Selsey Lifeboat Station - Launches

10th November 2018

Selsey All-Weather Lifeboat Launched After Yacht Calls for Assistance

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The Selsey all-weather Lifeboat (ALB) launched at 3.05 p.m. on Saturday 10th November with a crew of six volunteers. The UK Coastguards had requested the launch after receiving a radio call from the 27-foot yacht, 'Layla Too', asking for assistance.

The Selsey ALB made best speed to the last position the Coastguards had received from the yacht before contact was lost which put them 3 miles north east of Selsey. 'Layla Too' had three people on board who were all feeling sea sick and not really sure of their position. The weather on scene was wind south south west force five, sea state moderate in heavy showers. At 3.09 p.m. the yacht reported that they thought they were very close to Bognor Rocks 5 miles north east of Selsey.

At 3.20 p.m. the ALB arrived on scene with the 'Layla Too' and, after checking the welfare of the three crew on board, it was agreed that the Lifeboat would escort them clear of the rocks and then to Littlehampton Harbour. Littlehampton RNLI Lifeboat was requested to meet the ALB at the entrance and escort the 'Layla Too' into the harbour. This was because if berthing took longer than expected the Selsey ALB would not be able to get out of the harbour due to lack of water.

The Selsey ALB departed Littlehampton at 4.16 p.m. and returned to station at 4.52 p.m. The lifeboat was rehoused and made ready for service by 5.45 p.m.

CREW: Martin Rudwick (Coxswain), Rob Archibald (2nd Coxswain), Phil Pitham (Mechanic), Colin Pullenger, Geoff Mellett and Jake Harnett (Trainee).