Selsey Lifeboat Station - Launches

6th February 2021

Selsey RNLI Assist with Search for Overdue Kayaker

Denise and Eric Denise and Eric
Denise and Eric Denise and Eric

The UK Coastguard requested the launch of the all-weather Lifeboat (ALB) on Saturday 6th February to assist in a search off of Bracklesham for an overdue kayaker.

The ALB launched at 4.48 p.m. and proceeded at best speed to a position just west of the Medmerry Retreat half a mile offshore to conduct a search along the coast to West Wittering. Both Hayling Lifeboats, the Coastguard helicopter, and Selsey Coastguard rescue team were also tasked. The weather on scene was wind northerly force 1-2, sea state smooth in sunshine.

At 5.05 p.m., just as the ALB was approaching the end of the first search leg, the Hayling inshore Iifeboat reported that they had found the kayak with the person on board off of West Wittering and that the person was fit and well and making for the shore. At 5.08 p.m. all units involved in the search were stood down.

The Selsey ALB returned to station at 5.57 p.m. and, after a short wait while the shore crew prepared the beach, the Lifeboat was beached and recovered. The ALB was washed down, refuelled and made ready for service by 7.15 p.m.

CREW: Rob Archibald (Coxswain), Andy Lee (Mechanic), James Albrey, Craig Sergeant, Max Wiseman and Jake Harnett.