A six-year-old child remains in a serious condition after being rescued in a dramatic operation off the Dorset coast. Portland coastguard said boy 'momentarily stopped breathing' after getting into difficulties in the water at Chesil Cove.
He was airlifted to a hospital in Dorchester and has now been transferred to one in Southampton.
The RNLI is warning people of the dangers of the coast after more than twenty people were rescued from one bathing spot in one day.
RNLI lifeguards at Croyde beach rescued 24 people after bathers and bodyboarders were caught in strong rip currents. The casualties, including children, were dragged away from the beach and unable to make it back to shore in the conditions.
RNLI lifeguards carried out several rescues throughout the day (Tuesday July 24th) as people struggled.
A child who was rescued from the sea off Portland 'momentarily stopped breathing' coastguards said this evening. The child was rescued after the alarm was raised by a member of the public just after 7pm.
A dramatic rescue unfolded at Chesil Cove at Portland tonight in front of scores of beach-goers after a child got into difficulties in the water. Coastguards say the six-year-old was taken to hospital in Dorchester after being stabalised by paramedics.
Police and coastguards cleared part of the beach to allow the helicopter to land on the sloping beach. There were some hundred people on the beach enjoying the hot sunny evening.