Selsey Lifeboat Station - Launches

4th June 2019

Selsey All-Weather Lifeboat Responds to Explosion and Fire on Motorboat

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Whilst at the station the Mechanic overheard a radio call from the yacht 'Ruby Tuesday' reporting an explosion and fire on the 44-foot motorboat 'Honeymoon'. He and the Coxswain could clearly see the smoke after looking out of the crew room window and so informed the UK Coastguard while at the same time setting off the crew pagers from the boathouse at 1.06 p.m. on Tuesday 4th June

The Selsey Shannon class Lifeboat launched at 1.16 p.m. and proceeded at best speed to the position of the plume of smoke 7 miles south east of Selsey which was clearly visible. The Coastguard Helicopter Rescue 175 had also been scrambled to the incident. The weather on scene was wind force 4 sea state moderate in rain showers.

'Ruby Tuesday' had heard the explosion and saw the plume of smoke before hearing the Mayday call. The two men aboard 'Honeymoon' had called a Mayday distress using the handheld radio they had managed to grab before jumping overboard. They then managed to get into the tender and release it from the boat. They reported one man had flash burns and a head injury.

The Lifeboat and helicopter arrived on scene together at 1.30 p.m. and it was decided to lower the helicopter winchman/paramedic to the Lifeboat before closing the small tender to recover the two casualties. At 1.45 p.m. the two men were recovered to the Lifeboat and assessed. The head wound was dressed and both men warmed up before they were winched up to the helicopter for immediate transfer to hospital. The helicopter departed the scene at 2.15 p.m.

The Lifeboat returned to the position of the burning vessel but there was no sign of it and so it's assumed to have burnt to the water line and then sunk. The Lifeboat was released by the Coastguards at 3.20 p.m. and arrived back at station at 3.40 p.m.

CREW: Rob Archibald (Coxswain), Colin Pullenger (2nd Coxswain), Geoff Mellett (Mechanic), Max Gilligan, James Albrey and Pip Skeet.

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