Selsey Lifeboat Station - Launches

9th August 2017

Selsey RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat Responds to Mayday Call from Yacht

Seaweed Seaweed
Seaweed Seaweed

The volunteer crew were paged at 3.35 p.m. on Wednesday 9th August after the 12-metre yacht 'Seaweed' declared a Mayday stating that they had water ingress and were sinking fast.

The persons aboard 'Seaweed' said that they were in a position half a mile south of the Looe Channel buoys. They stated that they were heading towards the nearest coast. The Shannon class Lifeboat, 'Denise and Eric' launched at 3.45 p.m. with a crew of six and made best speed to the position.

On route 'Seaweed' updated their position which put them approximately three miles south west of Selsey Bill. At 4.04 p.m. the Lifeboat arrived on scene and transferred a Lifeboat crewmember to the yacht to assess the situation. The weather on scene was wind northwest 4-5 sea state moderate in rain.

The water ingress appeared to have stopped and the yacht's own pumps had reduced the water level considerably. After further investigation it was discovered that a water outlet pipe was not connected to a pump and when the vessel was keeled over when sailing this had become an inlet pipe for seawater. Consequently, when the water ingress was noticed, they had eased up on the sailing and the ingress stopped.

After checking that most of the water had been pumped out and 'Seaweed' could motor under her own power without seawater entering the pipe, the Lifeboat escorted them to Chichester Harbour. Once inside the harbour 'Seaweed' made its own way up to Itchenor visitor’s moorings.

The Lifeboat was released at 5.47 p.m. and returned to Selsey just in time to change crew for a station exercise.

CREW: Martin Rudwick (Coxswain), Geoff Mellett (Mechanic), Dave Lamdin (2nd Coxswain), Will Moir, James Albrey and Andy Lee.