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UPDATED: RESCUE TEAMS SENT TO MULTIPLE PEOPLE IN THE WATER AT RYDE


HM Coastguard, Ryde Inshore Rescue and Ryde Lifeguards are responding to multiple people in the water off Ryde seafront this evening (Thursday).

Lifeguards and a passing boat have rescued 4 swimmers – 3 children and an adult – to the north of Ryde Harbour.

Ryde Rescue 1 lifeboat is now on scene and is pulling at least 2 people out of the water. Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team are located on the Harbour wall and have 1 casualty in their care.

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UPDATE @ 18:20 – Ventnor Coastguard Rescue Team and the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service are now on scene.

All persons have been accounted for and are being checked over by paramedics.

UPDATE – All 4 casualties have made their way to St Mary’s Hospital as a precautionary measure. The individuals have swallowed an amount of water, leading to fears of secondary drowning.

The incident has now been brought to a close.

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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/.

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Tina allen
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Tina allen

I really do think there should be a test to use a boat. So many amateurs think they know how to handle said boat but have no respect for the sea

Beach
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Beach

They weren’t on a boat. They were swimming.

West Wighter
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West Wighter

Wait for the facts!!! You clearly have no idea about the sea………!!!!!

Paul
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Paul

I think there should be a test before you post a comment on here

Az-zahra Aziz
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Az-zahra Aziz

I hope it is not illegal immigrants trying to come here.

john france
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john france

me and my m8 matt were fishing in the harbour. and they were quite far out with the tide turning and going out.

Linda
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Linda

The boat was the lifeguard canoe and the other was a boat who was in the vicinity. Well done to the young lifeguard who swam out twice to assist, not an easy task

ron
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it was a boat from the Vectis boating and fishing club that towed the casualties to the harbour entrance and not the inshore lifeboat

Amy
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Amy

You know this for sure do you?

Amy
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Amy

Hmmm… do you have any evidence to support your comment

ron
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ron

yes 3other people in the boat with me see the photos taken from the shore showing us collecting the casualties clinging to the rescue lifeguards paddle board and towing them to the mouth of the harbour within 4 minutes of safety until we were told to release the rope and let ryde rescue take over . It then took them 14 minutes to tow the casualties into the harbour

ron
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ron

yes see photos taken from the shore

Cllr Tim Wakeley
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Cllr Tim Wakeley

Having spoken to Vectis Club Members who took part in the rescue and others who watched from the shore I am pleased accurately outline the story of the recent rescue of wimmers in distress of Ryde Harbour:

It was the alert Lifeguard who was first on the scene with his paddleboard who averted a real crisis. The lifeguard himself required assistance as he was unable to bring the three people (two boys and a woman) back to shore on his paddlebard, against the strong ebb tide. The Lifeguard signalled to the Vectis Boating and Fishing Club for assistance and they towed the Lifeguard, and the people he had rescued, to the mouth of Ryde Harbour where the Inshore Rescue team took over.
This potential tragedy was averted because of the vigilance of the Ryde Town Council funded Lifeguard service delivered by the Waterside Trust. (The Lifeguard service was withdrawn by the IW Council some years ago).
Members of the Vectis Boating and Fishing Club who came to the assistance of the Lifeguard always keep an eye open for swimmers and other water users who may be in distress, it was they who recognised that the Lifeguard was ‘not waving’ but signalling for assistance even though they could not see the three people who were attached to the Lifeguards paddleboard.
The Ryde Lifeguard Service and the actions of the Vectis Boating and Fishing Club Members are all to be commended.

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