Man Dies Trying To Rescue Girlfriend In Selsey

A man has died while trying to rescue his girlfriend who fell into the sea off the Sussex Coast.

The 37-year-old slipped off rocks to the west of Selsey Bill on Sunday afternoon while trying to help his girlfriend.

Solent Coastguard received two emergency calls from members of the public around 1:20pm saying that there was a girl in the water in trouble.

Coastguard officers from Selsey were immediately sent to the scene and the Coastguard Rescue helicopter Victor Alpha from Lee on Solent was also scrambled. The Selsey inshore RNLI lifeboat was also involved in the rescue operation.

The young woman was helped ashore by the Coastguard Rescue team and members of the public and was taken to St Richards Hospital in Chichester for treatment.

The man was located by the lifeboat crew and taken to the lifeboat station where he was then airlifted to the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, where he was pronounced dead.

A spokesperson for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said: "This is a tragic accident and our deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends."


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