Uk Coastguard (Solent) paged the volunteer crew at 2.16 p.m. on Sunday 8th January 2017. They requested that the all-weather Lifeboat, 'Volunatary Worker', launch to the assistance of an angling boat that had run out of fuel 7 miles south-west of Selsey Bill.
The Lifeboat launched at 2.27 p.m. and made best speed to the position given by the two-man crew of the 7.5-metre angling boat 'Boogey Too'. They had reported a faulty fuel gauge which had led them to believe that they had more fuel than they did. The weather on scene was no wind, sea state flat calm with poor visibility at times.
The Lifeboat arrived on scene at 3.00 p.m. and passed a tow line to 'Boogey Too' and once the tow was established a course was set for Chichester Harbour. At 4.24 p.m. Chichester Bar Beacon was reached and the Hayling Island Lifeboat rendezvoused with 'Voluntary Worker'. This was arranged by the Coastguard so that the Hayling Lifeboat could take over the tow for the short distance into the harbour.
Selsey Lifeboat was released by the Coastguards to return to station which was reached at 4.55 p.m. The Lifeboat was rehoused, washed down and refuelled by 5.30 p.m.
CREW: Willy Pledger (Coxswain), Phil Pitham (Mechanic), Gary Pearce (2nd Coxswain), Will Moir, Andy Lee, Steve Somner and Harry Emmence.