Selsey Lifeboat Station - Launches

25th May 2020

Yacht Runs Aground on Mixon Rocks off Selsey Bill

Yacht aground Yacht aground
Yacht aground Yacht aground

UK Coastguard requested the launch of the Selsey inshore Lifeboat at 5.37 p.m. on Monday 25th May after receiving reports of a yacht aground.

The inshore Lifeboat (ILB) launched at 5.45 p.m. and headed to the vessel which could be seen from the station. When the ILB arrived on scene a check on the welfare of the two persons onboard the 37-foot yacht was made. Whilst checking around the vessel it was spotted that the propeller was fouled. The ILB Helmsman decided to kedge the yacht's anchor to secure the vessel when the tide started flooding.

The weather on scene was wind southerly force 2-3 sea state smooth in sunshine. After kedging the anchor the crew of the ILB managed to free the propeller and informed the Coastguards that they would wait with the vessel until it floated free of the rocks. At 11.09 p.m. the vessel floated free from the rocks and, after the yacht's anchor was retrieved, the ILB towed them to clear water.

After a final check for water ingress the engine and steering were checked. All was fine and so the tow was dropped and the yacht continued on to Chichester Harbour. The ILB was released from this incident by the UK Coastguards and returned to station, arriving back at 11.26 p.m. After recovering the ILB it was refuelled, washed down and made ready for the next call.

CREW: James Albrey (Helmsman), Will Moir and Andy Lee.