Selsey Lifeboat Station - Launches

5th July 2017

Selsey Inshore Lifeboat Launches to Guard a Torpedo

The E.O.D. The device in the water

UK Coastguard (Solent) paged the Selsey RNLI volunteer crew at 7.46 a.m. on Thursday 5th July. The commercial fishing vessel, 'Jenny D', had found what they described as a type of torpedo four miles south of Selsey Bill. The Coastguard had been in contact with the Royal Navy E.O.D (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) who was mustering a team to recover the item.

The inshore Lifeboat (ILB) was requested to act as a guard vessel and monitor the object until the arrival of the E.O.D., releasing the fishing boat. 'Betty and Thomas Moore' launched at 8.03 a.m. and headed to the position arriving at 8.30 a.m. The weather on scene was calm sea in bright sunshine with good visibility. When the E.O.D arrived at 11.00 a.m. they confirmed that the item was a training device. The ILB departed the scene and returned to station at 11.50 a.m.

CREW: Rob Archibald (Helmsman), Andy Lee and Kristina Dolan.