VIDEO: Selsey lifeboat rescues trapped boy from Medmerry

Selsey RNLI rescue the boy from the beach at Medmerry
Selsey RNLI rescue the boy from the beach at Medmerry

A BOY was rescued from the rising tide by Selsey lifeboat crews last week.

The youth was trapped at the Medmerry Nature Reserve and the coastguard ordered both the in-shore and all-weather lifeboats to the scene last Thursday (August 6).

“The in-shore life boat was able to get close the entrance and spotted the boy inside the inlet on the western side,” said Max Gilligan from the Selsey lifeboat.

“The helmsman decided to enter the reserve to evacuate the boy as there was a risk he would try to swim across. With the tide ebbing there was a considerable amount of water rushing back out to the sea estimated at five-to-six knots.”

After being called at 7.24pm, the boy was recovered at 7.42pm by the in-shore lifeboat and because of the tide the helsman headed back out to open water.

Both lifeboats returned to the station at 8pm and were rehoused immediately.

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