Mother and son found clinging to board in Langstone Harbour

A mother and son were rescued yesterday afternoon from Langstone Harbour, Hayling Island after they were found clinging to a body board that had drifted for over a mile.

Solent Coastguard received a ‘999’ call from a member of the public who had heard cries for help. The Coastguard scrambled a Coastguard Rescue helicopter to the scene and requested the launch of the Portsmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat as well as sending two Coastguard Rescue Officers from Hayling Island.

Steven Mann, Solent Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre, said: “We understand the son got caught by the tide on his body board and his mother went to his assistance, she unfortunately also got caught by the tide, resulting in both mother and son clinging to the body board and drifting out of the harbour. They are very fortunate that a member of public rang ‘999’ and asked for the Coastguard. The lifeboat on scene was able to rescue the two casualties from the water. Both mother and son were cold but safe and well and did not require any medical assistance.

We would advise coastal users to endeavour to check tides and weather before taking to the water; and if you ever see anyone in danger on the water to call ‘999’ and ask for the Coastguard.”