Selsey Lifeboat Station - Launches

24th August 2018

Selsey Inshore Lifeboat Rescues One from Capsized Boat

The Selsey RNLI inshore Lifeboat (ILB) launched at 12.43 p.m. on Friday 24th August. The UK Coastguard had received an emergency call from a member of the public reporting that they had seen a sailing boat capsize and the two people were in the water and unable to right the vessel. The position was off shore from Pagham sailing club. The weather at Selsey was wind south west force 5-6 cloudy sky with good visibility.

Shortly after launching it was confirmed that one of the casualties had swam ashore leaving his father with the boat. At 12.59 p.m. 'Betty and Thomas Moore' arrived on scene to find one man in the water. He and a paddle boarder had righted the vessel but soon after recovering the man to the ILB it rolled over again. An attempt to right the sailing boat, with two ILB crew members entering the water, was successful although the boat still had a quantity of water aboard.

Some of the water was bailed out using a spare helmet from the ILB before the sailing boat was brought alongside the ILB and made fast. The vessel was taken back to the beach where the Selsey Coastguard team was waiting. The ILB crew helped recover the sailing boat to its trailer before returning to Selsey.

The ILB arrived back at station at 1.25 p.m. and was rehoused, washed down and made ready for the next call out by 2.15 p.m.

CREW: James Albery (Helmsman), Dan Langford and Pip Skeet.