Selsey Lifeboat Station - Launches

2nd June 2018

Selsey RNLI Inshore Lifeboat Rescues Three Men in a Boat


UK Coastguard requested the launch of the 'D' class Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) at 6.52 p.m. on Saturday 2nd June 2018.

A member of the public had made an emergency call to the UK Coastguard reporting that an inflatable boat with three people on board appeared to be drifting away from the coast at East Beach, Selsey. The local Coastguard unit were tasked to observe from the shore and confirmed that the inflatable was drifting offshore and requested the immediate launch of the ILB.

At 7.01 p.m. 'Betty and Thomas Moore', with three volunteer crewmen aboard, launched and made best speed to the casualty and were quickly on scene at 7.05 p.m. The weather on scene was wind westerly force 1, sea state calm, and visibility good in sunshine. The three men on board the boat were all well and had realised they were being swept further out to sea and tried rowing but the tide was against them.

Inflatable Inflatable

All three men were taken aboard the ILB and a line attached to the boat before being taken to the East Beach boat launching ramp where the Selsey Coastguard unit were waiting. The Coastguards gave some safety advice to the three men as they carried no safety equipment, only a mobile phone. The ILB was released from the incident and returned to station, arriving back at 7.45 p.m.

CREW: Will Moir (Acting Helmsman), Andy Lee and Harry Emmence.