WIGHTLINK CREW AND PASSENGERS HELP RESCUE BOY SWISSED AT SEA – Island Echo
The crew and passengers on board Wightlink’s Victoria of Wight played their part in the successful rescue of a teenager who was swept away at sea in Portsmouth on Monday night.
At around 6.45pm, the Queen’s Harbor Master issued an urgent alert to ships near Portsmouth Harbor amid reports that a boy was in trouble nearby.
Within moments, crew and passengers traveling on Wightlink’s Fishbourne-Portsmouth route heard the teenager’s cries for help as they approached Portsmouth Gunwharf ferry terminal. Without hesitation, Captain Dave Booker sounded the ship’s horn to alert others to the sighting.
Fortunately, the youngster was successfully rescued from the sea by a fishing boat before being transferred to a police speedboat. He was later checked by paramedics from the South Central Ambulance Service.
Swift actions by those on board the 6pm departure from Fishbourne, along with fishermen and police, meant the boy was in safe hands ahead of the launch of local lifeboats. The Solent Coastguard received more than 20 999 calls regarding the incident.
If you or someone else is in trouble on the coast or at sea, or if you spot what you think is unexploded ordnance, call 999 and ask for the Coast Guard. Further safety information can be found at https://coastguardsafety.campaign.gov.uk/.
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