Girl swept out to sea off Kent coast as Brits take to beach on UK’s hottest day
A young girl is in a serious condition after being swept out to sea off the Kent coast on the hottest day of the year.
The girl – who is believed to be 11 or 12 years old according to local reports – had been swimming off Marine Parade in Sheerness as temperatures soared to 34C.
Kent Police confirmed a child had been pulled from the sea just off the Isle of Sheppey at 1.27pm.
Pictures from the scene show paramedics rushing a patient across the sand towards a waiting Air Ambulance.
A woman can be seen following behind the emergency crew as beachgoers watch on in shock along Minster Shingle Bank, at Minster On Sea.
A spokesman said: "Officers attended the scene together with crews from the South East Coast Ambulance Service and the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance.
"The injured child is now being taken to a London Hospital for treatment."
Coastguards and paramedics also attended the scene to treat the girl before she was rushed to Kings Hospital in an air ambulance.
Thousands of Brits headed to the beach today on what was Britain’s hottest day of the year so far.
A spokesman for the ambulance service said: “A girl was airlifted to King’s College hospital, London in a serious condition.”
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