Naked skinny dipping prank sparks rescue operation at Southampton's Town Quay

IT was a night-time prank that put lives at risk. Two drunk men sparked a major rescue operation when they went skinny-dipping in Southampton Water.

They stripped off and jumped into the cold sea off Town Quay.

Police, coastguard officers, lifeboat crews and paramedics were all involved in the search for the pair.

Then they were so intoxicated they told police their friend was still missing – sparking a second search – but he was later found safe in a city centre hotel.

Today rescuers spoke of their anger at the men’s behaviour which they described as “downright stupid”.

Fred Kaygill, of the Southampton-based Maritime and Coastguard Agency, said: “It just beggars belief.

“The actions of these two men is not just dangerous but downright stupid. To enter any water at any time in a commercially operated area is putting their own lives at risk and other people’s too.

“But to enter the water at night and while under the influence of substance is doubly stupid.

“In the water their heads would look like footballs and that is in daylight. I very much doubt they would be seen from a commercially operated vessel at night.

“Let’s hope they have learnt from their lesson.”

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Southampton’s harbour master Martin Phipps said the sea temperature was 18C (64F) and described the act as “silly” adding that to get in the path of ships and yachts is “asking to be run down”.

Police recovered the two piles of clothing and the duo were treated by paramedics at the scene for “effects of the cold” before one of them was rushed to Southampton General Hospital with signs of mild hypothermia.

Officers were called to the waterside at about 4.30am yesterday after a member of the public called 999 after seeing the nude swimmers taking a dip near the Red Jet terminal.

Solent coastguard said they got a call from police who then paged two crews from Calshot lifeboat.

However, the RNLI volunteers were stood down after getting another call to say that the two men had been rescued from the harbour.

But when the skinny-dippers began to talk about a third man in the sea, they were called for the second time but then stood down again when police found he was elsewhere in the city.

Red Funnel master Stuart Tan said that the pair were swimming around one of the company’s boats and the crew could not start the engines until they were 100 per cent sure that the men were out of the water.

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12:13pm Thu 8 Sep 11

mansak_hunt says...

I can barely believe it
I can barely believe it mansak_hunt
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12:29pm Thu 8 Sep 11

Elgy says...

Probably sobered them up though.
Probably sobered them up though. Elgy
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12:37pm Thu 8 Sep 11

IanRRR says...

Almost certainly a couple of beered up, fat chavs. So less like skinny dipping, more like chunky dunking! Idiots!
Almost certainly a couple of beered up, fat chavs. So less like skinny dipping, more like chunky dunking! Idiots! IanRRR
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12:39pm Thu 8 Sep 11

Rockhopper says...

Typical these idiots chose to go in the water and the emergency services have to waste their resources running around to rescue them from their stupid pranks.
I hope they will be prosecuted for wasting police/coastguard/pa
ramedics
time and money.
Typical these idiots chose to go in the water and the emergency services have to waste their resources running around to rescue them from their stupid pranks. I hope they will be prosecuted for wasting police/coastguard/pa ramedics time and money. Rockhopper
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12:45pm Thu 8 Sep 11

lemsip says...

what a pair of ****!
(probably not after being in the cold water)
what a pair of ****! (probably not after being in the cold water) lemsip
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12:46pm Thu 8 Sep 11

lemsip says...

lemsip wrote:
what a pair of ****!
(probably not after being in the cold water)
whats wrong with the word co ck? its not rude its a male chicken?
[quote][p][bold]lemsip[/bold] wrote: what a pair of ****! (probably not after being in the cold water)[/p][/quote]whats wrong with the word co ck? its not rude its a male chicken? lemsip
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12:59pm Thu 8 Sep 11

Dasal says...

Police have their names so ....
MAKE THEM PAY FOR THE RESCUE SERVICES.

Sounds like they already froze their assets..............
.......
Police have their names so .... MAKE THEM PAY FOR THE RESCUE SERVICES. Sounds like they already froze their assets.............. ....... Dasal
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1:36pm Thu 8 Sep 11

Elgy says...

Shock horror.... alcohol leads to risky decision-making and endangers lives. Yet businesses in Southampton and around the country rake in millions of pounds every day from it with little care as to the effects.
Shock horror.... alcohol leads to risky decision-making and endangers lives. Yet businesses in Southampton and around the country rake in millions of pounds every day from it with little care as to the effects. Elgy
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2:17pm Thu 8 Sep 11

Dasal says...

Elgy wrote:
Shock horror.... alcohol leads to risky decision-making and endangers lives. Yet businesses in Southampton and around the country rake in millions of pounds every day from it with little care as to the effects.
I'll drink to that................
................
[quote][p][bold]Elgy[/bold] wrote: Shock horror.... alcohol leads to risky decision-making and endangers lives. Yet businesses in Southampton and around the country rake in millions of pounds every day from it with little care as to the effects.[/p][/quote]I'll drink to that................ ................ Dasal
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2:55pm Thu 8 Sep 11

SouthamptonLegend says...

