Man in his underwear taken to hospital after betting he could swim across Mudeford Quay
A man in his underwear was taken to Bournemouth Hospital after being swept out to sea at Mudeford.
A 20-year-old man was rescued by RNLI crews from Mudeford Lifeboat Station after betting his friends he could swim across the Mudeford Run - only to be swept out to sea.
Portland Coastguard requested RNLI crews to rescue the man at around 3:30pm yesterday.
An RNLI spokesperson said: "He was rescued approximately 200yds off the water's edge and had been in the water for 15 minutes.
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"An ambulance crew took the man to The Royal Bournemouth Hospital as he had swallowed a lot of sea water and was extremely cold."
The man had stripped down to his underwear, but was swept out to sea by the very strong current at low tide.
Three RNLI crew members ran across Mudeford Quay to where the man had last been seen.
They maintained visual contact with him until other crew members managed to get him on board the Mudeford Servant lifeboat.