Selsey Lifeboat Station - Launches

2nd July 2017

Selsey RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat Searches Area off Selsey Bill

At the beginning Walking to the boarding boat
Aboard the boarding boat Searching

The all-weather Lifeboat (ALB), 'Voluntary Worker', was requested to launch after the UK Coastguard (Solent) received reports from several vessels that they had received an AIS SART signal from a position south west of Selsey Bill.

The Selsey ALB slipped her moorings at 11.57 p.m. on Sunday 2nd July with a crew of seven volunteers aboard. At 12.25 a.m. the ALB was on scene in a position four miles south west of Selsey Bill and started an expanding box search. The weather on scene was wind south westerly force 3-4 sea state slight visibility good.

AIS SART stands for AIS automatic identification system, SART, search and rescue transmitter. The search continued until 2.00 a.m. when the Coastguards stood down the Lifeboat with nothing detected. The 'Voluntary Worker' returned to Selsey and was secured on the moorings at 2.30 a.m.

CREW: Martin Rudwick (Coxswain), Willy Pledger (2nd Coxswain), Rob Archibald (Mechanic), Dave Lamdin, Will Moir, Sam Troughton-Smith and Steve Somner.