Press Notice No: 335/00
Sunday, August 20, 2000
COASTGUARDS SAVE DROWNING MAN
A 35 year old Coventry man, named as Mr Martin Wood, was early this morning saved from drowning in the sea 150 yard from the shore at Ingoldmells, Skegness when Coastguards heroically swam out to save him as he got in to difficulties whilst swimming after his beach board which was floating out to sea.
A member of the public heard Mr Wood shouting for help and immediately call 999 for Coastguard on his mobile phone. Mr Wood was so close to the shore his cries could be heard via the mobile in the operations room at Yarmouth Coastguard.
Yarmouth Coastguard called Skegness Coastguard Rescue Team to attend the scene, scrambled the RAF rescue helicopter from Leconfield and requested the launch of the two RNLI lifeboats from Skegness.
As soon as the Coastguard Rescue Team arrived on scene a rescue line was thrown to Mr Wood but it soon became apparent he was too weak to grab line. Both members of the Skegness Rescue Team, Kevin Price and Alan Fisher, waded out and, with a rescue line connected between them, Kevin swam out to save Mr Wood. On getting him safely back to shore he was treated by paramedics from an awaiting ambulance and taken to Skegness Hospital were he is said to be suffering from hypothermia but otherwise well.
Yarmouth Coastguard Watch Manager, Mario Siano commented:
“We were very concerned that this man may not survive, we received the initial call at 8:04 a.m., the rescue team realise time was critical and the Skegness Coastguards entered the water to save this man’s life he was out of the water and in the ambulance by 8:16 a.m.”
“The Coastguards entering the water had the full back up of the lifeboats and the rescue helicopter fast approaching the scene, we would strongly advise members of the public NOT to enter the water if they see someone in difficulty but to dial 999 and ask for Coastguard immediately”
Posted by: Roselyne Skeffington