Lifeboat, coastguard and helicopter work together to save man in rescue mission near Hilsea Lines

A MULTI-AGENCY rescue mission saved the life of a man in the water near the Hilsea Lines earlier today.

Sunday, 11th April 2021, 9:26 am
Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service crew on a previous rescue.

The quick actions of the rescue teams meant that the person, who was in the water next to the M275, was pulled out and taken to an ambulance.

James Baggott, the duty coxswain of Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service, said: ‘We were paged this morning at 10.15 with reports of a person in the water near North Harbour.

‘The person was up to their waist in water and the tide was rising.

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‘Coastguard rescue was launched, and they guided us onto his location.

‘Hillhead coastguard and Portsmouth coastguard were also in attendance.

‘We went up to the casualty and pulled him onto the lifeboat.

‘He was incredibly cold and hypothermic, and we handed him over to the ambulance.

‘He was a lucky chap - the water is very cold and the tide was on the rise.

‘It was a multi-agency response and we’re glad we got to him so quickly.’

The coastguard rescue 175 helicopter also attended.

James added: ‘As always, I’m very pleased to be able to work with professionals who help save lives.

‘We worked together quickly so that the man’s life was saved. It was a credit to everyone.’

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