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Two people taken to hospital after water rescue near Spa Pavilion at Felixstowe

PUBLISHED: 10:33 22 August 2020 | UPDATED: 07:42 23 August 2020

The rescue happened in the water close to the Spa Pavilion at Felixstowe  Picture: Mike Page

The rescue happened in the water close to the Spa Pavilion at Felixstowe Picture: Mike Page

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Two people were taken to hospital after swallowing water and becoming hypothermic after getting stranded near the Spa Pavilion at Felixstowe.

The Coastguard received calls on Friday evening that two people had reportedly got into difficulty.

Oceana Shiress, 14, was one of those who got stranded on the rocks close to the Spa Pavilion along with a friend.

“It was quite tough in the sea,” said Oceana.

“We could not see any rocks. I thought nothing of it and we went in.”

Oceana is a competent swimmer but even she started to struggle in the sea.

While her friend got out of the water Oceana struggled.

“The waves were crashing and pushing me,” said Oceana.

“My friend could not get me out so he stayed with me.”

The pair signalled to two of their friends who were standing at the shore to call the Coastguard.

Both Oceana and her friend ended up getting cut and grazed as the waves knocked them into the rocks.

The Coastguard arrived around five to ten minutes later.

“It was a relief to see them,” said Oceana.

“I don’t know what we would have done without them.”

One member of the coastguard crew put on a drysuit and made her way into the water to rescue Oceana and her friend.

The pair had swallowed water and became hypothermic after being rescued.

The crew at the scene looked after them until they could be passed over to the ambulance service.

They were later transported to Ipswich Hospital and were discharged later that evening.

Oceana has been left with a few cuts and bruises from the incident but is otherwise okay, although she says she may not return to the seafront for a while.

Her mother Jenny Shiress said she was grateful for the help her daughter and her friend had received from emergency services.

“I’ve lived here all my life spending all my summers in the sea at the Spa,” said Mrs Shiress.

“It just shows how things can change.

“I really can’t thank the coastguard ambulance and Ipswich Hospital staff enough.”


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