Selsey Lifeboat Station - Launches

18th February 2018

Selsey Inshore Lifeboat Investigates Lights in the Sea off of Bognor

AIS Launching

The 'D' class inshore Lifeboat (ILB), 'Betty and Thomas Moore', launched at 12.57 a.m. on Sunday 18th February at the request of the UK Coastguard. A fisherman angling on the beach reported seeing lights in the water to the west of Bognor Pier.

After launching, with a crew of three volunteers, the ILB made best speed to the area and, after arriving on scene, the fisherman reported that a person had come ashore wearing a wetsuit and said that he and one other person were free diving (diving without cylinders). He said his buddy had come ashore further west and that they were both ok.

The divers were Polish and dive all the time and are usually in the water for up to 5 hours at a time. They were very well kitted out including very good wrist lights which the ILB crew first thought were Coastguards on the beach, searching. They were very apologetic for the lifeboat being launched.

The weather on scene was wind southerly force 2-3 sea state slight in clear skies with good visibility. 'Betty and Thomas Moore' was released by the Coastguards and returned to station at 1.45 a.m.

CREW: Dave Lamdin, (Helmsman), Colin Pullenger and Kristina Dolan.