Shoeburyness incident sees coastguard and air ambulance called …
Emergency services, including the coastguard and air ambulance, were called to rescue two kite surfers in distress off the Essex coast. The pair were around a mile offshore with a strong outgoing tide off Shoeburyness.
There were concerns pair were at risk of being pulled past the Shoebury Boom during the incident, which took place on Saturday (November 11). One of them managed to call for 999 on their Apple Watch to request the Coastguard.
A lifeboat was deployed from Southend and the pair were brought ashore. A Coastguard spokesperson said: "There was concern that the casualties had been in the water for a considerable period and were showing signs of hypothermia and possible secondary drowning.
"Due to this concern for their welfare the HEMS air ambulance was tasked together with EEAST incident commanders as a precaution. The casualties they were taken and received casualty care at the Southend Coastguard station and given warm drinks whilst closely observed by Paramedics.
"Once EEAST were comfortable with their improving condition they were discharged from the care of emergency responders. Should you see anyone in trouble on or near the coast, don’t hesitate to dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard, you could save someone’s life."
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