Selsey Lifeboat Station - Launches

6th January 2021

Selsey RNLI Inshore Lifeboat Rescues Man Cut Off by the Tide

Man cut off by tide Man cut off by tide
Man cut off by tide Man cut off by tide

The lifeboat launched at 3.18 p.m. on Wednesday 6th January after the UK Coastguard had a report of a person cut off by the tide in the Medmerry Nature Reserve

After launching, with a crew of three volunteers, the inshore Lifeboat (ILB) made best speed to the entrance to the Reserve. The Selsey and Littlehampton Coastguard Rescue Teams (CRT) were also tasked to this incident. The ILB arrived on scene at 3.26 p.m. shortly after Selsey CRT who already had a view of the casualty. The weather on scene was wind northerly force 2-3, sea state smooth in overcast sky.

The ILB entered the Reserve and quickly found the casualty on an island. The man had stripped off to his underwear in an attempt to cross the rising water but after entering the water decided to call the Coastguards who advised him to return to his dry clothes, put them on and wait for rescue. He had been walking from Selsey to Wittering without realising that the tide was coming in.

The man was recovered to the ILB and declared himself fit and well. After leaving the Nature Reserve the ILB rendezvoused with Selsey CRT at the beach close to the western rock armour at Bunn Leisure to drop off the man. The ILB was released by the UK Coastguards at 3.40 p.m. and returned to station at 3.50 p.m. to be recovered, washed down and refuelled.

CREW: Harry Emmence (Helmsman), Andy Lee and Max Wiseman.