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Teenager pulled unconscious from the sea after party

Photo: Watchet Coastguard

Emergency services have issued a safety warning after a teenager was pulled unconscious from the sea in the early hours of this morning - near Hinkley Point.

She'd been with others having a party on the beach.

Watchet coastguard and an ambulance crew were called to the scene just after 2am.

The girl was taken to hospital and police also attended the incident.

A spokesperson for Watchet Coastguard said: "This morning at 0215 our team were tasked from their homes to undertake a search and rescue to an incident where it was reported a female had been pulled unconscious from the water onto the beach to the west of Hinkley Point Power Station .

"Using the what3words system the first informant was able to provide an exact location for the area of beach and coast where they were, allowing us to proceed direct to the scene, accessed via fields and coastal tracks to the isolated location that our Coastguards know well from their local patrols.

"On scene in company with South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust we proceeded using our 4x4 vehicle down onto the beach, with our vehicle then returning to collect the 2 x ambulance crews and convey them from the nearest access point in the fields.

"Locating the unconscious female on the beach towards the water line, she was accompanied by some of her friends who were able to brief our casualty caters with the circumstances leading to her situation.

"Immediate care was performed whilst also abiding by the current COVD guidance with our Coastguards wearing additional PPE.

"With the arrival on the beach of the paramedics they stabilised the female and requested our team to use our cliff rescue stretcher to immobilise and convey the female back to the safety of the shore and to a land ambulance.

"Once inside the back of the ambulance our team stood by to ensure the ambulance and crews could get back out onto the nearest road when we were stood down and returned to station.

"Safety advice was given to the remaining young adults who were encamped out at this location and had been having a party. Local police had already been despatched to attend and deal with the party goers.

"We would remind anyone tempted to swim in the sea especially at night not to do so, particularly where intoxicating liquor or illegal substances are involved.

"Please only visit lifeguarded beaches and with the current COVID guidance don’t overcrowd and keep your distances.

"The team arrived back on station and began to to clean up the rescue equipment as the sun began to rise, just 2 hours before many of the team were due to get up and head to their full time work.

"In a coastal emergency remember to dial 999 and ask for the coastguard."

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