Selsey Lifeboat Station - Launches

8th July 2017

Selsey Lifeboat Station's New Shannon Class Lifeboat Gets First Call for Assistance

Capsized Dinghy the 'Denise and Eric' leaving Littlehampton
Coastguard Helicopter waiting for winchman to return

The Shannon class Lifeboat 13-20 'Denise and Eric' was on a training launch with an RNLI assessor aboard when the UK Coastguard (Dover) requested that the Lifeboat proceed to a position south of Bognor Pier where a small sailing dingy had capsized throwing its two occupants in the water.

The 'Denise and Eric' got the call at 1.28 p.m. on Saturday 8th July and made best speed to that position. The Coastguard helicopter Rescue 175, Littlehampton Lifeboat and Littlehampton Coastguards were also tasked to the incident. At 1.37 p.m. 'Denise and Eric' arrived on scene to find that an open fishing boat with three people on board had picked up an elderly man from the water and helped re-right the dingy with the other occupant who stayed with the vessel.

The elderly man was transferred to the 'Denise and Eric' and treated for a cut to his arm and warmed up. Littlehampton Lifeboat took the dingy to the beach and was met by Littlehampton Coastguard and a South East Coast Ambulance (SECamb). Rescue 175 lowered his winchman/paramedic to the Selsey Lifeboat to assess the casualty and decided not to winch him up to the helicopter so the Lifeboat made best speed to Littlehampton Harbour arriving alongside the visitor pontoon at 2.17 p.m.

The casualty was left in the hands of SECamb and 'Denise and Eric' was released by the UK Coastguard at 2.48 p.m. to continue their training. The weather on scene was wind south west force 3 sea state slight in bright sunshine.

CREW: Andrew McHaffie (RNLI Staff Coxswain) , Dave Lamdin (Coxswain), Gary Pearce (Mechanic), Max Gilligan, Will Moir and Harry Emmence.