Selsey Lifeboat Station - Launches

16th June 2020

Selsey All-Weather Lifeboat Tows Motor Boat to Safety

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The all-weather Shannon class Lifeboat launched at 12.15 p.m. on Tuesday 16th June at the request of UK coastguards.

They had received a radio call from the crew of a 26-foot motor boat reporting machinery failure. The casualty vessel was 3.5 miles south-east of Selsey Bill with fog, sometimes reducing visibility down to 30 metres, and a smooth sea state. The Lifeboat arrived on scene at 12.30 p.m. and, after checking the welfare of the two persons and one dog aboard the boat, a line was passed to them. Once the tow had been established between the two vessels a course was set for Chichester Harbour.

The harbour entrance was reached at 1.50 p.m. and, shortly after, the motor boat was brought to an alongside tow to continue into Sparkes Marina. At 2.15 p.m. the vessel was safely berthed alongside in the marina. After taking details the Lifeboat departed Sparkes, arrived back at Selsey at 3.20 p.m. and was recovered straight away. The Lifeboat was washed down, refuelled and made ready for service by 5.00 p.m.

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