Get the establishment who sold them the drink to pay for the rescue!!
Get the establishment who sold them the drink to pay for the rescue!! SouthamptonLegend
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3:02pm Thu 8 Sep 11

Dasal says...

SouthamptonLegend wrote:
Get the establishment who sold them the drink to pay for the rescue!!
Not their fault the idiots can't handle it.
Probably only had a couple of shandies anyway.
[quote][p][bold]SouthamptonLegend[/bold] wrote: Get the establishment who sold them the drink to pay for the rescue!![/p][/quote]Not their fault the idiots can't handle it. Probably only had a couple of shandies anyway. Dasal
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3:38pm Thu 8 Sep 11

resident in southampton east says...

the licensee does not control idiots like that,sounds like they were not from southampton anyway
the licensee does not control idiots like that,sounds like they were not from southampton anyway resident in southampton east
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3:46pm Thu 8 Sep 11

Dasal says...

resident in southampton east wrote:
the licensee does not control idiots like that,sounds like they were not from southampton anyway
.....and trying to swim home ??
[quote][p][bold]resident in southampton east[/bold] wrote: the licensee does not control idiots like that,sounds like they were not from southampton anyway[/p][/quote].....and trying to swim home ?? Dasal
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4:43pm Thu 8 Sep 11

Stubs says...

I bet there Pompey chavs. Scummers
I bet there Pompey chavs. Scummers Stubs
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4:46pm Thu 8 Sep 11

captain_chaos says...

Name and shame and then swipe their debit cards to pay for the 'rescue'.
Name and shame and then swipe their debit cards to pay for the 'rescue'. captain_chaos
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7:12pm Thu 8 Sep 11

Rob444 says...

Suicide is not illegal, so why the need for wasted public resources?

We don't need a nanny state.
Suicide is not illegal, so why the need for wasted public resources? We don't need a nanny state. Rob444
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7:44pm Thu 8 Sep 11

forest hump says...

Darwin was right. We need natural selection.
Darwin was right. We need natural selection. forest hump
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7:47pm Thu 8 Sep 11

forest hump says...

It's a bit similar to cycling on a busy road when a cycle path has been provided!
It's a bit similar to cycling on a busy road when a cycle path has been provided! forest hump
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7:47pm Thu 8 Sep 11

(╯°□°)╯ says...

"Naked skinny dipping"

Tautology Tara.
ta-ra
"Naked skinny dipping" Tautology Tara. ta-ra (╯°□°)╯
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7:59pm Thu 8 Sep 11

Jesus_02 says...

Rob444 wrote:
Suicide is not illegal, so why the need for wasted public resources?

We don't need a nanny state.
i think suicide is illegal?
[quote][p][bold]Rob444[/bold] wrote: Suicide is not illegal, so why the need for wasted public resources? We don't need a nanny state.[/p][/quote]i think suicide is illegal? Jesus_02
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9:57pm Thu 8 Sep 11

Richard IV says...

Jesus_02 wrote:
Rob444 wrote:
Suicide is not illegal, so why the need for wasted public resources?

We don't need a nanny state.
i think suicide is illegal?
Yes in deed it is, people that commit suicide should be locked up.Jesus i love,do you want to go for a dip next Monday.
[quote][p][bold]Jesus_02[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rob444[/bold] wrote: Suicide is not illegal, so why the need for wasted public resources? We don't need a nanny state.[/p][/quote]i think suicide is illegal?[/p][/quote]Yes in deed it is, people that commit suicide should be locked up.Jesus i love,do you want to go for a dip next Monday. Richard IV
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12:16am Fri 9 Sep 11

SpittingMoreFire says...

(╯°□°)╯ wrote:
"Naked skinny dipping"

Tautology Tara.
ta-ra
LOL!

Well observed chubby shocked face username!
[quote][p][bold](╯°□°)╯[/bold] wrote: "Naked skinny dipping" Tautology Tara. ta-ra[/p][/quote]LOL! Well observed chubby shocked face username! SpittingMoreFire
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1:34am Fri 9 Sep 11

menotyou says...

Richard IV wrote:
Jesus_02 wrote:
Rob444 wrote:
Suicide is not illegal, so why the need for wasted public resources?

