Two children hospitalised after being swept out to sea in Kent
28 July 2020, 22:58
Two children were hospitalised after getting into difficulty while swimming off the Kent coast.
Emergency services rushed to Dymchurch after an adult and the two children got into trouble around 3pm on Wednesday.
One child was taken to Ashford Hospital by the HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopter, while the other was taken by road.
The adult was able to return to the beach themselves.
DYMCHURCH update: ‘Multiple persons’ are said to have been in difficulty at Dymchurch this afternoon. One child is believed to have been rescued by a Coastguard helicopter and another child by a member of the public who swam to their assistance. Vid Kathy Nicholls. pic.twitter.com/FvayRuiKvt— Kent 999s (@Kent_999s) July 28, 2020
A Maritime and Coastguard Agency spokeswoman said: “At just after 3pm this afternoon, HM Coastguard received multiple 999 calls about three people, two children and one adult, in difficulty in the water off Dymchurch, Kent.
“We sent the HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Lydd, Dungeness Coastguard Rescue Team and Littlestone RNLI lifeboat. Kent Police and South East Ambulance also attended and a local vessel assisted.
“The helicopter took one child to Ashford hospital and the other child was taken to hospital by South East Ambulance Service. The adult was able to self-recover back to shore.”