Selsey Lifeboat Station - Launches

7th October 2017

Both Selsey RNLI Lifeboats Launch to Kayaker in Difficulties

Launching the ILB Kayak
Kayak Kayak

The 'D' class inshore Lifeboat (ILB), 'Betty and Thomas Moore', was launched at 1.03 p.m. on Saturday 7th October at the request of UK Coastguards after they received reports of a kayaker struggling to make way approximately half a mile south of Pagham Harbour.

The ILB, with a volunteer crew of three on board, were on scene at 1.08 p.m. and started to search for the kayaker. The weather on scene was wind westerly force 5 sea state moderate to rough with overcast sky. After searching parallel with the shore half a mile off nothing could be found and so the ILB stepped out to a mile. The ILB was now clear of the land enough to make the conditions difficult for the crew to search so the helmsman requested that the Selsey all-weather lifeboat (ALB) be launched to assist.

The Shannon class Lifeboat, 'Denise and Eric', launched at 1.28 p.m. and made best speed to the search area, arriving on scene at 1.34 p.m. At 1.43 p.m. the ILB found the kayaker and recovered him to the ILB. He was wet and cold and said he was with 6 other kayaks that were all heading from Selsey to Littlehampton. The kayaker and kayak were transferred to the ALB and both boats headed east towards Littlehampton to make sure that the other kayaks all arrived safely.

Unfortunately they weren't all together which made locating them difficult. At 2.25 p.m. the Littlehampton Lifeboat, B891 'Renee Sherman', launched to assist the Selsey ALB allowing the Selsey ILB to be released to return to station. The ALB entered Littlehampton harbour at 2.40 p.m. to hand the rescued kayaker to the Littlehampton Coastguards while 'Renee Sherman' continued gathering up the remaining kayaks. At 3.08 p.m. all of the kayaks were accounted for and the Lifeboats were released to return to station.

The 'Betty and Thomas Moore', ILB, returned to station at 3.12 p.m. and 'Denise and Eric', ALB, returned at 4.00 p.m. with both boats washed down, refuelled and made ready for service by 5.15 p.m.

ILB CREW: James Albrey (Helmsman), Andy Lee and Harry Emmence.

ALB CREW: Rob Archibald (Coxswain), Dave Lamdin (2nd Coxswain), Gary Pearce (Mechanic), Craig Sergeant, Carol Tipping and Steve Somner.