Ramsgate RNLI crew attend to child showing signs of hypothermia at Broadstairs

Ramsgate RNLI at Broadstairs Photo Carole Adams

The crew of inshore lifeboat Claire and David Delves carried out casualty care on a young child in Broadstairs who was showing signs of hypothermia today (January 1).

The crew had been providing support for the New Year’s Day swim off Ramsgate main sands and then carried out an exercise off Broadstairs when it was called to the beach at Viking Bay to help with the child who had been in the water.

A Ramsgate RNLI spokesperson said: “Two of the volunteer crew from the ILB went ashore and carried out casualty care and assessed the condition of the child. They remained with the youngster until a mobile Coastguard unit arrived on scene.

“Once HM Coastguard unit arrived the child was placed in the lifeboat stretcher and carried to the road to await an ambulance. The child’s vital signs were improving and looking good at this point.

“The lifeboat then returned to station.”


  1. What idiot would think a childs body would be able to cope with the temperature of the sea at this time of year?

  2. Just another symptom of these attention seeking twits who jump into the sea in the middle of winter so that everyone can say how ‘brave’ they are on facebook. (Not the child, bless, sure he was encouraged to do it by someone who should be more responsible)

    • You have a good point . I sea swim all the year round have done for years , rock up ,swim – go home get on with the day . It’s definitely suddenly become a “twerp discovery activity “
      I don’t think it’s brave, yes I agree some do seem to love attention .I do think there are twits who don’t respect danger of the water , note the weather or underestimate the effects of the cold after leaving the water.

      • David – yes, agree with you. If you do it year round the body is happily acclimatised to the cold water, and it’s a good thing.

        If you do it once a year in the middle of winter straight from a centrally heated house, after drinking half a bottle of Bailey’s, then probably less so!

  3. Parents would probably be quick to blame everyone else for their own incompetence!

    There is nothing “Brave” about doing this, it’s stupid attention seeking that could’ve ended in tragedy!

  4. We live by the sea we should know the dangers of cold water shock. It obvious that a child body might not understand this but their parents should.

    I am surprised that they has been a more serious incident over the years.

    Whilst it’s great to raise money you have to consider the risks, and child entering the sea at this time of year is madness.

    Cold water shock can kill.

    How well are these events monitored ?

    • Why would such things be monitored? The responsibility for a young childs well being fall squarely with the parents/ guardians. As soon as any of that responsibility is transferred to others, then events such as this begin to fade away as organisers choose not to take on such responsibilities.
      Society’s fixation with removing blame from those who really should be responsible and instead expecting others to get involved is just another step towards an all encompassing and controlling nanny state.

  5. I blame tv and social media, for keep showing “wild swimming” .Idiots think that’s easy ,do not understand temperatures in the sea . How many people just jump in the sea in the winter, and don’t think

  6. I really do hope these people Support the R.N.L.I. but in relaity I dont believe they do, I know it’s a voluntary service, but surely, for something like this, the participants, should have insurance, which should, if they need assistance, the money from the claim goes towards the lifeboat funds.

    • Again you move in the direction of the nanny state, insurance for every dog and cat, bicycle, electric scooter, mobility scooter, insure your kids for damage they may do, etc etc etc, where would you stop ?
      Far better to fine / prosecute those that don’t act responsibly and over time return a bit of common sense and personal responsibility to world.

      • If you, or any member of your family got severely injured or incapacitated by ‘dog and cat, bicycle, electric scooter, mobility scooter” etc, etc, injury and they didn’t have insurance to compensate, or help pay for any help, a fine would be acceptable ? I suspect you would set up a “go fund me page” pleading poverty to help with the costs.

    • For such things as a new year swim, no there shouldn’t be a requirement for insurance, or do you want everyone who swims in the sea at any time to have insurance? Should the french be asking the dinghy folk for their imsurance details before waving them on their way?
      What the country wants is for people to be halfway sensible and not rely on the state at every juncture , then even if you do mandate for insurance in every activity that may prevwnt a risk what dovyou do when people don’t have it? There are estimates that 5% of cars on the road have no insurance ( which is a legal requirement) but there’s no sign that the authorities have or will ever choose to clamp down on the uninsured.

  7. I read your reply with interest. So why should the R.N.L.I. have any requirement to help, or rescue new year swimmers ?? They have family as well, but put their lives at risk to help stupid people who think, oh nothing will happen to me, but if it does the R N.L.I. will save me at no cost to me. Typical…and why bring the refugees into the question, or where they doing the ‘New Year Dip’ trying to get away from people like you.

    • My point is that i disagree with your opinion that people that take part in such events should be insured just in case they need the help of the rnli , the various examples i gave were of the times where either insurance is required and people don’t buy it and referred to would there be any enforcement against those who don’t have the insurance you suggest but don’t bother. The point about the dingy folk is that it’s going to put the average swimmers back up if they’re expected to subsidise the work of the rnli where others aren’t.
      The rnli is ( as you no doubt know) crewed by volunteers who knowingly accept the risks of the tasks they undertake and can leave their post should they decide to do so .

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