We don't need a nanny state.
i think suicide is illegal?
Yes in deed it is, people that commit suicide should be locked up.Jesus i love,do you want to go for a dip next Monday.
suicide has not been illegal in england and wales since 1961 and i dont think its illegal to enter the water off the coast as nobody actually owns it??

just a thaught but prehaps you shouldnt be so flippant on the subject of suicide. it is the 13th most common cause of death in the world and extremeley distressing...take it from someone who knows this all too well.

as for the idiots who jumped in the water (bit silly really) i hope they learned a valuable lesson and are feeling a bit sheepish.

but what i really dont get, is why would anyone bother calling the emergency services after seeing someone jump into the water? this was a free country the last time i checked.

and to whoever thinks they should be prosecuted/pay for the rescue operation etc i will think you will find they already paid via council tax and didnt ASK anyone to rescue them so therefore, cannot be held responsible as they have not actually broken any laws.

s/w burn-then
[quote][p][bold]Richard IV[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jesus_02[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rob444[/bold] wrote: Suicide is not illegal, so why the need for wasted public resources? We don't need a nanny state.[/p][/quote]i think suicide is illegal?[/p][/quote]Yes in deed it is, people that commit suicide should be locked up.Jesus i love,do you want to go for a dip next Monday.[/p][/quote]suicide has not been illegal in england and wales since 1961 and i dont think its illegal to enter the water off the coast as nobody actually owns it?? just a thaught but prehaps you shouldnt be so flippant on the subject of suicide. it is the 13th most common cause of death in the world and extremeley distressing...take it from someone who knows this all too well. as for the idiots who jumped in the water (bit silly really) i hope they learned a valuable lesson and are feeling a bit sheepish. but what i really dont get, is why would anyone bother calling the emergency services after seeing someone jump into the water? this was a free country the last time i checked. and to whoever thinks they should be prosecuted/pay for the rescue operation etc i will think you will find they already paid via council tax and didnt ASK anyone to rescue them so therefore, cannot be held responsible as they have not actually broken any laws. s/w burn-then menotyou
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9:21am Fri 9 Sep 11

S.pin. says...

menotyou wrote:
Richard IV wrote:
Jesus_02 wrote:
Rob444 wrote: Suicide is not illegal, so why the need for wasted public resources? We don't need a nanny state.
i think suicide is illegal?
Yes in deed it is, people that commit suicide should be locked up.Jesus i love,do you want to go for a dip next Monday.
suicide has not been illegal in england and wales since 1961 and i dont think its illegal to enter the water off the coast as nobody actually owns it?? just a thaught but prehaps you shouldnt be so flippant on the subject of suicide. it is the 13th most common cause of death in the world and extremeley distressing...take it from someone who knows this all too well. as for the idiots who jumped in the water (bit silly really) i hope they learned a valuable lesson and are feeling a bit sheepish. but what i really dont get, is why would anyone bother calling the emergency services after seeing someone jump into the water? this was a free country the last time i checked. and to whoever thinks they should be prosecuted/pay for the rescue operation etc i will think you will find they already paid via council tax and didnt ASK anyone to rescue them so therefore, cannot be held responsible as they have not actually broken any laws. s/w burn-then
Sure they haven't broken any laws, but they certainly haven't paid for the RNLI's service with their Council Tax, nor will they probably realise that they dragged probably 15 people from their beds twice in the middle of the night to man the boats thanks to their stupidity.
[quote][p][bold]menotyou[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Richard IV[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jesus_02[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rob444[/bold] wrote: Suicide is not illegal, so why the need for wasted public resources? We don't need a nanny state.[/p][/quote]i think suicide is illegal?[/p][/quote]Yes in deed it is, people that commit suicide should be locked up.Jesus i love,do you want to go for a dip next Monday.[/p][/quote]suicide has not been illegal in england and wales since 1961 and i dont think its illegal to enter the water off the coast as nobody actually owns it?? just a thaught but prehaps you shouldnt be so flippant on the subject of suicide. it is the 13th most common cause of death in the world and extremeley distressing...take it from someone who knows this all too well. as for the idiots who jumped in the water (bit silly really) i hope they learned a valuable lesson and are feeling a bit sheepish. but what i really dont get, is why would anyone bother calling the emergency services after seeing someone jump into the water? this was a free country the last time i checked. and to whoever thinks they should be prosecuted/pay for the rescue operation etc i will think you will find they already paid via council tax and didnt ASK anyone to rescue them so therefore, cannot be held responsible as they have not actually broken any laws. s/w burn-then[/p][/quote]Sure they haven't broken any laws, but they certainly haven't paid for the RNLI's service with their Council Tax, nor will they probably realise that they dragged probably 15 people from their beds twice in the middle of the night to man the boats thanks to their stupidity. S.pin.
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9:40am Fri 9 Sep 11

freefinker says...

