A woman has died in a jet ski crash with a boat in Anglesey, North Wales, while a young child had to be rescued after drifting 300metres away from shore in Southend, as coastguard rescue call-outs surged to record levels during a British heatwave.
In a separate incident, a six-year-old child was swept out to sea off the Alderney Coast in the Channel Islands and had to be rescued by two teenagers.
North Wales Police confirmed that a woman had died following a collision between a jet ski and a boat in the Menai Bridge area on Saturday evening.
An air ambulance was forced to land metres from Southend seafront after a young child in an unmanned dinghy drifted 300m from shore
Officers received a call from the Welsh Ambulance NHS Trust at 7.29pm yesterday.
She was taken to hospital following the incident, but died afterwards.
Meanwhile, emergency services flooded Thorpe Bay beach in Southend yesterday afternoon after receiving reports of a young child in an unmanned dinghy that had drifted 300m from shore.
Emergency services flooded Thorpe Bay beach in Southend yesterday afternoon after receiving reports of a young child in an unmanned dinghy that had drifted 300m from shore
A young child was found tethered to a fishing vessel and drifted 300m from shore in Southend
The child was tethered to a fishing vessel and, when they were brought to shore, were found to be suffering from hypothermia, sea-water ingestion and shock.
An East of England Air Ambulance landed metres away from the seafront in Thorpe Bay Gardens to assist, although the child was later transferred to hospital via ambulance.
In Norfolk, a man in his 20s drowned after getting ‘into difficulty’ in a water-filled quarry.
The man’s body was pulled from the water at Bawsey Pits near King’s Lynn in Norfolk on Saturday afternoon, police confirmed.
Emergency services were called to the scene at about 11.30am on Saturday after the man was reported missing.
Overall, coastguard rescue reported more than 340 incidents on Saturday – the highest amount of callouts received in four years, as temperatures hit 36°C (96.8°F) in parts of the UK
Coastguard Rescue Teams attended 221 incidents, while both RNLI and independent lifeboats were called out on 155 occasions combined. Supporting aircraft also attended at 30 incidents.
HM Coastguard received 186 calls yesterday and coordinated search and rescue responses to a wide-range of incidents, which included people being cut off by the tide and children swept out to sea on inflatables.
It was the highest amount of callouts recorded in four years, as well as a 145 per cent increase compared to last August.
Saturday’s numbers shattered the recent record set on Friday, 31 July, when coastguard rescue attended 329 incidents.
HM Coastguard Deputy Head of Coastal Operations Richard Hackwell said: ‘We have seen a big rise in incident numbers this weekend as more people visit coastal areas and head to the beach.
‘We understand that people want to have fun at the coast and enjoy the heatwave, but we urge everyone to respect the sea and take responsibility in helping to ensure the safety of themselves, friends and family.
‘We’re heading into a period of more good weather so we want to remind you to check and double check tide times as even the most experienced swimmer or keen watersports enthusiast can get caught out by currents and tides.
‘Plan your day out, always exercise caution and make sure you have a way of contacting us if you get into trouble.’
He added: ‘As our latest statistics show, we’ll always respond when someone calls 999 and asks for the Coastguard, but help us to help you by not making choices which could put yourself and others at risk.
‘Every time our frontline teams respond – as they always do and always will – please don’t forget that they’re also put at risk too.
‘Take extra care at the coast today and over the coming days. We don’t want you to remember your day-out for all the wrong reasons.’