Selsey Lifeboat Station - Launches

22nd November 2018

Selsey RNLI Lifeboat Assists Lone Yachtsman

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UK Coastguard received a radio call from the sole occupant of the 45-foot yacht, 'Giverny2', reporting that he had lost propulsion and steering.

The all-weather Lifeboat (ALB) launched at 10.28 a.m. and made best speed to the position given by the lone yachtsman on 'Giverny2' who had left the Hamble River at 3.30 a.m. bound for Brighton Marina. The position was eight miles south east from the boathouse.

The Lifeboat arrived on scene at 10.51 a.m. and, after checking the welfare of the skipper, prepared to pass a line to him. The weather on scene was wind east north east force 4-5, sea state moderate in overcast sky. As the skipper made his way to the bow to accept the line he realised that the yacht's anchor had deployed unbeknown to him and at first it was thought this had fouled the rudder and propeller.

The anchor line was buoyed off and cut away before the skipper tried the engine and steering. Both of these worked as normal so 'Giverny2' was able to continue the passage to Brighton. The Lifeboat escorted the vessel for a short time before returning to station arriving back at 12.01 p.m. and rehousing straight away.

CREW: Martin Rudwick (Coxswain), Rob Archibald (2nd Coxswain), Phil Pitham (Mechanic), Geoff Mellett, Sam Corcoran-Smith and Harry Emmence.