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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.

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Sea rescue: First pictures

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.

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.

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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