Two young swimmers lucky to be alive after water rescue
TWO YOUNG swimmers are lucky to be alive according to a lifeboat crew who rescued them from the water at Bovisand bay.
The volunteer crews of both of the RNLI’s lifeboats were called out at 9pm on Monday night after reports that two swimmers had gone missing.
A spokesman for the RNLI explained: “Although the all-weather lifeboat Sybil Mullen Glover and the inshore lifeboat Millennium Forester had prepared themselves for an extensive search in the dark, the two casualties believed to be in their twenties, were located and taken to shore within a short space of time.”
The two young men were taken to Bovisand shore where an ambulance was waiting.
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But things took a turn for the worse when one of the men started showing signs of hypothermia.
The RNLI spokesman continued: “With the Bovisand area being difficult to access by road and the RNLI Plymouth lifeboat having its own medic on board, it was decided to then transfer the casualty to the lifeboat.
“Following a fast run back to Millbay marina the casualty was then taken under the care of the ambulance service.”
Plymouth RNLI lifeboat Coxswain David Milford added: “The two men were very lucky to have been found so quickly. “Anymore time spent in the water and the outcome of the situation could have been very different.
“They are both lucky to be alive.”