RNLI rescue man cut off by rising tide in Portsmouth

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Lifeboatmen rescued a man as the tide rose around him on a small island off Portsmouth early today.

The man is understood to have been fishing on an island exposed at low tide at Farlington Marshes when he became marooned.

He called for help and the RNLI Portsmouth lifeboat was launched about 30 minutes after midnight.

It is believed that when they reached him the water was already up to his shins as the sea engulfed the island.

The RNLI said on its Facebook page: ‘00:28am It’s wet and windy out here and Portsmouth Lifeboat has launched on service to reports of a man cut off by the raising tide!’

Around an hour later, the RNLI reported: ‘Casualty recovered and the boat is back on station being washed down and refuelled.

‘Apart from being wet and highly embarrassed the casualty is safe and well being warmed in the crew room.’