Selsey Lifeboat Station - Launches

24th July 2017

Selsey RNLI Inshore Lifeboat Recovers Man from the Sea

Coastguard Helicopter Rescue 175

UK Coastguard (Solent) paged the crew at Selsey at 8.26 a.m. on Monday 24th July after they had received reports of a person in difficulties in the sea at Aldwick near Bognor Regis.

The 'D' class inshore Lifeboat (ILB), 'Betty and Thomas Moore', launched at 7.35 a.m. with three volunteers aboard and made best speed to the Aldwick area. The Coastguard Helicopter Rescue 175 and Selsey Coastguard mobile unit were also tasked to the incident. On route an updated position was passed by the CG which indicated the person was clinging to the Aldwick Buoy. The weather on scene was wind Westerly 3-4, sea state slight and overcast skies.

On arrival at the buoy the Lifeboat crew found a man struggling to hold on to the buoy and stay afloat. He was recovered to the ILB and, due to the short distance to the beach, the Helmsman decided to go straight to the shore where he could see the ambulance crew waiting with the Selsey Coastguard team and the paramedic/winchman from the helicopter which had landed on the beach. The man was able to walk up the beach assisted by the ambulance crew.

The ILB was released from the incident at 9.21 a.m. and returned to Selsey rehousing at 9.45 a.m.

CREW: James Albery (Helmsman), Craig Sergeant and Max Wiseman.