16th August 2021
Cowes lifeboat crossed the Solent this evening to give follow-up support to a life-threatening drama that had involved three young children.
The incident occurred at Lepe when two men swam out to the children, all believed to be under ten, who were clearly in difficulty.
Although the rescuers and rescued safely reached the shore, the lifeboat arrived to find one of the men face down on the beach, struggling to breath. He was given first aid by a lifeboat member, and also then checked by a fireman and a Lymington coastguard before being handed over to an ambulance.
The lifeboat, which had launched at 5.48 pm, returned to station an hour later.EC