Selsey Lifeboat Station - Launches

29th April 2017

Selsey RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat Aids Yacht with Steering Failure

The Lifeboat crew were paged by UK Coastguard (Dover) to go to the assistance of the 9-metre yacht 'Silver Shamrock' which had lost its rudder 21 miles south-east of Selsey Bill.

The all-weather Lifeboat (ALB), with a crew of seven volunteers, left the moorings at 7.09 p.m. on Saturday 29th April. The 'Silver Shamrock' had a crew of two aboard who were competing in a race from Cowes (Isle of Wight) to Le Havre (France). 'Voluntary Worker' arrived on scene with the casualty vessel at 8.27 p.m. The weather on scene was wind easterly force 5-6 with moderate to rough sea.

Due to the conditions and size of vessel the Lifeboats casualty drogue was passed to the yacht to help control it during the tow. Once a tow was established between the two vessels at 8.43 p.m. the tow commenced to Chichester Harbour. During the passage to Chichester the towing speed was reduced to below 2 knots with several adjustments needed to the towline.

At 1.10 a.m. Bembridge Lifeboat relieved Selsey Lifeboat and took over the tow in a position 5 miles east of the Nab Tower, initially making for Portsmouth Harbour but on route this was changed to Cowes. The Selsey Lifeboat continued on to Sparkes Marina in Chichester Harbour, arriving at 2.15 a.m. where they stayed until 7.05 a.m. before returning to the moorings at Selsey, arriving at 7.45 a.m.

CREW: Martin Rudwick (Coxswain), Willy Pledger (2nd Coxswain), Phil Pitham (Mechanic), Craig Sergeant, Sam Troughton-Smith, Andy Lee, and Harry Emmence.