Selsey Lifeboat Station - Launches

13th September 2020

Selsey RNLI Inshore Lifeboat Called to Six Adults and Children Cut Off by the Tide

Kirk Arrow Kirk Arrow
Kirk Arrow Kirk Arrow

The UK Coastguards requested the immediate launch at 3.22 p.m. on Sunday 13th September after receiving several emergency calls reporting people stranded on Kirk Arrow shingle bank located on the west side of Selsey Bill.

The inshore Lifeboat (ILB) launched at 3.29 p.m. and made best speed to the area. After launching, the Coastguard updated the ILB that a paddle boarder who was connected to the group was now in trouble. As the ILB rounded Selsey Bill the Lifeboat crew could see the people on Kirk Arrow and within seconds one crewman spotted the paddleboard and then the person now in the water.

The ILB headed to the casualty and on arrival saw a man struggling in the water. After the man was recovered to the ILB the Helmsman said that they would drop him off at the beach close to Kirk Arrow where the Selsey Coastguard rescue team were. The man said that his children were on Kirk Arrow and he had asked to borrow the board to go and get them but the board started sinking and so he decided to swim for shore. The Helmsman decided to continue to Kirk Arrow with the man on board.

On arrival at the shingle bank they found the two children who were very pleased to see their father and, also, four adults and a board. The four adults had swam and paddle boarded out to the bank to help the two children. The ILB arrived before they could assist them back to shore. The Helmsman asked the four adults to remain on the bank while the father and children were transported back to the beach where the Selsey Coastguards were waiting. With the tide starting to run hard between the shore and the bank the ILB returned to pick up the four adults and their board.

With one person rescued from the water and six people recovered from Kirk Arrow the ILB returned to recover the board the father had used and returned it to the beach. At 3.54 p.m. the ILB was released from the incident by UK Coastguards to return to station. The ILB returned to station at 3.58 p.m. and was recovered, washed down, refuelled, and made ready for service.

CREW: Sam Corcoran–Smith (Helmsman), Craig Sergeant and Max Wiseman.