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Albanian tourist on airbed rescued twice in one weekend
16/Jun/2015
Rescuers help man who had drifted off Folkestone Warren on airbed - then realise he is same person blown onto rocks just day before



An Albanian national on holiday in Britain had to be rescued two days running after drifting out to sea - on an airbed.



Rescuers were called out at around 3pm on Sunday to help the man who had drifted "some distance" off Folkestone Warren, Kent.

The man was carried out to sea by the tide and was having difficulty padding back to the shore.

They soon realised it was the same person who had been blown onto rocks on an airbed the day before.



It was originally believed that the man was an illegal immigrant, but the Home Office has since confirmed that he is an Albanian national on holiday in the UK.

A Folkestone Rescue spokesman said: "Our assistance was requested by Dover Coastguard who were concerned about a person adrift on a small inflatable craft some distance off Folkestone Warren.



"Rescue 1 was launched immediately to recover and assist the person, and we were informed that Dover RNLI and Kent Police were on their way.

"On Rescue 1's arrival, it was discovered that the person was actually the same individual with an inflatable mattress who had been blown onto rocks the previous day."
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