Selsey Lifeboat Station - Launches

19th August 2018

Selsey RNLI Inshore Lifeboat Called to an Upturned Sailing Dinghy

The inshore Lifeboat (ILB) launched at 1.16 p.m. on Sunday 19th August after a windsurfer reported an upturned Topper sailing boat off Pagham to the UK Coastguards.

The ILB, with a crew of three volunteers, headed to a position half a mile off Dark Lane arriving on scene at 1.33 p.m. to find that Pagham Sailing Club's own safety boat had the Topper under tow. The weather on scene was wind west south west force 5 sea state moderate with good visibility. The ILB escorted the safety boat back to Pagham Sailing Club and then returned to Selsey, was rehoused and made ready for service by 2.50 p.m.

The sailing club had several boats racing and unfortunately a few of them were caught out and capsized and so the safety boat recovered the crews that couldn’t re-right their boats before returning to tow the empty boats in. This information was passed to the Coastguards but after the windsurfer reported it they requested the launch of the ILB.

CREW: Colin Pullenger (Helmsman), James Albery and Sam Corcoran-Smith.