Selsey Lifeboat Station - Launches

24th August 2018

Selsey RNLI All-weather Lifeboat Assists 40-foot Yacht Aground on Ryde Sands

Change of Course Change of Course
Change of Course Change of Course

Uk Coastguard requested the launch of the Shannon class Lifeboat, 'Denise and Eric' to assist the 40-foot yacht aground on Ryde sands. The area would normally be covered by the Bembridge all-weather Lifeboat but they were already out assisting another yacht.

The 40-foot 'Change of Course' had two persons aboard and had run aground at approximately 7.20 p.m. and initial attempts to pull them off the sands failed. The Selsey all-weather lifeboat (ALB) launched at 7.53 p.m. on Friday 24th August and made best speed to the Ryde sands. The weather on scene was wind south west force 5-6 sea state slight with good visibility.

The Selsey ALB arrived on scene at 8.52 p.m. and the volunteer crew made ready the tow line before approaching the yacht. The 82-year-old skipper of the 'Change of Course' had requested a Lifeboat crewman be put aboard to assist connecting the tow line and retrieving the anchor. After the 2nd Coxswain was transferred to the yacht a tow was established between the two vessels and the yacht's anchor was recovered.

At 9.15 p.m. the tow commenced across the Solent to Haslar Marina on the Gosport side of Portsmouth Harbour. The marina was reached at 9.50 p.m. and the yacht was safely berthed alongside by 10.08 p.m. when the Lifeboat departed Portsmouth Harbour to return to station.

The ALB returned to Selsey at 11.10 p.m. and was rehoused straight away, washed down, refuelled and made ready for the next call by 12.35 a.m.

CREW: Rob Archibald (Coxswain), Colin Pullenger (2nd Coxswain), Geoff Mellett (Mechanic), Max Gilligan, James Albrey and Craig Sergeant.