Windsurfer rescued in cold conditions.

Boat Launched : Atlantic 85

Date : Sunday 7 December

Launched at : 14:15

Returned at : 14:45

Weather : Cold with a strong gusting F6 NW wind

The Coastguard requested we launch to go to assist a windsurfer in trouble off Hayling Seafront. The Atlantic 85 was on scene in 4 minutes and found a 63 year local windsurfer who had been caught out by changing weather, with a NW wind getting up to force 6. He had done all the right things and was well equipped but got tired and cold and was not making it back against the wind. We took him on board, wrapped him in blankets and a survival bag and quickly got back to the station. After a period warming up and recovering he was declared fit by RNLI crew and ambulance personnel and so his wife took him home. He said later ‘I am thoroughly grateful to you guys for rescuing me. I seemed to have been in the water for ages.’ We too are very glad he was OK as with a sea temperature of 7.5 degrees C you must not stay in tehwe ater for too long.


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 Friday, 23 October 2020
High Tide: 04:59 ( 4.30m )
Low Tide: 10:06 ( 1.70m )
High Tide: 17:18 ( 4.10m )
Low Tide: 22:48 ( 1.70m )
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