Selsey RNLI inshore lifeboat assist Coastguard with medical emergency.
The UK Coastguard had received an emergency call reporting a 12 year old boy had his leg trapped in the rock armour on the west side of Selsey.
With the tide still rising, the inshore lifeboat was requested to assist the Selsey Coastguard Rescue team. The lifeboat launched at 2.00pm on Friday 26 June and made best speed to rock armours. Just before the Coastguards arrived on scene, the boy managed to free his leg and get higher up on the rocks away from the breaking waves. The weather on scene was wind south west force 4-5, sea state moderate in sunshine.
The Coastguards decided to use their basket stretcher to get the boy off the rocks on to the beach where casualty care could be administed. The inshore lifeboat was beached and the crew went up on the rocks to assist with moving the stretcher.
When the boy reached the beach, casualty care was given before an ambulance arrived to check the boy over. The inshore lifeboat was released before the arrival of the ambulance and returned to station at 2.58pm and was recovered, washed down, and made ready for service. The crew today were Helmsman James Albrey, Max Wiseman and Dan Langford.
The two friends of the trapped boy did exactly the right thing in calling 999 and asking for the Coastguard so well done to them. The SECAMB ambulance crew checked the boy over and he was able to go home.
RNLI media contacts
For more information please telephone Max Gilligan, Selsey RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07956 415429 or Max_Gilligan@rnli.org.uk or Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer on 07785 296252 or Paul_Dunt@rnli.org.uk or contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.