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THREE jet-skiers were rescued following a joint air and sea search after becoming trapped on a mudbank.

Lifeboats, a coastguard rescue team and a police helicopter were called out after the three on two jet skis had failed to return to Poole Harbour, Dorset, on time.

The 17-year-old, who had suffered an asthma attack, was found by the police helicopter after a 90-minute search.

He was transferred to a lifeboat and taken to the shore.

The woman and 14-year-old were located moments later on the second jet-ski by a second lifeboat crew. A coastguard spokesman said they had all become trapped in the mud after attempting to go for help.

A coastguard rescue helicopter then airlifted all three to a waiting ambulance and taken to hospital.

Derek Bacon, from the Portland Coastguard , said the incident showed how important it was to leave details ashore before going on a journey.

"These people did, so we located them before anything serious occurred."
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Author:Harper, James
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 6, 2000
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