A TEENAGER was taken to hospital suffering with hypothermia after falling from a jetski this weekend.
The youngster spent nearly 20 minutes in the water near Bournemouth Pier before being plucked to safety by an RNLI lifeguard.
The incident took place on Saturday afternoon, when the victim was riding on the back of a friend’s jetski and fell off.
Lifeguards stationed at Boscombe Reef were alerted by a call from the Coastguard, and lifeguard Chris Hornsby went out on his watercraft with a rescue sled.
Chris said: “When I got to him he was splashing around a lot.
“He was very weak, he could not pull himself up onto the sled and he could not talk. He had swallowed a lot of water, looked very pale and when I brought him back to shore he was warmed up by the Coastguards and taken by ambulance to hospital.”
The jetskier was wearing a wet suit when he fell off.
The water temperature was about 8C and an inshore RNLI lifeboat from Poole launched but the volunteer crew was stood down before reaching the incident