Selsey Lifeboat Station - Launches

19th June 2020

Selsey RNLI All-Weather Lifeboat Called to Injured Person on Yacht

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The UK Coastguards had received an emergency call via mobile phone from a small yacht with two people on board reporting that they were struggling in the conditions with both suffering from sea sickness and the female had now sustained a head injury. They gave their position as 5 miles south-east of Selsey Bill.

The all-weather Lifeboat(ALB) launched at 12.41 p.m. and made best speed to the position but when on scene nothing could be found visualy or on radar and the yacht had no radio to use direction finding equipment. The vessel was eventualy found 4 miles away from the given position. The condtions on scene were wind Southwesterly force 6-7 sea state moderate in sunshine. The yacht was on passage from Eastbourne to Chichester Harbour and had been at sea for 30hrs

The Coxswain decided to put a Lifeboat crewman aboard to assess the head injury and sea sickness. Once the transferr was completed the casualties were checked over by the Lifeboat crewman (a retired paramedic). After consultatation with the Coxswain it was decided that both were well enough to stay aboard the yacht whist the vessel was towed to safety with the Lifeboat crewman monitering them on route. The woman would require futher medical assessment ashore as she had been knocked out. A line was passed to the vessel and a tow was established between the ALB and the yacht. A course was set for Shoreham Harbour which would be the most comfortable for the casualties on the yacht in the condtions.

The 16 miles to Shoreham was completed at 4.45 p.m. and, once inside the harbour, Shoreham inshore Lifeboat was launched to take the vessel under tow to an anchorage just off the Lifeboat station. The Selsey ALB was released by the Coastguard to return to Selsey, arriving back at 6.16 p.m. The ALB was recovered, washed down, refuelled and made ready for service by 8.00 p.m.

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CREW: Rob Archibald (Coxswain), Colin Pullenger (2nd Coxswain), Jake Harnett (Mechanic), Sam Cocoran-Smith, Dan Langford and Terry Healey.