Selsey Lifeboat Station - Launches

5th April 2020

Selsey RNLI Responds to Mayday Call from 33-Foot Yacht

Yacht Yacht
Yacht Yacht

UK Coastguard requested the launch of the Selsey Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) after receiving a mayday call from a 33-foot yacht with 3 persons aboard reporting that they had run aground off of Selsey Bill.

The Selsey 'D' class Lifeboat launched at 5.52 p.m. on Sunday 5th April and headed at best speed to a position updated by the casualty approximately 1nm west of Selsey Bill. At 5.59 p.m. the ILB arrived on scene to find the yacht had floated off the shingle bank. The ILB manoeuvred close enough to the vessel to be able to talk to the crew to ascertain if any damage or water ingress had occurred during the time that the vessel was aground. The weather on scene was wind Westerly force 4 sea state smooth in sunshine.

The crew of the yacht reported everything was OK and that they were happy to carry on with their passage to Hartlepool from Falmouth. The ILB escorted the yacht out to the Looe Channel buoys and safe waters before returning to station. A guard vessel from a local cable laying operation also responded to the mayday. The ILB returned to station at 6.26 p.m. and was rehoused straight away.

CREW: Harry Emmence (Helmsman), James Albrey and Dan Langford.

The Helmsman, Harry Emmence, said how surprised he was to get a call to a yacht aground after the advice from the UK Government during the current Covid-19 emergency. On this occasion we were able to keep a distance from the persons on the vessel as the safety of our crews is paramount. But the RNLI crews will always respond to an emergency.