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Pregnant woman airlifted to hospital after being spotted standing on upturned boat

A member of the public called 999 after seeing two people perched on the craft, far out to sea.

Updated at 1.22pm

A WOMAN WHO is 37 weeks pregnant was airlifted to hospital during a rescue by the RNLI over the weekend.

A member of the public called 999 after spotting two people standing on an upturned boat, 1.6 miles from the lifeboat station.

Dover Coastguard in Kent, England tasked Dungeness lifeboat to the incident.

Two casualties on upturned trimaran Source: RNLI via Twitter

Both casualties managed to scramble onto the lifeboat with the help of a professionally trained crew.

They were both very wet and cold and were airlifted to the local hospital from Dungeness.

Coxswain Stuart Adams was in command of the RNLI vessel, he said, “These two persons were very lucky people. They did all the right things, wearing lifejackets and staying with their vessel.

“Our quick response after a member of the public rang 999 in the new fast RNLI Shannon, halved the time it would have taken to be on scene and I definitely know that two lives were saved here today.”

First posted at 1.04pm.

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