Selsey Lifeboat Station - Launches

29th April 2021

Both Selsey RNLI Lifeboats Launched to Person in the Water

The UK Coastguards requested the launch after receiving reports of a person in the water at Bognor Regis.

The 'D' Class inshore Lifeboat (ILB) was first to launch at 3.07 a.m. on Thursday 29th April shortly followed by the all-weather 'Shannon' class Lifeboat. The ILB arrived on scene at 3.20 a.m. and immediately started a search along the shoreline. Also on scene were the Coastguard units from Selsey and Littlehampton, Sussex police and SECAmb.

Units on the shore reported hearing shouting so the Helmsman of the ILB decided to fire two illuminating flares and, after firing turned the engine off while the Lifeboat crew shouted. A faint sound could be heard and they headed towards it eventually spotting the person in the water. At 3.29 a.m. the person was recovered to the ILB and taken straight to the shore where paramedics were waiting.

At 3.45 a.m., with the casualty in the care of SECAmb, all units were stood down. Both Lifeboats arrived back at Selsey at 4.00 a.m.

ILB CREW: Harry Emmence (Helmsman), James Albrey and Sam Corcoran-Smith.

ALB CREW: Colin Pullenger (Coxswain), Phil Pitham (Mechanic), Will Moir, Andy Lee, Max Wiseman and Neil Hopcraft.