Wattisham crew in heart attack drama

A SEARCH and rescue helicopter from Wattisham was called to Kent after a man suffered a heart attack while half-a-mile off shore in mud.

A SEARCH and rescue helicopter from Wattisham was called to Kent after a man suffered a heart attack while half-a-mile off shore in mud.

The incident happened at about 4.30pm yesterday in Margate when the man was out with his 12-year-old son.

An ambulance crew and coastguard teams attended the scene and called in the RAF rescue helicopter from Wattisham which was airborne on a training exercise at the time.

The rescue helicopter lifted a police officer to where the man and son were on the mud.

They then lifted all the people from the scene and took them all to the helicopter landing site at the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital at Margate.

The man had suffered a fatal heart attack and his son alerted the emergency services by dialling 999 and getting through to the ambulance service.

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