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Hayling RNLI Lifeboat and local Lifeguards combine to save a young lady’s life

Lifeboats News Release

On Wednesday 1 August a local lady went swimming off W Wittering beach, got into difficulties and was not breathing when recovered from the water.

Two lifeboats and the Search and Rescue helicopter involved in the rescue of the lady.

RNLI/Alan Bartlett

Hayling Lifeboats and the helicopter involved.

On a fine sunny afternoon a 19 yr old young lady from Waterlooville went swimming quite close to the end of the lifeguard protected beach. When she got into difficulties she was seen by the W Wittering Estate lifeguards who rushed to her aid. By the time that they recovered her from the sea she had stopped breathing and had swallowed a lot of water.

The lifeguards started CPR and the RNLI Lifeboat was called as well as an ambulance and the Search & Rescue helicopter. The Hayling RNLI D-Class lifeboat arrived on scene by which time the lady had started breathing and oxygen was being given to her, but the lifeguard’s oxygen ran out and so the lifeboat crew supplied a fresh cylinder.

An ambulance arrived closely followed by the helicopter. The casualty was transferred to the ambulance and after discussion and having thoroughly checked the young lady’s condition it was decided she was now stable and could be taken to hospital by ambulance. Helm Danny MacPherson said ‘This incident really showed the need for people enjoying a sunny afternoon on a beach to make sure it’s lifeguard protected and that they swim in the zone between the red and yellow flags. This life was saved by a successful combined rescue effort in which we were glad to assist.’

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