A SWIMMER was rescued after getting into difficulty while swimming in the sea off Gosport this morning.
The ‘confused’ male was plucked from the sea at Stokes Bay by lifeboat crews at around 10.30am and safely brought ashore.
Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service, joined by Hampshire Police’s Marine Unit, led the operation.
Members of Stokes Bay Sailing Club also tried reaching the man in a dinghy.
A passer-by told The News he saw him in the water struggling and shouting for help.
He said: ‘He was quite a way out, and if it had been August you might have been tempted to swim out yourself to him, but the water was incredibly cold.
‘You could hear him shouting, but not what he was saying.
‘I was stood next to a group of police who were with a lady who was really in distress.’
Hants Marine Unit tweeted shortly after the incident: ‘Assisted GAFIRS rescue a confused male swimming off Stokes Bay. Safely delivered ashore.’