Selsey Lifeboat Station - Launches

29th August 2018

Selsey All-weather Lifeboat Launched After Emergency Call

Maverick Maverick
Maverick Maverick

UK Coastguard received an emergency call from the 24-foot motor boat 'Maverick' reporting engine failure. The skipper gave his position as 3 miles south west of the Lifeboat station. The weather on scene was wind westerly force 4 sea state slight.

The all-weather Shannon class Lifeboat, 'Denise and Eric', launched at 3.00 p.m. on Tuesday 29th August and quickly arrived on scene at 3.12 p.m. As soon as a tow was established between the Lifeboat and 'Maverick' a course was set for Chichester Harbour. At 5.03 p.m. Chichester Harbour entrance was reached. 'Maverick' was taken to Itchenor jetty and safely berthed alongside at 6.15 p.m. with the Lifeboat departing at 6.30 p.m.

As the Lifeboat was departing the harbour at 6.43 p.m. the Coastguard had a report via mobile phone that an 18-foot speed boat with 3 persons on board had broken down inside the harbour and they could see the Lifeboat. Selsey Lifeboat was asked to assist the speed boat and took the boat under tow at 6.48 p.m. With the ebbing tide the Lifeboat could not tow the vessel to their home berth so Hayling RNLI Lifeboat was requested to take over the tow. The tow was passed to Hayling Lifeboat at 7.23 p.m. and the Selsey Lifeboat continued the passage back to Selsey.

The station was reached at 8.00 p.m. and the Lifeboat was rehoused, washed down, refuelled and made ready for service by 9.00 p.m.

CREW: Rob Archibald (Coxswain), Dave Lamdin (2nd Coxswain), Geoff Mellett (Mechanic), Gary Pearce, Max Wiseman, Kristina Dolan and Harry Emmence.