A young woman who went swimming in the cold North Sea was discovered semiconscious on Chapel St Leonards beach in the early hours of this morning.
The 23-year-old had been drinking with friends near the Gold Palm Resort when she stripped off her clothes and ran into the sea, where she disappeared for almost 20 minutes.
Chapel St Leoanards Coastguard, the Skegness RNLI and a search and recuse helicopter from RAF Leconfield were alerted after her friends called 999.
“This young woman has been very lucky today,” said watch manger Mike Puplett.
“The water temperature is only seven degrees Celsius and this lady had been drinking.
“It is clear that drinking alcohol and going into the sea is a recipe for disaster.
“The message is simple and clear - don’t do it.”
Her two male friends had lost sight of the young woman and could not find her after 20 minutes of searching.
A tractor driver working on the beach witnessed the event unfolding and assisted the two men who were by now both very cold and distressed.
The driver gave a running commentary to emergency services and prevented her friends from returning to the water.
Moments later, the 23-year-old was found on the beach, semiconscious, breathing but very cold.
The Coastguard and RNLI provided first aid before ambulance crews took her to Boston Pilgrim Hospital where she is believed to have made a full recovery.
“She was out of the water, lain on the sand and on the edge of not breathing,” said the RNLI coxswain Ray Chapman.
“The crews administered oxygen and took her up the beach until the ambulance arrived,”