Selsey Lifeboat Station - Launches

30th July 2019

Selsey All-Weather Lifeboat Launched to Investigate Drifting Boat

Drifting boat Drifting boat

The Shannon class Lifeboat, 'Denise and Eric', launched at 2.45 p.m. on Tuesday 30th July. The UK Coastguard had received an emergency phone call stating that a small boat was drifting off of the eastern end of Selsey Bill.

The Selsey Coastguard team had been sent to locate the vessel which they did but were unable to confirm if anyone was on the vessel so they requested that a Lifeboat was launched to check this out. At 3.00 p.m. the Lifeboat arrived on scene with the vessel, which was unoccupied. They were unable to attach a line as the deck fixings had been ripped off so the decision was made to leave the boat.

The weather was South Southwest force 8 with a moderate to rough sea state so the wind would blow the vessel towards the beach at Bognor Regis. The Lifeboat was released at 3.11 p.m. and arrived at the station at 3.40 p.m. to be rehoused straight away.

CREW: Colin Pullenger (Coxswain), Geoff Mellett (Mechanic), Max Wiseman, Harry Emmence, Neil Hopcraft and Dan Langford.

Footnote: The boat came ashore at Elmer between Bognor and Littlehampton it was recovered by the owners with the help of Littlehampton and Selsey Coastguard teams. It had broken free from moorings at Selsey.