EMERGENCY services launched a rescue operation after a woman waded out into the sea.
A RNLI Portsmouth crew was called out after the person was found 200m off Southsea seafront at 11.27pm last night.
A lifeboat arrived on scene near Southsea War Memorial within minutes and after sighting the struggling female, immediately went and plucked her out.
The team illuminated the area with torches and flares, after their assistance was initially rejected by the woman.
She was rushed to a waiting ambulance after showing early signs of hypothermia.
Once she was in safe hands, the lifeboat stood down and return to its station.