Emergency services aid woman who was taken ill on Lowestoft beach

The RNLI lifeguard base at Lowestoft beach. Picture: MICK HOWES

The RNLI lifeguard base at Lowestoft beach. Picture: MICK HOWES - Credit: Archant

Lifeguards rushed to the aid of a woman who was taken ill while swimming in the sea on Lowestoft's south beach.

HM Coastguard rescue officers from Lowestoft and Southwold on Lowestoft's south beach. Pictures: HM

HM Coastguard rescue officers from Lowestoft and Southwold on Lowestoft's south beach. Pictures: HM COASTGUARD - Credit: Archant

The RNLI Lowestoft Lifeguards and the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust were assisted by the Lowestoft and Southwold coastguard rescue teams after the woman was taken ill in the sea while swimming with her family.

They were called to Lowestoft's south beach at 3.25pm yesterday (Saturday) and a spokesman for the RNLI Lifeguards said: 'A poorly lady was in sudden need of assistance on a rainy Lowestoft beach.

'Thankfully the incident took place between the red and yellow flags, so our lifeguards were on hand to respond swiftly in assisting the lady out of the water and carry out first aid treatment.

'The East of England Ambulance Service and coastguard rescue officers were on scene quickly to support, and the lady was taken to hospital.'

With six coastguard rescue officers from the HM Lowestoft and Southwold coastguard teams assisting, this was their 64th call out of the year – which is already 11 incidents up on the whole of last year's total.

A spokesman for the coastguards said: 'We were called to assist the East of England Ambulance Service and the RNLI Lifeguards to aid a lady who was taken ill in the water whilst swimming with her family.

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'First aid was given to the woman on the beach and assistance was given to get her off the beach and into the ambulance. She was then transferred to James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston for treatment.'

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