Selsey Lifeboat Station - Launches

26th October 2017

Selsey RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat Called to Yacht Sinking

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UK Coastguard requested the immediate launch of the Selsey all-weather Lifeboat (ALB) after the crew of the 8.5-metre yacht 'Paper Moon' reported that they had lost their propeller shaft and had water ingress. 'Paper Moon' gave their position as one mile east south east of the boathouse.

The Shannon class Lifeboat, 'Denise and Eric', was launched at 11.43 a.m. on Thursday 26th October with a crew of six volunteers. The ALB was quickly on scene and transferred two Lifeboat crew and the salvage pump to the yacht. As a precaution the two people on the yacht were taken aboard the Lifeboat. The weather on scene was wind south west force 2 sea state smooth in overcast skies.

After pumping out the water from the bilges the water ingress was stemmed with rags and a bung by the two Lifeboat crew. At 12.10 p.m. a line was passed to 'Paper Moon' and a tow was established between the two vessels. At 12.15 p.m. a course was set for Chichester Harbour and the tow commenced.

Paper Moon

The tow to Chichester was uneventful with no further ingress of water and the harbour entrance was reached at 2.30 p.m. After bringing 'Paper Moon' to an alongside tow the yacht was taken to Sparkes Marina and safely berthed alongside at 2.45 p.m. The ALB departed Sparkes Marina at 3.15 p.m. to return to Selsey, arriving back at station at 4.15 p.m.

CREW: Rob Archibald (Coxswain), Geoff Mellett (Mechanic), Sam Troughton-Smith, Steve Somner, Max Wiseman and Harry Emmence.