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Selsey inshore lifeboat crew save the life of youth struggling in the sea.

Lifeboats News Release

The Selsey RNLI inshore lifeboat was requested to launch after the UK Coastguard had received an emergency phone call saying a youth was clinging to the breakwater marker pole.

A second youth was in the water swimming out to help the first youth. At the time the tide was flowing westerly at approximately 4 knots.

The D class inshore lifeboat (ILB) Betty and Thomas Moore was launched at 4.46pm on Thursday 19 July and made best speed to the location close to the East beach launching ramp. At 4.48pm the ILB arrived on scene and the Volunteer crewmen saw the second youth struggling in the tide and disappear under the surface; they quickly made towards him and with only half his arm showing were able to grab him and bring him into the ILB. While casualty care was being administered to this casualty the other youth was recovered to the safety of the ILB.

The ILB made best speed back to lifeboat station where an ambulance had been requested to attend by the ILB crew. Both casualties were landed at the boathouse at 5.00pm where casualty care continued until the arrival of the SECAmbulance.

The crew aboard the ILB today were Helmsman Rob Archibald, James Albrey and Jake Harnett (trainee)

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