Man swims to Whale Island and approaches navy staff

A MAN has been detained by police after he swam to Whale Island and approached navy staff.

Sunday, 29th May 2016, 12:04 pm
Updated Sunday, 29th May 2016, 5:53 pm
Whale Island

It happened at 7.17pm last night when he swam from Portsea Island to Whale Isand across the harbour.

A coastguard spokeswoman said: ‘Portsmouth Lifeboat and Hampshire police were tasked to a male in the water between Whale Island and Portsea Island in Portsmouth Harbour.

‘Male detained on shore by police until the lifeboat arrived at scene.

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‘He swam across to the island, approached navy staff and they spoke to him and he got back in the water and was swimming around.’

A Hampshire police spokesman said: ‘We received a concern for welfare call at 7.15pm on Saturday, May 28 after a man was seen in the water between Portsmouth Harbour and Whale Island.

‘He came out of the water and taken voluntarily to St James’ Hospital in Portsmouth.’