Selsey Lifeboat Station - Launches

31st August 2017

Selsey RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat Assists Yacht Aground on Mixon Rocks

Celtic Origin Celtic Origin

The volunteer crew at Selsey were paged by UK Coastguard on Thursday 31st August after the skipper of the 24-foot yacht 'Celtic Origin' reported that they were aground on rocks off Selsey Bill.

The Selsey all-weather Shannon class Lifeboat, 'Denise and Eric', launched at 3.02 p.m. and headed to the Mixon Rocks 1.25 miles from the boathouse where a vessel could be seen. Once on scene it was quickly determined this was the vessel and that they had floated clear of the rocks and were now north-east off of the reef. The weather on scene was wind westerly 4-5 sea state moderate in sunshine.

The Lifeboat was taken alongside the 'Celtic Origin' to speak to the two occupants as radio communication was poor. After confirming that they were both ok and that the vessel didn't appear to have suffered any damage or water ingress the Coxswain decided to escort the yacht to Littlehampton, the vessel's intended destination. During the passage to Littlehampton the skipper of 'Celtic Origin' reported some water in the bilges and the yacht's own pump was clearing it.

The entrance to Littlehampton Harbour was reached at 5.00 p.m. and, after the yacht was safely berthed with the help of the Harbour Master, the Lifeboat was released to return to station at 5.28 p.m. 'Denise and Eric' arrived back at Selsey at 6.00 p.m. and was washed down, rehoused and made ready for service by 7.10 p.m.

CREW: Dave Lamdin (Coxswain), Colin Pullenger (2nd Coxswain), Phil Pitham (Mechanic), Max Gilligan, Dan Langford and Harry Emmence.

Celtic Origin Inside the wheelhouse of 'Denise and Eric'