Selsey Lifeboat Station - Launches

23rd June 2017

Selsey Inshore Lifeboat Launched to Three Persons in the Water


UK Coastguard (Dover) paged the RNLI volunteers at Selsey on Friday 23rd June after receiving an emergency phone call reporting three persons in the sea off Aldwick near Bognor Regis.

The inshore Lifeboat (ILB) was launched at 3.44 p.m. and made best speed to the Aldwick area. When the ILB arrived on scene a search was started but nothing was found. The Coastguards phoned the first informant who reported that the three males had made the shore safely after jumping out of their drifting kayak after losing a paddle and the kayak was now ashore near to Bognor Pier.

The weather on scene was wind south west force 4-5 sea state moderate in sunshine with good visibility. The three persons were known to the informant and he said that they had departed the beach to take one of them home as he was cold. He said he would go and get the owner of the kayak to recover it in case it caused another incident.

The ILB made its way to where the kayak was beached and waited for the arrival of the owner. After details were taken by the ILB crew the Coastguards released the ILB to return to Selsey, arriving back at station at 5.40 p.m. and was made ready for service by 5.55 p.m.

CREW: Gary Pearce (Helmsman), James Albery and Jake Harrnet (Trainee).

ILB Track