Horror as 2 children swept out to sea as panicked onlookers make desperate calls for help

Two children and an adult were dragged out to see off the coast of Dymchurch, Kent. The children have been taken to separate hospitals and the adult was able to return to shore

Two children have been rescued after they were swept out to sea off the Kent coast this afternoon.

The coastguard were called to an incident in Dymchurch at shortly after 3pm today.

A helicopter was spotted hovering above the water at the beach and footage from the scene shows a member of the coastguard rescue team being lowered into the sea on a winch.

The children, aged nine and 12, were seen being plucked from the water.

A search and rescue helicopter from Lydd, the Dungeness Coastguard Rescue Team and Littlestone RNLI lifeboat were at the scene, Kent Live reports.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has confirmed two children and one adult were swept out to sea.

Two children have been taken to hospital, a spokesman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency confirmed.

He said: “At just after 3pm this afternoon, HM Coastguard received multiple 999 calls about three people, two children and one adult, in difficulty in the water off Dymchurch, Kent.

We sent the HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Lydd, Dungeness Coastguard Rescue Team and Littlestone RNLI lifeboat.

 

Kent Police and South East Ambulance also attended and a local vessel assisted.

“The helicopter took one child to Ashford hospital and the other child was taken to hospital by South East Ambulance Service.

“The adult was able to self-recover back to shore.”