Three men rescued from sea

There are reports of an incident where three young men got into trouble in waters off West Wittering beach in West Sussex. Two of the three men have been airlifted to hospital after the incident at 5.45pm on Sunday.

Warning after men rescued from sea

Matt West, Watch Manager at Solent MRCC, said: "If you are heading out for a swim, check the sea conditions and remember that even though the sea may look calm on the surface, there is the danger of strong currents underneath.

"Always check tide times as well so that you can avoid being cut off by the incoming tide.

"If you see someone in difficulty, you should call 999 immediately and ask for the Coastguard."

Sea rescue: First pictures

West Wittering rescue
People watch on as the rescue operation takes hold Credit: Len Tyler

Three men have been taken to hospital after they became stuck on a sandbank and were then overwhelmed by the incoming tide off West Wittering.

Solent Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) was first contacted at 5.40pm this evening by West Wittering Lifeguards.

Sea rescue
Helicopter comes into land on the beach Credit: Len Tyler

Coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Lee-on-Solent and Selsey Coastguard Rescue Team, along with the two RNLI lifeboats from Hayling Island, the harbour patrol boat from Chichester and the inshore rescue boat from West Wittering. Police and Ambulance were also in attendance.

Helicopter rescue
A helicopter is scrambled to assist with the rescue Credit: Len Tyler

Two of the men were airlifted by the Coastguard helicopter to the QA hospital in Portsmouth, while the other was taken by ambulance to St. Richard's hospital in Chichester.

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Hero jet skier rescues men from sea

Three men who got into difficulty while swimming at a Sussex beach were rescued by a jet skier, police have said.

The men, all in their 20s, were swimming at West Wittering when the drama unfolded.

Police say the jet skier helped rescue them before seven ambulances arrived to help the stricken trio.

A Sussex police spokesman said two of the men were airlifted to QA Hospital at Portsmouth. One is in a serious condition, while the other has minor injuries.

The third man was taken to St Richard's Hospital at Chichester. He is in a stable condition.

Coastguard and lifeboat called to Sussex beach

A Solent coastguard helicopter and a lifeboat crew were called out this evening after reports that three young men got into trouble in waters at a beach in West Sussex. An RNLI spokeswoman said a lifeboat crew from Hayling Island was sent out to West Wittering at 5.45pm.

There are reports that two of the three young men were treated at the scene and have been airlifted to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth. More details to follow.