Selsey Lifeboat Station - Launches

2nd August 2017

Selsey RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat Goes to the Aid of Disabled Yacht


UK Coastguard (Solent) paged the volunteer crew at 11.58 p.m. on Wednesday 2nd August. They requested that the all-weather Lifeboat (ALB) be launched to assist the 32-foot yacht, 'Eliane', with one male aboard.

The skipper of the 'Eliane' had contacted the Coastguard by mobile phone reporting that he was unable to sail due to a problem on board, and his engine had failed. He gave his position putting him seven miles east of the station, approximately four miles south of Bognor Regis.

The Shannon class Lifeboat, 'Denise and Eric' launched at 12.20 a.m. and made best speed to the given position but had no contacts on radar or a good signal from the handheld radio the skipper had. The weather on scene was wind south west force 6-7, sea state rough in showers. After contacting the man on his handheld radio and using DF, direction finding, radio his position was believed to be considerably closer to the west end of Bognor Regis.

This position put the yacht very close to the Bognor rocks so the Lifeboat changed course. When in the vicinity of the rocks contact was made with the 'Eliane' at 12.45 a.m. when he stated that he had hit the rocks. With the tide ebbing and the yacht being pushed towards the shoreline the Selsey Lifeboat requested the immediate launch of the RNLI Littlehampton Lifeboat, a smaller craft, to attempt to pass a line to the yacht.

The Littlehampton lifeboat arrived on scene at 1.37 a.m. but by that time the yacht had reported that he was almost on the beach and this was confirmed by the Littlehampton Coastguard team on the beach. At this time the Selsey Coastguard team were requested to attend to assist with a technical water rescue of the man on the yacht.

The man was rescued from the 'Eliane' at 1.45 a.m. and checked by the ambulance crew before being taken to St Richard's Hospital. The Littlehampton Lifeboat was released at 2.10 a.m. to return to station. The Coastguard teams were going to kedge an anchor out from the yacht to try and hold it to the sea when the tide started flooding. Selsey Lifeboat remained on scene until 2.50 a.m. when they were released to return to station. At 3.15 a.m. the Lifeboat arrived back at Selsey, was rehoused straight away, washed down, refuelled and ready for service by 4.15 a.m.

CREW: Rob Archibald (Coxswain), Dave Lamdin (2nd Coxswain), Geoff Mellett (Mechanic), James Albrey, Kristina Dolan and Harry Emmence.

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