A man has sadly died from his injuries after being swept off Ramsgate’s East Pier this morning (April 30).
Ramsgate RNLI was called to a report of three people being washed off of the pier. A fourth man was also rescued.
The crew were called out after receiving the report from fishing vessel Columbus.
Paramedics and two air ambulance crews joined the Coastguard, RNLI and police at the scene at 10.30am.
South East Coast Ambulance Service has now confirmed two men have been taken to Kings College Hospital in London but a third lost his life.
A Secamb spokesman said: “Ambulance crews attended the scene and were joined at the scene by the air ambulance service. Two of the men were treated at the scene before being taken to Kings College Hospital and QEQM hospital in Margate.
“A third man was rescued but was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.”
A Ramsgate RNLI spokesman said: “Both lifeboats launched to a report of three persons washed off the harbour wall, under port control.
“The inflatable life boat arrived on scene and found two persons in the water whom they managed to get aboard and brought back to the Lifeboat Station into the care of the awaiting paramedics.
“The ILB then went back to the scene to get the third person who was on the harbour wall with injuries. The ILB laid alongside the wind farm support vessel Amethyst which was assisting with the incident and used the vessel to get up onto the harbour wall.
“The casualty was then placed in an RNLI stretcher and transferred to the Amethyst who then brought him to the Lifeboat Station, where he was handed over to the paramedics.
“The ILB and Amethyst returned to the scene as a fourth person was spotted, sheltering from the weather and was transferred to the Amethyst, then to the ILB. He was then brought back to the Lifeboat Station to warm up.”
The operation involved ambulance crews, 2 air ambulances, 1 Coastguard Helicopter and several police.