Calshot RNLI volunteers respond to person in water

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteers from Calshot RNLI launched to a report of a person seen entering the River Itchen

RNLI/Joanne Pearson

Launch of Max Walls - (library picture)
Both the D class lifeboat, Willett, and the B class lifeboat, Max Walls, were launched at 1.49am on Sunday 22 January at the request of the UK Coastguard.

The man was spotted by a tug from Itchen Marine Towage who aided the RNLI volunteers by using their large search lights to illuminate the area.

The man had entered the water wearing only a t-shirt and trousers and had become stuck on piles sticking out from a wall near to some pontoons along the River Itchen.

Two RNLI volunteers entered the water and the man had to be cut from his trousers to enable him to be freed. He was then handed over to South Central Ambulance and Hampshire Constabulary for checking over and questioning.

Andy Headley, Calshot RNLI Helm, said: 'There is a clear message here that people must learn to respect the water. With the very low air temperatures, freezing cold water and the fact that the man was stuck below the tide level, this could easily have had a more devastating outcome had he not been rescued when he was.'

Both lifeboats were then released and returned to station.

RNLI edia contacts

  • RNLI Calshot Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officers Joanne Pearson 07780 457731, and Peter Lewis 07745 949684,
  • Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London /South East/East), 0207 6207426 / 07785/296252

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