Selsey Lifeboat Station - Launches

16th March 2021

Selsey RNLI Tasked to Fishing Vessel with Machinery Failure

Fishing Vessel Fishing Vessel
Fishing Vessel Fishing Vessel

The Selsey all-weather lifeboat(ALB) launched at 4.35 a.m. on Tuesday 16th March after a fishing vessel reported a total machinery failure approximately 7-8 miles south of Bognor Regis.

The skipper of the fishing vessel was uncertain of his exact position and, with no power, had no navigation lights and so other vessels in the area were asked to keep a sharp look out. HMS Mersey located the broken down boat and passed the position to the lifeboat.This position was 7.3 miles south-south-east of Selsey. The weather on scene was wind westerly force 3-4, sea state smooth in clear sky.

At 5.00 a.m. the ALB arrived on scene to find the fishing vessel had restarted the engine but had no navigation lights. The skipper said he was happy to return to Littlehampton and so the Lifeboat escorted the vessel to the entrance of the harbour which was reached at 6.00 a.m. The fishing vessel dropped anchor outside the harbour to await the tide to rise enough to enter and the Lifeboat was released by UK Coastguard to return to station.

The ALB arrived back at Selsey at 6.40 a.m. and was recovered, washed down, refuelled and made ready for the next call by 8.30 a.m.

CREW: Rob Archibald (Coxswain), Phil Pitham (Mechanic), Craig Sergeant, Sam Corcoran-Smith, Kristina Dolan and Harry Emmence.