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Lifeboat and helicopter rescue children in trouble off Dymchurch coast

Emergency services have rescued two children in trouble off the Kent coast.

Following reports of the youngsters struggling near Dymchurch a search-and-rescue helicopter from the Lydd and Dungeness Coastguard Rescue Team and the Littlestone lifeboat were dispatched.

The coastguard deployed a helicopter in the rescue effort. Archive picture
The coastguard deployed a helicopter in the rescue effort. Archive picture

A police spokeswoman said: "Kent Police was called at 3.04pm to a report of two children needing assistance in the water off Dymchurch.

"The Kent Coastguard responded by helicopter. Kent Police and South East Coast Ambulance Service also attended.

"Two children were bought safely out of the water and it is believed one child has been taken to a local hospital as a precaution."

A spokesman for the RNLI said: “Littlestone-on-sea RNLI launched shortly after 3pm this afternoon to reports of multiple persons in the water.

"The volunteer crew arrived on scene and assisted colleagues from the Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) and Ambulance Service.

"The lifeboat returned to station, refuelled and made ready for service by 4.30pm."

This incident came three days after another call out, which took place during a training exercise.

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