sandbank in the mid-Solent .

But yesterday when off Old Castle Point, East Cowes the craft broke down when its engine over-heated.

Luckily Cowes lifeboat had also been one of the many craft attending the cricket match, staged on Bramble Bank, and responded straight away.

The cricket match, between representatives of sailing clubs at Cowes and Hamble, proved even more testing than usual, with the wind ensuring the sand was not so exposed on thisoccasion.

French crew rescued off the Needles

The Needles, off the Isle of Wight Credit: Press Association

Two French crew on their yacht have been escorted safely into Cowes after broadcasting a Mayday when one crew member fell overboard, off the Needles.

Solent Coastguard received the Mayday broadcast from the sailing yacht Bridailly in French.

Officers scrambled the coastguard rescue helicopter from and requested the launch of the Yarmouth RNLI lifeboat. The vessel and crew were located in the Hurst Narrows (Needles) and escorted into Cowes.

Steven Mann at Solent Coastguard said:

"We needed to ask the caller questions so we called on our counterparts in France at MRCC Joburg to help with the language barrier.

We connected our radios to the French phone system to enable our colleagues to communicate directly with the casualty vessel using the needles channel 16 aerial. "

Rescue after fall from rocks overlooking Olympic sailing

A MAN has been airlifted to hospital after falling on rocks at the Nothe in Weymouth which overlooks the Olympic sailing course.

Rescuers were called in after the man suffered a head injury.

The coastguard helicopter, a lifeboat, police units and coastguard ground teams all attended.

It has not been confirmed if he was within the official Olympic sailing viewing area at the Nothe Gardens or on the rocks close by.

See the video of the rescue here

Children saved by lifeguards

Lifeguards say their quick actions prevented a tragic outcome when they pulled a pair of children, aged 4 and 6, from severe difficulties in the water at Westbrook Bay, Thanet, yesterday.

Only five to ten metres from the shoreline, the pair were being slowly being pulled out by the tide.

Lifeguards rushed to their aid and found that the boy was holding onto his sister to try to keep her afloat, unwittingly pushing her under the water.

Lifeguard Breanainn Roberson said: "Although panicked, the boy seemed to be okay, but the girl was making a gurgling sound which was quite distressing.

"She had swallowed a lot of sea water and was foaming at the mouth."

They administered oxygen, keeping the girl calm until the ambulance arrived and took her to hospital. The boy was given oxygen by paramedics, and taken away in a second ambulance as a precaution.

This incident shows just how important it is for families to choose a lifeguarded beach, and always swim between the red and yellow flags. As was the case here, lifeguards can reach those in difficulty within seconds, and will have first aid kit close at hand once casualties are recovered to the shore."

– Area Lifeguard Manager Rory Smith


Partner of man lost at sea after attempted rescue speaks out

The partner of a man missing at sea after he helped rescue two children who had

got into trouble has spoken of the loss of her "soulmate

Marco Araujo, of Grafton Street, Portsmouth, Hampshire, was last seen in the

water at the mouth of Portsmouth Harbour on Thursday afternoon.

The 33-year-old and another man went to the rescue of two girls, one aged four

and the other aged 10.

The other man made it back to the shore but Mr Araujo did not.

In a statement Mr Araujo's partner Tracey Hall

said: "A lovely family day turned into my worst nightmare, which I cannot wake


"My three-year-old grandson and I watched Marco go into the sea to save lives.

There was no hesitation from Marco."I have lost my partner, my best friend and my soulmate.

"To everyone you are a hero, but to me, you were my life. "

Anyone with information should contact Hampshire Police.

Search continues for missing sea rescue man in Portsmouth

The search is continuing for a man missing in the waters of Portsmouth harbour.

Police were called at 3.45pm yesterday to reports that the man had gone into the water at Tower Street to rescue two children.

Both children are safe as is another man who also went in to save them.

The search for the first man is continuing in the waters around Camber Docks and Old Portsmouth and involves the Coastguard Helicopter and the Ministry of Defence police boat.

Police hace stressed "This is still very much a missing persons enquiry and rumours on social networking sites that a body has been recovered are untrue."

Three teenagers blown out to sea on inflatable boat

Dover Coastguard has issued a warning after a search and rescue operation was launched last night when three teenagers got blown out to sea on an inflatable toy boat in Pegwell Bay, off Sandwich.

They were called at 9.30pm by Ramsgate Port to report that the three children had been spotted at the entrance to the River Stour on a semi inflated toy rubber boat.

The Margate, Deal and Langdon coastguard rescue teams searched along the shoreline for the children.

The Ramsgate all weather and inshore RNLI lifeboats and the two Walmer RNLI lifeboats searched an area off Ramsgate whilst a rescue helicopter from RAF Wattisham was scrambled and joined the search.

"I am very relieved to say that we have just found the three children in Grange Road, Ramsgate after they were spotted by a member of the public and reported to us. They still had their boat with them. Inflatable boats and toys are great fun in the swimming pool, but don’t use them at the seaside. As we can see from this incident, they can easily be blown out to sea. These children were very fortunate to have made it to shore. Others may not be so lucky.”

– Spike Hughes, Dover Coastguard Rescue Coordination Centre Manager
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