Young children missing at Wittering

Boat launched : Atlantic 85 and then D-Class

Date: Sunday 9 September

Launched at : 11:16 and diverted at 11:28

Returned to training at : 11:55

Weather : Fine with a SSE Force 3 wind

The Atlantic 85 was on a training exercise and was diverted by a request from Solent Coastguards to search for a 3 yr old girl who had gone missing on Wittering Beach. She had last been seen near the waters edge. The water was quite shallow however and so the helmsman of the Atlantic 85 asked that we launch the D-Class which could work further inshore.

The Selsey Coastguard joined the search and the Chichester Harbour Patrol was asked to ferry the Hayling Coastguard Response team from Hayling to the Wittering Beach. With all these folk involved the girl was quickly found having wandered off to another area of the beach.  As the teams were about to stand down another report of a missing child was received, this time a 7 yr old boy who had been at the waters edge with a body board. He however was found within a short time by one of the Wittering Lifeguards.

Both boats then returned, the Atlantic to its training excercise and the D-Class to the station.


Service Numbers 2019

Total Launches: 84
Atlantic 85: 42
D-Class: 42

Services Totals

2015 - 67
2014 -77
2013 - 86
2012 - 77

Tide Times
Tide Times & Heights for Chichester Harbour (Entrance) on Sunday, 27 September 2020
Low Tide: 01:59 ( 1.80m )
High Tide: 09:35 ( 3.90m )
Low Tide: 14:29 ( 1.80m )
High Tide: 22:06 ( 3.90m )
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