Selsey Lifeboat Station - Launches

5th June 2021

Selsey RNLI Inshore Lifeboat Goes to the Aid of Small Boat with Machinery Failure

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The UK Coastguard requested the launch of the inshore Lifeboat after receiving reports of a small craft with two people aboard broken down off of the Pagham Harbour area.

The inshore Lifeboat (ILB) launched at 2.25 p.m. and headed to Pagham Harbour. Shortly after arriving in the area the ILB crew spotted a craft which appeared to be underway. The ILB came alongside the craft at 2.37 p.m. and the two persons aboard the vessel reported that they had broken down but had got the engine going again. They had departed from Chichester Harbour, but the Helmsman advised them against returning there and instead escorted them back to the launching ramp at East Beach car park, Selsey. The weather on scene was wind southwest force 3-4, sea state moderate in sunshine.

At 3.15 p.m. the vessel reached the ramp at Selsey and were met by the Selsey Coastguard team who helped them recover the boat. The ILB was released from this incident and immediately retasked to intercept a yacht approximately half a mile south of the Lifeboat station as the vessel was heading west into shallow water. The yacht had been seen from the boathouse changing course to try and get out of shallow water. The station Coxswain informed the Coastguard of the yacht's predicament and asked them to task the ILB. The ILB reached the yacht at 3.28 p.m. and, although there was a language barrier, advised him to follow them to deeper water and a safe passage to the west.

At 3.41 p.m. the yacht was in safe waters and the ILB departed to return to station, arriving back at 3.47 p.m. to be recovered straight away.

CREW: James Albrey (Helmsman), Will Moir and Kristina Dolan.