Woman rescued in sea drama

RESCUE The coastguard helicopter over the lifeboat
RESCUE The coastguard helicopter over the lifeboat
A police car parked outside Catherine House in Stanhope Road, Portsmouth, earlier tonight. Picture: Byron Melton

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A WOMAN was pulled out of the Solent after she experienced difficulties while swimming.

The woman, believed to be in her 40s, was swimming at Langstone Harbour around 11am when she was pulled into the path of an oncoming dredger by the sea’s current.

She was spotted by the crew of a passing fishing boat, the Solent Star – which happened to be carrying two volunteer RNLI crew members.

They pulled the woman out of the water and onto the ship where they started to give her first aid treatment.

RNLI Portsmouth Lifeboat Station launched Atlantic 85 Norma T at 11.30am to assist.

Helmsman John Shaw brought the lifeboat alongside the fishing vessel and the woman was quickly transferred and rushed back to the station.

Mr Shaw said: ‘She was showing signs of hypothermia so we requested an ambulance and rushed her back to the lifeboat station.’

The lifeboat crew provided first aid treatment on the way to the beach.

A paramedic dropped down from the coastguard helicopter and treated her until ambulance crews arrived.