Selsey Lifeboat Station - Launches

8th January 2020

Selsey All-Weather Lifeboat Goes to the Aid of Charter Boat with Machinery Failure

Charter Boat Charter Boat
Charter Boat Charter Boat

The skipper of the 11-metre charter boat called the UK Coastguard to report that the vessel had machinery failure and that they were unable to return to harbour. The vessel had 6 divers aboard that had been diving on a wreck south of Pagham and were returning to Chichester Harbour.

The Selsey all-weather lifeboat (ALB) launched at 3.25 p.m. on Wednesday 8th January and headed to the position of the casualty 1.5 miles South West of Selsey Bill. After arriving at 3.38 p.m. a line was passed to the vessel and at 3.45 p.m. a tow was established between the Lifeboat and casualty and a course was set for Chichester Harbour. The weather on scene was wind south westerly force 1-2 sea state slight with overcast sky.

The entrance to Chichester Harbour was reached at 4.50 p.m. and the tow continued into the harbour before reaching the vessel's moorings at 5.10 p.m. After the vessel was safely moored on the moorings the Lifeboat made the return journey back to Selsey arriving back at 6.00 p.m. and rehousing straight away. The Lifeboat was washed down refuelled and made ready for service by 7.15 p.m.

CREW: Martin Rudwick (Coxswain), Colin Pullenger (2nd Coxswain), Phil Pitham (Mechanic), Pip Skeet, Harry Emmence and Terry Healy.