Selsey Lifeboat Station - Launches

9th June 2020

Both Selsey RNLI Lifeboats Assist Yacht

Yacht Opas Yacht Opas

Shortly after 8.00 a.m. the Lifeboat Coxswain contacted the UK Coastguards with concerns for a small yacht which was on a course that would possibly put the yacht in danger of running aground.

After approximately 40 minutes the Coxswain informed the Coastguard that he could no longer see the casualty and it was decided to send both the inshore Lifeboat (ILB) and the Selsey Coastguard team to locate the vessel. At 9.09 a.m. the inshore Lifeboat launched and at 9.16 a.m. located the yacht approximately 1.2 miles SSW of the station. The weather on scene was wind southerly force 3-4 sea state moderate in sunshine.

After speaking to the sole occupant of the yacht he confirmed that he had grounded several times and that his engine had failed. The Helmsman decided to tow the vessel into deeper water and requested the all-weather Lifeboat (ALB) to tow the yacht to Chichester Harbour. The skipper reported that he was unable to sail due to rigging problems and confirmed that there was no ingress of water. At 9.46 a.m. the all-weather Shannon class Lifeboat launched and rendezvoused with the ILB at 10.03 a.m. A tow was established between the ALB and the yacht and a course set for Chichester Harbour. The ILB was released to return to station at 10.17 a.m.

The ILB crewmember that went aboard the yacht to rig the tow stayed aboard for the passage to Chichester and at 1130 a.m. reported that the yacht had water ingress and that a salvage pump was required. The vessel was brought alongside the Lifeboat where the salvage pump suction pipe could reach into the bilge of the yacht. This was successful in reducing the water level. Chichester Harbour entrance was reached at 12.05 p.m and the yacht was safely berthed alongside in Sparkes Marina at 12.20 p.m.

The ALB was released at 12.25 p.m. and returned to Selsey at 1.00 p.m. The ALB was recovered, washed down, refuelled and made ready for service by 2.30 p.m.

ILB CREW: James Albrey (Helmsman), Harry Emmence and Neil Hopcraft.

ALB CREW: Rob Archibald (Coxswain), Andy Lee (Mechanic), Max Gilligan, Max Wiseman, Pip Skeet and Terry Healey.