Selsey Lifeboat Station - Launches

31st March 2018

Selsey RNLI Lifeboats Assist Yacht Aground

Lazy Bear Lazy Bear
Lazy Bear Lazy Bear

UK Coastguard requested the launch of the Selsey all-weather Lifeboat after the skipper of the 22-foot yacht, 'Lazy Bear', made an emergency call via mobile phone saying that they had run aground and believed that they were somewhere off Selsey Bill.

As the all-weather Lifeboat (ALB) was preparing to launch the Coxswain could see the yacht aground on the Mixon reef, a shingle and rock reef approximately 1.5 miles off of Selsey and decided that the inshore Lifeboat (ILB) would be needed to get close to their position. Both Lifeboats launched at 6.25 p.m. on Saturday 31st March with the ILB heading straight to the yacht and the ALB going to a position in deeper water ready to take the tow off the ILB.

The weather on scene was wind south west force 2-3 sea state slight in overcast sky. When the ILB arrived on scene they transferred a Lifeboat crewman to the yacht to rig a tow and the yacht was successfully towed off of the reef and headed out to deeper water where the ALB was waiting. The two people aboard 'Lazy Bear' were cold and feeling unwell and so, after a tow was established between the ALB and the yacht, they were transferred to the ALB and a Lifeboat crewman went aboard the yacht. The ILB was released to return to station at 7.20 p.m. and the ALB towed 'Lazy Bear' towards Chichester Harbour.

The harbour was reached at 9.10 p.m. where the skipper of the yacht and another Lifeboat crewman were transferred to the yacht. The tow was then dropped and the vessel made its way into Sparkes Marina under its own power with the ALB following. The yacht was safely berthed alongside at 9.40 p.m. The ALB departed Sparkes at 10.22 p.m. and returned to station at 11.01 p.m. and was rehoused, refuelled and made ready for service by 12.05 a.m. Sunday morning.

ILB CREW: James Albrey (Helmsman), Craig Sergeant and Sam Troughton-Smith.

ALB CREW: Martin Rudwick (Coxswain), Geoff Mellett (2nd Coxswain), Phil Pitham (Mechanic), Max Gilligan, Will Moir, Harry Emmence.