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September 9, 2013

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Hovercraft rescues girls

Hovercraft Rescues

Hovercraft rescues girls – Three girls believed to be sisters were rescued by RNLI Hovercraft whilst clinging to a buoy amid strong currents in Brancaster UK. As the hovercraft and a lifeboat neared the buoy the woman lost her grip on the buoy and began to be dragged away by the current. While the hovercraft attended the younger girls one of the crew dived into the water to rescue the woman before she was swept under. Hunstanton RNLI spokesperson Geoff Needham said: “they were very, very lucky. This was a serious incident.”

It was touch and go and the team performed excellently. They were on the scene as quickly as they possibly could be. The Hunstanton RNLI received the call from Humber Coastguard at around 3.45pm and had reached the group by 4.15pm. Once on dry land the group were taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn by ambulance although it is believed that this was a precautionary measure. This incident again confirms the importance of hovercraft in rescue situations where time is critical. Hovercraft are able to reach victims in fast running shallow waters, or from mud, sand or have fallen through ice. Hovercraft save victims from drowning, and hypothermia.

 

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