Selsey lifeboats launched to save person in the water at Bognor Regis

Royal National Life Boat Institution (RNLI) lifeboats from Selsey were launched to save a person in the water at Bognor Regis.

Friday, 30th April 2021, 11:43 am
Updated Friday, 30th April 2021, 1:05 pm
Lifeboats were launched from Selsey yesterday morning to save a man in the sea. Photo, taken by Max Gillian is not from this incident.

The UK Coastguards requested the launch after receiving reports of a person in the water at Bognor Regis in the early hours of yesterday morning (Thursday, April 29).

The D Class Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) launched first at 3:07am, followed by the all-weather Shannon class lifeboat.

The ILB arrived on the scene at 3:20 and started a search along the shoreline. Coastguard units from Selsey and Littlehampton, Sussex Police and SECAmb were also on the scene.

Units on the shore reported hearing shouting, so the helmsman of the ILB fired two illuminating flares and turned the engine off while the life boat crew shouted. They heard a faint response and headed towards it, eventually spotting the person in the water.

The ILB crew recovered the person at 3:29am and took him straight to the shore, where paramedics were waiting.

With the casualty in safe hands, all crews were stood down at 3:45am and arrived back at Selsey at 4:00am.

The crews involved were: ALB Coxswain Colin Pullenger, mechanic Phil Pitham, Will Moir, Andy Lee, Max Wiseman and Neil Hopcraft.

ILB Helmsman Harry Emmence, James Albrey and Sam Corcoran -Smith.