Selsey Lifeboat Station - Launches

14th June 2019

Selsey RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat Aids Motorboat with Machinery Failure

Motorboat with machinery failure Motorboat with machinery failure
Motorboat with machinery failure Motorboat with machinery failure

At 8.30 a.m. on Friday 14th June the UK Coastguard received an emergency call from a 52-foot motorboat stating that the vessel had machinery failure and was unable to continue its passage. The position of the vessel was 11 miles east of Selsey Lifeboat station with three adult males and a dog on board.

The Selsey Shannon class all-weather Lifeboat (ALB) was launched at 8.43 a.m. and headed towards the vessel's position. The weather on scene was wind south westerly force 5-6 sea state moderate in cloudy sky. At 9.06 a.m. the ALB arrived at the vessel and a line was quickly passed from the Lifeboat to enable the tow rope to be hauled to the vessel.

A tow was established between the Lifeboat and the casualty vessel and a course was set for Littlehampton Harbour. When close to the harbour entrance the tow was shortened for the passage into the harbour. At 10.10 a.m. the motorboat was safely berthed alongside the visitors' pontoon. The ALB waited in the harbour until 12.00 p.m. to allow the tide to drop away back at Selsey. This allowed for a safer recovery of the boat on to the carriage. The ALB arrived back at station at 12.33 p.m. and was recovered straight away.

CREW: Rob Archibald (Coxswain), Colin Pullenger (2nd Coxswain), Phil Pitham (Mechanic), Geoff Mellett, James Albrey and Dan Langford.