Close call for casualty cut off by the tide on Aldwick beach
The Selsey Coast Guard rescue team were paged to a report of a casualty cut off by the tide near the rocks at Aldwick beach earlier today.
Inshore lifeboat crews from Selsey, as well as the Littlehampton Coastguard Rescue Team were tasked with rescuing the casualty.
Fortunately, the crews were informed en route that the casualty had made it safely ashore and, though wet, needed no further assistance.
Lifeboat crews from both stations were stood down and asked to return to the station.
In light of the incident, a spokesperson for the Selsey Coastguard Rescue Team has asked members of the public to take a number of precautions when visiting the beach, in order to make their trip as safe as possible.
They said: “Always check the tide times and heights and keep a look out for the incoming tide. Use tide timetables or a tidal prediction app like AnyTide,
“Always carry a means of calling for help on your person,
“Tell someone else where you’re going and when you’ll be back.”
They also reminded members of the public that “the coast and the sea can catch you out whether you’re local or not. Our message remains: call 999 Coastguard if you’re in trouble. Please help us and our families to stay safe. Be aware of the risks and keep your distance.”