Cowes Lifeboat Rushes to Help Exhausted Swimmers 

22nd July 2021

Two Southampton men who got into difficulties in a strong ebb tide became the subject of a cross-Solent dash by Cowes lifeboat this (Thurs) afternoon.

The men, who were middle-aged, had entered the sea at Stanwood Point, Lepe, and had apparently been struggling after being in the water for about 30 minutes. Fortunately, they were then helped ashore by a kayaker. The lifeboat arrived at the beach to provide initial on the spot medical support.

“We found them to be very tired and to have swallowed a lot of water,” said lifeboat crew member Jack Banks. “We provided casualty care and were joined by coastguards from Lymington. Eventually the men were taken by ambulance to hospital in Southampton.

“The reason they gave for taking the plunge was they just wanted to cool off in the heat.”

The lifeboat had launched at launched at 2 pm and returned to station at 2.55 pm.

Calshot RNLI Lifeboat and Lymington Coastguard Rescue Team were also tasked.