UK Coastguard (Solent) paged the Lifeboat crew at 3.10 a.m. on Friday 20th January. They requested that the All-Weather Lifeboat (ALB) launch to the assistance of the 47-foot tug boat, 'General Six' with 3 persons aboard.
The crew of the 'General Six' reported via mobile phone that the vessel had machinery failure and that they were drifting approximately 5 miles south-west of Selsey Bill. With no radio contact with the vessel the ALB headed at best speed to the given position and once on scene quickly located the vessel at 4.10 am.
The weather on scene was wind east north east force 4, sea state moderate in clear sky with good visibility. After checking that the crew of the 'General Six' were fit and well at 4.15 a.m. a line was passed to them and a tow was established. At 4.20 a.m. the tow commenced towards Chichester Harbour.
The harbour was reached at 5.15 a.m. and the 'General Six' was safely berthed alongside in Sparkes Marina at 5.25 a.m. with the help of Hayling Island Coastguard team. The ALB was unable to rehouse at Selsey due to tidal conditions and so remained at Sparkes Marina until 7.10 a.m. when they departed to return to Selsey.
The ALB arrived back at station at 8.05 a.m. and was rehoused, washed down and refuelled by 8.45 a.m.
CREW: Martin Rudwick (Coxswain), Willy Pledger (2nd Coxswain), Gary Pearce (Mechanic), Colin Pullenger, Rob Archibald, James Albrey and Dan Langford.