Selsey Lifeboat Station - Launches

1st November 2019

Both Selsey RNLI Lifeboats Respond to Mayday Call

Lady Corrine Lady Corrine
Lady Corrine Lady Corrine

On Friday 1st November UK Coastguards requested the launch after receiving a Mayday distress call from a 60-foot motor boat that had run aground on the Mixon Reef 1.25 miles off of Selsey Bill. The Skipper reported that there were two people aboard and that they had water ingress.

The Selsey inshore Lifeboat (ILB) was first away at 6.45 p.m. closely followed by the All-weather lifeboat (ALB) at 6.50 p.m. The ILB was first on scene shortly followed by the ALB at 7.00 p.m. At this stage the skipper reported that they had about 8 inches of water in the bilge. The vessel had gone aground just before low water. The ILB made two attempts to get near the vessel but these proved unsuccessful due to the breaking seas. With the weather deteriorating the Coxswain decided to pass the tow line to the vessel using the ILB which manoeuvred as close as it could to the casualty before throwing a heaving line with the larger tow line attached.

Three attempts were made before the man on the casualty vessel held on to the line and hauled the larger tow line on to the vessel. After receiving instructions via radio the tow was finally established between the ALB and the motor boat at 8.19 p.m. The ALB held the casualty and waited for the rising tide. At 8.43 p.m. the vessel started moving off of the reef and immediately the skipper asked to be evacuated from the vessel as they now had 4 foot of water in the bilge. The ILB made an attempt to recover the two men but conditions were too rough and so the ILB was released to return to station. The weather on scene by now was wind south west force 5-7 rough sea in rain showers.

The Coxswain instructed the skipper of the casualty vessel to release the tow and to make ready to be recovered by the ALB. After the tow line was recovered to the ALB the first attempt was made to evacuate the two casualties resulting in one being recovered at 9.10 p.m. On the second attempt the skipper was recovered at 9.15 p.m. Unfortunately the skipper sustained a head injury whilst transferring and first aid was administered but he also declared a previous heart condition and so the ALB requested an ambulance meet them on return to station. The Coxswain said that the vessel was taking a pounding rocking from side to side with seas breaking right over the boat.

At 9.35 p.m. the ALB returned to the beach and was rehoused immediately to disembark the two casualties before washing down and refuelling. They were given dry clothes and a hot drink while their wet clothes were dried. The ambulance could not give an ETA and so at 11.15 p.m. the station Lifeboat Operations Manager took both casualties to St Richards Hospital.

ILB CREW: Will Moir (Helmsman), Andy Lee and Max Wiseman.

ALB CREW: Colin Pullenger (Coxswain), Rob Archibald (2nd Coxswain), Geoff Mellett (Mechanic), Sam Corcoran-Smith, Neil Hopcraft, and Terry Healey.