Selsey Lifeboat Station - Launches

14th June 2017

Selsey Inshore Lifeboat Helps Girl to Safety

Medmerry

Both lifeboats had been exercising on Wednesday 14th June. The all-weather Lifeboat was on the moorings closing down and the inshore Lifeboat (ILB) had just been washed down.

The UK Coastguards called the Lifeboat on the radio after they had received a report that a young girl was cut off by tide at the Medmerry retreat and requested that the ILB launch. At 8.39 p.m. 'Betty and Thomas Moore' launched with a crew of three volunteers and made best speed to the retreat.

At 8.46 p.m. the ILB arrived on scene but was unable to enter the retreat due to low water and so two crewmen went ashore to locate the girl. After finding the girl safe and well it was decided to carry her across the water to safety.

The Selsey Coastguard team had been paged and were with the father of the girl and so the Lifeboat crew walked her towards them. The ILB was released from the incident at 9.07 p.m., returned to station at 9.17 p.m. and was washed down and refuelled.

CREW: Colin Pullenger (Helmsman), Will Moir and Neil Hopcraft.