Teenagers plucked to safety in sea rescue off Portsmouth

Portsmouth and Southsea Voluntary Lifeguards work with the RNLI during a trainee induction
Portsmouth and Southsea Voluntary Lifeguards work with the RNLI during a trainee induction

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TWO teenagers were plucked to safety in a dramatic rescue after their boat capsized.

The 18-year-old men had left Eastney Cruising Association when the boat flipped over about 500m offshore at Eastney.

Worried members of the public on the beach called 999 after spotting the upturned boat and the two men in the water.

The coastguard was called at about 3.15pm yesterday and scrambled a helicopter and two lifeboats from Portsmouth and Southsea Voluntary Lifeguards.

The two men had started to swim back to shore, but the skipper was tired and struggling.

The pair, from Portsmouth, were plucked from the water and taken back to shore. They did not need hospital treatment, but were both very shaken.

It is thought the fishing boat hit a wave and flipped over.

Greg Hughes, lifeguard operations manager, said: ‘They were both very thankful.

‘They were really pleased to see us and the helicopter.’

The capsized boat, a 12ft Shetland, was recovered by Hayling Rescue with help from the lifeguard service and Portsmouth RNLI Lifeboat which pumped the water out of the vessel.