Selsey Lifeboat Station - Launches

26th June 2020

Selsey RNLI Inshore Lifeboat Assist Coastguard with Medical Emergency

Boy with trapped leg Boy with trapped leg
Boy with trapped leg Boy with trapped leg

The UK Coastguard had received an emergency call reporting that a 12-year-old boy had his leg trapped in the rock armour on the west side of Selsey.

With the tide still rising the inshore Lifeboat was requested to assist the Selsey Coastguard rescue team. The Lifeboat launched at 2.00 p.m. on Friday 26th June and made best speed to the rock armours. Just before the Coastguards arrived on scene the boy managed to free his leg and get higher up on the rocks away from the breaking waves. The weather on scene was wind south west force 4-5, sea state moderate in sunshine.

The Coastguards decided to use their basket stretcher to get the boy off the rocks on to the beach where casualty care could be administed. The inshore lifeboat was beached and the crew went up on to the rocks to assist with moving the stretcher.

When the boy was on the beach casualty care was given before an ambulance arrived to check the boy over. Once the SECAmb Ambulance crew had checked him over the boy was able to go home and all assets were stood down. The inshore Lifeboat returned to station at 2.58 p.m. and was recovered, washed down and made ready for service.

CREW: James Albrey (Helmsman), Max Wiseman and Dan Langford.

The two friends of the trapped boy did exactly the right thing by calling 999 and asking for the Coastguard, so well done to them.