Selsey Lifeboat Station - Launches

6th August 2018

Selsey RNLI Inshore Lifeboat Goes to the Aid of Father and Son in the Water

UK Coastguard received an emergency call from a paddle boarder reporting that he had come across a man and his five-year-old son in the water approximately half a mile off shore and a mile east of Pagham Yacht Club.

The Selsey 'D' class inshore Lifeboat (ILB) launched at 12.32 p.m. on Monday 6th August and made best speed to Pagham arriving on scene at 12.39 p.m. The volunteer crew quickly spotted the paddle boarder who had been joined by a kayak and they had managed to get the boy out of the water. Apparently the vessel they were on sank and only the five-year-old had a buoyancy aid.

The ILB came alongside the paddle boarder and recovered both the boy and his father into the ILB. Both were given casualty care including oxygen. The father was exhausted and both of them were suffering from hypothermia and had possibly consumed sea water so an ambulance was requested to meet the ILB at the Pagham yacht club.

The ILB landed the casualties on the beach at 12.56 p.m. and were met by the Selsey Coastguard team and SECambulance. Both were taken to hospital for further checks. Lifejackets and buoyancy aids should always be worn when going afloat. The ILB was released at 1.15 p.m. and returned to station 1.30 p.m.

CREW: Rob Archibald (Helmsman), Colin Pullenger and Max Wiseman.