Calshot RNLI volunteers respond to person in water
Volunteers from Calshot RNLI launched to a report of a person seen entering the River Itchen
The man was spotted by a tug from Itchen Marine Towage who aided the RNLI volunteers by using their large search lights to illuminate the area.
The man had entered the water wearing only a t-shirt and trousers and had become stuck on piles sticking out from a wall near to some pontoons along the River Itchen.
Two RNLI volunteers entered the water and the man had to be cut from his trousers to enable him to be freed. He was then handed over to South Central Ambulance and Hampshire Constabulary for checking over and questioning.
Andy Headley, Calshot RNLI Helm, said: 'There is a clear message here that people must learn to respect the water. With the very low air temperatures, freezing cold water and the fact that the man was stuck below the tide level, this could easily have had a more devastating outcome had he not been rescued when he was.'
Both lifeboats were then released and returned to station.
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