Indian Tourists airlifted from W Wittering beach.

Boats launched : Atlantic 85 and D-Class

Date : Sunday 21 July

As the tide came in at W Wittering on Sunday 21 July, amongst the many swimmers cooling off in the water, were a number of Indian Tourists and some were caught up in the current sweeping round into Chichester Harbour. The Coastguard put out an all vessels help call and paged the Hayling Island RNLI Lifeboat Station to launch both lifeboats immediately and go to the many potential casualties.

The incident occurred just at the time the Wittering Estate Lifeguards were going off shift but luckily they saw two of the group in distress and went to their aid. They brought the two men ashore and gave them immediate medical assistance so that they were breathing although still unconscious. The D-Class lifeboat arrived as this was happening and assisted by a visitor’s jet-ski began to clear the area of swimmers to enable the helicopter to land. The two men were airlifted to QA Hospital still unconscious. A third casualty although conscious and breathing had been in some distress and was taken by road ambulance to St Richards Hospital to enable the staff to keep them under observation overnight.

The Atlantic 85 lifeboat kept station to prevent entry into the cleared area and was assisted by Frank Dunster of Hayling Rescue. They both made certain that there were no others in distress in the water. The area where the swimmers got into difficulty is where a man died last year in saving a young child and it is very dangerous at the point at which the tide rushes in and goes round the corner into Chichester Harbour. It was very lucky for the three visitors that the Wittering Estate Lifeguards were still at the beach.


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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