Selsey Lifeboat Station - Launches

4th September 2019

Selsey RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat Responds to Mayday Call From Yacht

Nimrod Nimrod

UK Coastguard requested the launch of the Selsey all-weather Lifeboat (ALB) at 4.32 p.m. on Wednesday 4 September after receiving a mayday emergency call from a 26-foot yacht with two persons on board reporting an engine fire.

The ALB launched at 4.41 p.m. and made best speed to the yacht's position which was given as 3 miles west of Selsey Bill. Whilst on route the Coastguards reported that Hayling RNLI Lifeboat had also launched to the mayday. When the Selsey ALB arrived on scene the Hayling Lifeboat had transferred a crewman to the yacht and had established a tow with the vessel.

The weather on scene was wind westerly force 5-6 sea state moderate in sunshine. The Hayling lifeboat Helmsman decided it would be easier for the Selsey ALB to tow the yacht to the entrance of Chichester Harbour so they dropped the tow and Selsey established its own tow with the yacht. The yacht had been on passage from Littlehampton to Gosport and, after passing Selsey, was struggling with the prevailing weather and so started the engine. However, the conditions proved too much and it overheated resulting in a lot of black smoke.

When the vessel reached the entrance to Chichester Harbour Selsey ALB dropped the tow and Hayling Lifeboat established an alongside tow with the yacht and continued into the harbour to Sparkes Marina where it was safely berthed alongside. Selsey ALB was released by the Coastguards at 6.01 p.m. and returned to Selsey, beaching at 6.45 p.m.

CREW: Colin Pullenger (Coxswain), Rob Archibald (2nd Coxswain), Andy Lee (Mechanic), Geoff Mellett, Harry Emmence and Neil Hopcraft.