UPDATED: 3 children have been pulled from the water by members of the public after getting into difficulty at Sandown Pier.
Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team are currently attending the incident at Sandown Esplanade alongside RNLI lifeguards and the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service, who have an ambulance and a paramedic officer checking over the youngsters.
Sandown & Shanklin Independent Lifeboat (SSILB) launched to reports of children in difficulty at around 17:25. However, the children had been rescued by quick thinking onlookers by the time the volunteer lifeboat crew arrived on scene. The lifeboat has now been stood down.
The children, who are thought to have escaped unscathed, are said to have been around 15m out to sea.
UPDATE – It was initially reported to Island Echo that 3 children were pulled from the water, however, it has now been confirmed that it was a lone child – aged around 10 – that got into difficulty.
The youngster’s plight prompted an older sister – thought to be around 20 years old – to jump into the sea to save her. Unfortunately, she too got into difficulty which led to 2 other members of the public rushing to the sisters’ aid.
In total 3 people – 2 adults and 1 child – have been taken to St Mary’s Hospital over fears of secondary drowning.