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UPDATED: The family, from Shanklin, have made contact with Island Echo this evening following this appeal. They have been advised to be aware of the risks of secondary drowning.

The girl’s mother says that the duo were not out of the depth, but in fact the panic was over lost shoes.

Thank you to everyone who shared this appeal far and wide in the interests of the children’s safety.

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An urgent plea is being made to the family of 2 young girls, who are said to have been ‘seconds from death’ after going under the water at Bembridge this evening (Monday), to get them medical attention as soon as possible.

Just as the annual Bembridge Fort Walk was concluding the volunteers on board Bembridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat spotted 2 girls in difficulty in the water. Without a second thought, crew members jumped into the water and pulled the girls – said to be aged around 7 and 10 – to safety. They had fallen into a dredging hole.

With the 2 youngsters safely on board the lifeboat, they were taken to the shore to rendezvous with Coastguard officers and to be reunited with the remaining members of their party – a male (thought to be an uncle) and another 2 young children (thought to be aged around 6).

Unfortunately, the male left the scene without leaving any details with the Coastguard and without the girls being checked over medically.

Concerns have been raised about the potential for secondary drowning as it is understood the youngsters inhaled an amount of water.

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The Lifeboat Operations Manager at Bembridge RNLI is asking for the family members to ensure the girls are seen by medical staff as soon as possible. They should call 111 and if the children’s condition is deteriorating then 999.

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