Selsey Lifeboat Station - Launches

7th March 2019

Selsey All-Weather Lifeboat Joins Search for Person in the Water

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At 2.15 a.m. on Thursday 7th March the UK Coastguard requested the launch of the Selsey RNLI all-weather Lifeboat (ALB). This was to conduct a search at Bognor Regis for a female believed to have entered the water close to the pier.

The Selsey ALB launched at 2.35 a.m. and proceeded at best speed to the search area joining the Littlehampton RNLI Atlantic 85. The Coastguard Helicopter Rescue 175 was also requested along with Littlehampton and Selsey Coastguard rescue teams. The weather on scene was wind westerly force 6-7 sea state moderate with good visibility.

At 3.03 a.m. the Selsey Lifeboat started searching an area given by the Coastgurad joined shortly afterwards by the Helicopter while Littlehampton Lifeboat conducted a shoreline search. At 4.55 a.m. Littlehampton Lifeboat located the casualty in the water and quickly recovered her into the Lifeboat. The Helicopter was immediately tasked to winch the casualty from the Lifeboat and transport to hospital.

At 5.10 a.m. both Selsey and Littlehampton Lifeboats were stood down. Selsey Lifeboat rendezvoused with Littlehampton Lifeboat outside Littlehampton Harbour and supplied the crew with hot drinks as they were unable to enter the harbour for about an hour due to low tide. At 6.00 a.m. Selsey lifeboat departed Littlehampton and returned to Selsey, rehousing at 6.55 a.m.

CREW: Colin Pullenger (Coxswain), Geoff Mellett (Mechanic), Max Wiseman, Kristina Dolan, Harry Emmence and Jake Harnett.

Sadly, the casualty never regained consciousness. Our thoughts are with her family and friends.