Selsey Lifeboat Station - Launches

13th September 2018

Selsey RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat Tows Yacht to Safety

Freedom Freedom
Freedom Freedom

The UK Coastguard received an emergency call from the 32-foot yacht 'Freedom' saying that their engine had seized and, with no wind, they were unable to make headway. 'Freedom' had two persons aboard and was bound for Brighton.

The Shannon class all-weather Lifeboat (ALB), 'Denise and Eric', launched at 12.35 p.m. on Thursday 13th September. The yacht's position was 2 miles southeast of Selsey so the Lifeboat was quickly on scene. At 12.45 p.m. a tow was established between the ALB and 'Freedom' and a course was set for Littlehampton Harbour. The weather on scene was wind calm sea state smooth in sunshine.

Littlehampton Harbour was reached at 2.35 p.m. and, after the yacht was safely berthed alongside, the ALB departed Littlehampton at 2.55 p.m. The ALB arrived back at Selsey at 3.25 p.m. and beached straight away. The Lifeboat was washed down, refuelled and made ready for the next call by 5.00 p.m.

CREW: Martin Rudwick (Coxswain), Phil Pitham (Mechanic), Andy Lee, Steve Somner, Max Wiseman and Neil Hopcraft.