WHEN pensioner Margaret Eves took a tumble she didn’t have to look far for a helping hand.
The 83-year-old had fallen in front of the Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (Gafirs) lifeboat station and was helped by the crew volunteers there.
Now on the mend, Mrs Eves wants to thank the kind Gafirs members who looked after her until an ambulance arrived.
She said: ‘They looked after me well and I’m so thankful.
‘I’d been out with a friend watching the swimmers going in the sea.
‘When we started walking back we walked across the grass and then I fell flat on my face. I remember putting my hands out and then turning over to see lots of people standing over me asking if I was alright.
‘The next thing I was on my way to Gafirs and they were looking after me.
‘I would have been lost without them.
‘They kept talking to me and that reassured me.’
Mrs Eves, of Church Road, Gosport, was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham to make sure she had not suffered any serious damage.
‘I can’t fault the people at QA either,’ she added. ‘They were great.
‘Everyone was so helpful and I’m grateful for that.’
Mrs Eves’ fall happened on New Year’s Day after the lifeboat station’s annual charity swimming event.
Her daughter, 59-year-old Linda Maunder, of Bury Crescent in Gosport, said: ‘I wasn’t with her when she fell but it was busy and wet and I think she tripped.
‘There were a few people around and they checked she was alright.
‘Everyone was good, the general public as well.
‘She stayed at my house for a few days but now she’s back at home and is feeling much better.’
Gafirs coxswain Mike Allen said: ‘We’re there to help the community and are always glad to do so.
‘People don’t need to be afloat to need our help.
‘We found out that Margaret had taken a tumble and luckily we had two paramedics there on the day, Ian Sweet and Richard Brady, who are both members of Gafirs.
‘They went out to see how Margaret was and they brought her back to the boathouse to treat her.’
A record number of 297 swimmers turned up to brave the icy cold waters of the Solent at the lifeboat station’s annual swim.