Selsey Lifeboat Station - Launches

16th August 2018

Selsey RNLI All-weather Lifeboat Searches for Overdue Yacht


The Selsey All-weather lifeboat (ALB) launched at 3.17 a.m. on Thursday 16th August to conduct a search of Chichester Harbour for a missing 20-foot yacht, 'Piglet' with two persons on board.

The yacht had last been in contact with a relative at 10.15 p.m. on Wednesday 15th August stating they had some sort of incident on board and one of them had sustained head injury. The relative had agreed to meet the yacht at Wittering close to the entrance to the harbour but, after waiting for several hours, the yacht failed to turn up and so the UK Coastguards were informed.

The Coastguards were given two mobile phone numbers but both were going to answer phone and there was no VHF radio on the yacht so they requested that the Lifeboat launch and conduct a search.

The 'Dnise and Eric' made best speed to the Harbour and commenced a search from the entrance heading towards Bosham Channel. Selsey Coastguard team were also conducting a shore line search within the harbour. The weather on scene was wind south westerly force 5-6 with good visibility. At 4.29 a.m. the Coxswain requested the launch of both Hayling RNLI Lifeboats to assist the search. The Coastguards also scrambled the rescue helicopter in case the injury proved serious. At 4.38 a.m. the crew on the ALB spotted the yacht aground just to the west of Itchenor jetty but couldn’t get close to the casualty and so waited for the Hayling Lifeboats to arrive.

The Hayling 'D' class was able to get alongside the yacht and confirm that there were no injuries. The two persons were taken off of the vessel and returned to Bosham Quay where their car was parked. The yacht will remain aground until the next high water. The Selsey ALB was released at 5.25 a.m to return to station and both Hayling Lifeboats were released at 5.47am.

The ALB arrived back at station at 6.30 a.m. and was rehoused straight away.

CREW: Martin Rudwick (Coxswain), Dave Lamdin (2nd Coxswain), Geoff Mellett (Mechanic), James Albrey, Steve Somner and Harry Emmence.