Coastguards on the Isle of Wight are reminding Islanders and tourists alike to dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard following an incident in Ventnor yesterday (Thursday), in which only 1 person alerted the emergency services.
Ventnor Coastguard Rescue Team (CRT) and Bembridge CRT were mobilised to Ventnor Esplanade at 15:21 following reports of 2 persons in difficulty and calling for help off the beach.
It didn’t take long for Coastguard Rescue Officers to arrive on scene and locate the first informant, who explained what they had seen and heard.
Sandown & Shanklin Independent Lifeboat was requested to launch and a search along the shore from land swiftly got underway.
2 individuals soon made themselves known to the search teams and confirmed it was them who had called out for help. The duo had been swept out to sea and along the coast slightly, but luckily managed to make it ashore.
Although the beach was extremely busy, Solent Coastguard received just 1 single 999 call reporting the cries for help and the developing situation. This has surpsied members of Ventnor Coastguard Rescue Team, who are now urging beachgoers to dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard immediately if you hear or see someone who may be in difficulty.
With the casualties confirmed as safe and well, both CRTs were immediately re-deployed to Shanklin Esplanade to assist with a cardiac arrest on the beach.
If you or someone else is in difficulty on the coast or at sea, or if you spot what you think may be unexploded ordnance, then dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard. Further safety information can be found at https://coastguardsafety.campaign.gov.uk/.