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coastguardlogoThe Needles Coastguard Rescue Team were called to reports of a swimmer in difficulty off Freshwater Bay this afternoon (Tuesday).

The man was seen waving by onlookers as he struggled to return to the beach whilst swimming in rough conditions and was even heard shouting for help. The Coastguard team were tasked at 13:56, however luckily the man managed to get himself out of difficulty whilst emergency services were en-route to the incident.

The team returned to station at 14:35 after the swimmer left the area.

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Tom Wyeth, station officer for The Needles Coastguard Rescue Team said:

“Never be afraid to phone the coastguard via 999 if you truly believe someone is in difficulty on the coast, it is better to be safe than sorry”.

Needles Coastguard are still looking for volunteers to join their team on an Auxiliary basis, particularly those who work and/or live in the Freshwater Area. For further information email [email protected].

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