Selsey Lifeboat Station - Launches

19th November 2020

Two Taskings for Selsey RNLI This Week

Small inflatable boat Small inflatable boat
Small inflatable boat Small inflatable boat

The first tasking came on Monday 16th November when the UK Coastguards contacted the Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM) requesting that the all-weather Lifeboat (ALB) direction finding equipment be used. They had received reports of a faint distress signal on 121.5 MHz South South West of Selsey Bill. The ALB was pushed out onto the apron (and therefore not being recorded as a launch) and the mast and aerials were put up. The Coastguards requested a listening watch for 15 minutes. Nothing was heard and the Lifeboat was rehoused.

The second tasking came at 4.16 p.m. on Thursday 19th Nov after the UK Coastguards had received reports of a small inflatable boat with possibly six persons onboard that appeared to be in difficulty between Selsey and the Isle of Wight to the South West of Selsey. The ALB launched and made best speed to the area. Shortly after passing Bill Point the Lifeboat crew spotted a target and approached it, which was motoring. The weather on scene was wind north west force 3, sea state smooth in clear sky.

The vessel had four persons aboard with fishing rods, but the persons were not dressed to be at sea at this time of the year. The four persons said that they were OK and were heading back to East Beach launching ramp, and so the Coxswain decided to escort them back to the ramp with factors being the fading light and the fact that the vessel had no navigation lights. The Selsey Coastguard team met the boat on arrival. Once the vessel and four occupants were safely ashore the Lifeboat returned to station. The Lifeboat was recovered, washed down, and made ready for service by 6.50 p.m.

CREW: Rob Archibald (Coxswain), Phil Pitham (Mechanic), Max Gilligan, Andy Lee, Max Wiseman and Terry Healey.