.. suicide has NEVER been illegal.
Attempted suicide - now that's another matter.
.. suicide has NEVER been illegal. Attempted suicide - now that's another matter. freefinker
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10:53am Fri 9 Sep 11

ToastyTea says...

where does it say the people were in trouble in the water ? is it against the law to go swimming around there then ? they weren't doing anything wrong as far as I can see...just let them get on with it it's their choice.
where does it say the people were in trouble in the water ? is it against the law to go swimming around there then ? they weren't doing anything wrong as far as I can see...just let them get on with it it's their choice. ToastyTea
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1:06pm Fri 9 Sep 11

resident in southampton east says...

ToastyTea wrote:
where does it say the people were in trouble in the water ? is it against the law to go swimming around there then ? they weren't doing anything wrong as far as I can see...just let them get on with it it's their choice.
so its ok to waste council tax and tax payers money and also nearly cause death to themselves what about thier families did u think of them.
[quote][p][bold]ToastyTea[/bold] wrote: where does it say the people were in trouble in the water ? is it against the law to go swimming around there then ? they weren't doing anything wrong as far as I can see...just let them get on with it it's their choice.[/p][/quote]so its ok to waste council tax and tax payers money and also nearly cause death to themselves what about thier families did u think of them. resident in southampton east
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3:46pm Fri 9 Sep 11

Matt Probert says...

Heck, breathing will be made illegal next. So they got **** and went for a swim in the middle of the night. Not the end of the world. Have you never done anything spontaneous or fun? Life's too short to be so uptight and cardigan-wearing (with apologies to geography teachers around the country).

Matt
Heck, breathing will be made illegal next. So they got **** and went for a swim in the middle of the night. Not the end of the world. Have you never done anything spontaneous or fun? Life's too short to be so uptight and cardigan-wearing (with apologies to geography teachers around the country). Matt Matt Probert
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5:30pm Sat 10 Sep 11

menotyou says...

freefinker wrote:
.. suicide has NEVER been illegal.
Attempted suicide - now that's another matter.
actually, until 1961 it WAS illegal. and until as recently as the early 1900's in some parts of britain the bodies of those who took their own lives were denied a funeral, and instead buried at a crossroads after being dragged through the town and "steaked". also, all possesions were taken as property of the king and the families cast out or punished for the crime. try looking it up :)

Matt, no one is allowed to have any kind of FUN or free will these days, thank the health and safety brigade for that one
[quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: .. suicide has NEVER been illegal. Attempted suicide - now that's another matter.[/p][/quote]actually, until 1961 it WAS illegal. and until as recently as the early 1900's in some parts of britain the bodies of those who took their own lives were denied a funeral, and instead buried at a crossroads after being dragged through the town and "steaked". also, all possesions were taken as property of the king and the families cast out or punished for the crime. try looking it up :) Matt, no one is allowed to have any kind of FUN or free will these days, thank the health and safety brigade for that one menotyou
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7:08pm Sat 10 Sep 11

Lord Swood says...

To be fair, Health & Safety do a tremendous amount to prevent accidents, injuries and deaths. Many 'silly rules' are nothing to do with the HSE, it is where H&S is being used as a convenient excuse to present bad news. (See http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/uk-politics-14
634289)
As soon as a preventable fatality occurs, those who make jokes about H&S suddenly wake up and realise their own stupidity. It is a grim experience informing a family of the death of a loved one, especially if that person had blatantly disregarded H&S advice.
To be fair, Health & Safety do a tremendous amount to prevent accidents, injuries and deaths. Many 'silly rules' are nothing to do with the HSE, it is where H&S is being used as a convenient excuse to present bad news. (See http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-politics-14 634289) As soon as a preventable fatality occurs, those who make jokes about H&S suddenly wake up and realise their own stupidity. It is a grim experience informing a family of the death of a loved one, especially if that person had blatantly disregarded H&S advice. Lord Swood
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7:19pm Sat 10 Sep 11

Lord Swood says...

To be fair, the HSE does an enormous amount to prevent accidents, injuries and deaths. All too often H&S is being used as a convenient excuse to present bad news (see http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/uk-politics-14
634289).
HSE advice is frequently mis-interpreted and mis-quoted.
It is an offence in most companies to disregard H&S rules. Some rules may seem excessive, but when a preventable fatality occurs, it is only then that many begin to take notice and realise their own stupidity at taking H&S in jest.
Informing a family about the death of a loved one is a grim experience, especially if that person had disregarded H&S advice.
To be fair, the HSE does an enormous amount to prevent accidents, injuries and deaths. All too often H&S is being used as a convenient excuse to present bad news (see http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-politics-14 634289). HSE advice is frequently mis-interpreted and mis-quoted. It is an offence in most companies to disregard H&S rules. Some rules may seem excessive, but when a preventable fatality occurs, it is only then that many begin to take notice and realise their own stupidity at taking H&S in jest. Informing a family about the death of a loved one is a grim experience, especially if that person had disregarded H&S advice. Lord Swood
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