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Man dies trying to save child from sea after warnings of dangerous currents

A man has died trying to rescue a child from the sea in Dorset. It happened just hours after a major warning - to be aware of dangerous currents and rip tides.

The tragedy took place off West Bexington Beach in West Dorset. The man managed to save the child but then got into difficulty himself. He died shortly after being airlifted to hospital.

The RNLI has warned even strong swimmers should beware - and says this summer has been particularly busy for rescues.

From Bournemouth, Martin Dowse reports.

New swim safety initiative

One in five children experience near misses in open water.

In response the Amateur Swimming Association along with the RNLI are launching a safety initiative in Bournemouth for seven to fourteen year olds.

They want to show them the difference between swimming in the confines of a pool and an open water environment.

The video below is an RNLI training feature video.


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.

Three people rescued after being cut off by tide

Margate's RNLI helped three people cut off by the tide Credit: RNLI

Margate’s RNLI inshore lifeboat assisted three people yesterday when they became cut off by the tide between Margate and Broadstairs.

RNLI lifeguards at Joss Bay raised the alarm after they spotted the group of one adult and two teenagers cut off by the tide at the northern end of Stone Bay.

Coastguards at Dover alerted Margate’s RNLI inshore lifeboat, the lifeguard and his rescue board stood by close offshore until the lifeboat arrived. Once on scene the lifeboat picked up the three people and landed them back at Stone Bay, all three were none the worse for wear after their experience.

“It is the time of year now when people enjoy a walk along the beach and we advise everyone to seek the advice of local lifeguards regarding the state of the tide and areas that may be dangerous on an incoming tide.”

– Nick Smith, deputy launching authority Margate RNLI

New campaign by RNLI to raise cash

The RNLI is encouraging people to give up tea, coffee, fizzy drinks and alcohol to raise funds to help save more lives at sea. The H2 Only challenge involves only drinking water for10 days to raise money for the charity

Campaign by RNLI to raise funds Credit: ITV


Two fishermen rescued off the south coast

Margate’s RNLI all-weather lifeboat was called out late last night (Friday 5 December) after a fishing vessel encountered problems on its delivery voyage.

The 10m long fishing vessel with two persons on board was on passage from Burnham-on-Crouch to Portsmouth when, while about five miles north of Margate, and in worsening weather conditions they encountered problems first with their electronic navigation system and then with their main engine.

The crew contacted coastguards at Dover and requested assistance to reach safety.

Margate’s all-weather lifeboat ‘Leonard Kent’ was tasked to assist and once on scene it was established that the fishing vessel’s progress using their faltering engine was insufficient to make safe progress so the vessel was taken in tow.

After an uneventful passage the refuge of Ramsgate harbour was reached and the vessel secured safely alongside, their journey temporarily interrupted.

Both crew were none the worse for wear after their experience.

Yachtsman killed in high winds

Cowes RNLI lifeboat was among rescue services that attended a large yacht in which a man was fatally injured in what was a near-gale south-westerly today.

The alert was sparked by a ketch radioing Solent Coastguards shortly after 1 pm that a person had been seriously injured. To the scene raced the Cowes Atlantic 85 lifeboat, the police launch Commander and the Lee-on-Solent based rescue helicopter.

The winchman from the helicopter was lowered to the yacht, and after he had assessed the casualty the yacht proceeded to Trinity Landing, escorted by the lifeboat. There the yacht was met by coastguards and the crew of an ambulance which took the casualty on to St Mary’s Hospital.

Earlier the lifeboat acted as go-between for the winchman, taking him on board then transferring him to the police launch from which he was lifted back into the helicopter.

This was the second incident in two days that Cowes lifeboat had been called out to a yacht where a yachtsman had been a casualty of strong winds. In the first a Norwegian was treated at St Mary’s for arm and shoulder injuries, from an apparent accidental gybe. It is understood that the yacht was based in Southampton and was on its way to Yarmouth but before the accident was diverting to Cowes because of the weather conditions.

Cowes lifeboat returned to station at 2.20 pm.

“Irrespective of the outcome, this was a good example of emergency services working in a joined up fashion to deal with a most unfortunate incident. It shows the value of joint training carried out in the Solent by all these rescue units.”

– Lifeboat launch authority, Harry Leslie

Second RNLI rescue in two weeks in Ramsgate

It is the second time in two weeks the charity’s lifeguards have been called upon to save someone dragged out of their depth by the strong water currents that flow close to the harbour arm.

The latest rescue, on Thursday 7 August, involved a fully-clothed 14-year-old girl who was splashing around in the shallows on a lilo with a friend when she fell off and was swept out of her depth.

RNLI lifeguard Dan Seagrove-Castle spotted the danger early and raced to the girl’s aid on his rescue board before she was taken further out to sea. He helped the relieved youngster onto his board and paddled her back to the safety of the beach.

"Our lifeguards are trained to spot dangers early and react quickly before a situation can escalate. In this instance Dan did exactly that by rescuing the girl before the rip current took her further round the harbour arm and potentially into a busy shipping channel. This is the second time in a fortnight we’ve needed to rescue someone from this spot at Ramsgate. This is a known hazardous area and we strongly advise people not to swim there. We’d urge members of public to follow the advice on the safety signs and swim between the red and yellows flags."

– RNLI lifeguard supervisor James Uren
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