Trio in rough sea rescue drama

THREE people were recovering today after being rescued in rough seas from the mouth of the River Deben near Felixstowe Ferry.Two of the trio were taken to hospital after swallowing water.

THREE people were recovering today after being rescued in rough seas from the dangerous mouth of the River Deben near Felixstowe Ferry.

Two of the trio were taken to hospital after swallowing water. One of them was suffering from hypothermia.

Felixstowe Volunteer Coast Patrol and Rescue Service's duty crew was alerted by a jet-skier who came ashore asking for help.

Service chairman John Cresswell said the fast patrol boat Volunteer was sent to the scene and found two men clinging to one jet-ski and another hanging onto another machine, which was partially submerged.


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The jet-skiers had apparently been towing a water-skier when they got in difficulties and the water-ski gear became entangled and sucked into the engine of one of the jet-skis.

“One jet-ski was submerged with two people clinging to it, one of whom was very unwell. The third man was also clinging to his partially-submerged machine,” said Mr Cresswell.

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“Thames Coastguard was informed immediately that medical assistance was required.

“Two of the men were taken on board Volunteer and treated for hypothermia and shock. Both swallowed sea water and one was vomiting.”

Because of the rough sea and the condition of the men, Volunteer was forced to head back to Felixstowe Ferry at reduced speed with the men, aged in their 20s or 30s, being treated on board.

They were met at the Ferry by Coastguards and an ambulance crew and the men were taken to Ipswich Hospital. Their conditions were not thought to be life-threatening.

Mr Cresswell said after the men were handed over the emergency services, his crew recovered the two jet skis.

The incident happened yesterday about 2.30pm.

WEBLINK: www.mcga.gov.uk

Did you see the incident - were you one of the men rescued, or do you know who they were? Contact the Evening Star Newsdesk on 01473 324788.

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