Tragic end to a long search in vain

Boats Launched : Atlantic 85 and D-Boat

Dates : 2, 3 and 4 September

Boats launched at : 18.30 (2 Sept), 05:00 (3 Sept) and 16:30 (4 Sept)

Returned at : 22:00, 08:00 and 17:25

Weather : Fine and sunny with varying light winds over the 3 days

A young Asian man, together with two friends were enjoying the fine weather on 2 September and went into the sea at W Wittering, but sadly one of them, suspected of being a non-swimmer, went missing and the Hayling Island RNLI Lifeboats were called out to search for him. The crew searched over a wide area for over 3 hours on Monday night, and the Coastguard Helicopter was also called out. The crews re-assembled on Tuesday morning at first light and continued the search which by now had covered the shore from Hayling to Selsey and within Chichester Harbour from East Head up the Itchenor Reach, but sadly no-one was found.

Tragically a body was discovered on Wednesday 4  September, by a kayaker. The body was on the sandbanks at the West end of the W Wittering beach and the Hayling D-Class Lifeboat was launched to assist and to bring the casualty ashore where he was handed over to the Hampshire Police.


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 Monday, 21 September 2020
High Tide: 02:31 ( 5.00m )
Low Tide: 08:02 ( 0.50m )
High Tide: 15:01 ( 5.00m )
Low Tide: 20:23 ( 0.70m )
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