Selsey Lifeboat Station - Launches

24th March 2018

Selsey All-Weather Lifeboat Assists Yacht

AIS Poly B
Poly B

Selsey all-weather Lifeboat (ALB) was requested to launch by the UK Coastguard after the 26-foot yacht 'Poly B' had reported that they had engine failure and were unable to sail due to lack of wind.

The Shannon class Lifeboat, 'Denise and Eric', launched at 3.42 p.m. on Saturday 24th March and proceeded to the yacht's reported position three miles south-east of the station. The Lifeboat and its crew of six volunteers were soon on scene with the yacht. The skipper reported all four persons aboard were well but they required assistance to rig the tow and so the acting 2nd Coxswain was transferred to the vessel.

The weather on scene was wind south south east force 1-2 sea state smooth in overcast sky. The 'Poly B' had been on passage from Emsworth to Littlehampton and so, after the tow had been established between the ALB and the yacht, a course was set for Littlehampton Harbour entrance.

Littlehampton Harbour was reached at 6.28 p.m. and the 'Poly B' was safely berthed alongside before the ALB departed the harbour to return to Selsey. 'Denise and Eric' arrived back at station at 7.05 p.m. with rehousing completed by 8.00 p.m.

CREW: Colin Pullenger (Coxswain), Gary Pearce (Acting 2nd Coxswain), Geoff Mellett (Mechanic), Sam Troughton-Smith, Andy Lee and Neil Hopcraft (Trainee).