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.
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.
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.