Selsey Lifeboat Station - Launches

26th June 2017

Selsey RNLI Lifeboat Responds to Distress Call


The all-weather Lifeboat (ALB) at Selsey had been requested by the UK (Solent) Coastguards after they received an emergency call from the crew of the 10-metre yacht, 'Mandrella', reporting that they had water ingress and that their bilge pumps had failed.

'Mandrella' had two persons aboard and gave their position as 2 miles south of Selsey Bill. 'Voluntary Worker' slipped the moorings at 9.53 p.m. on Monday 26th June and made best speed to the position. The angling boat, 'Sarah Jane', had responded to the emergency call and was alongside the yacht when the ALB arrived on scene at 22.05 p.m.

The weather on scene was wind south sast force 3-4 sea state moderate in clear skies. The 'Sarah Jane' moved away from the yacht and was released to continue their passage with thanks. The ALB transferred the 2nd Coxswain to the yacht to assess the ingress. After checking the water level and speaking with the skipper of the 'Mandrella', the 2nd Coxswain reported that the salvage pump would not be needed as the water ingress seemed stable, but the vessel required a tow to safety.

The 2nd Coxswain remained aboard the yacht to assist with establishing a tow between the Lifeboat and the yacht. At 22.30 p.m. the tow commenced towards Chichester Harbour. The entrance to the harbour was reached at 12.30 a.m. and at 12.55 a.m. the 'Mandrella' was safely berthed alongside at Sparkes Marina.

The ALB departed Sparkes Marina at 1.05 a.m. to return to Selsey. At 2.10 a.m. the Lifeboat was secured on the moorings.

CREW: Martin Rudwick (Coxswain), Colin Pullenger (2nd Coxswain), Phil Pitham (Mechanic), Max Gilligan, Dave Lamdin, Craig Sergeant, Andy Lee and Harry Emmence.