Selsey Lifeboat Station - Launches

17th September 2020

Both Selsey Lifeboats Launched as Safety Cover for Refloat of Yacht

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At 8.07 p.m. on 17th September the Selsey all-weather Lifeboat (ALB) launched to assist the inshore Lifeboat (ILB) with the safe refloat of the yacht that had earlier run aground on the beach at Selsey.

The skipper had stayed on the vessel and, as the wind was due to increase making it difficult for the ILB to operate close inshore with the breaking sea, the plan was for the ILB to tow the yacht off of the beach but if this failed the ILB could take the tow line from the ALB to the yacht and the ALB would tow the yacht off.

The ILB had just been released from a previous call towing a vessel back to Selsey and came straight to the yacht. It soon became apparent that the conditions were deteriorating and the Coxswain and Deputy Launch Authority (DLA), who was on the beach, decided that the conditions were too dangerous for the ILB to operate in. The weather on scene was wind force 4-5 easterly straight onto the beach in darkness.

The skipper of the yacht could see that the vessel was not floating off the beach that evening and agreed with the Selsey Coastguard rescue team to let them assist him getting off the yacht. After the skipper was off the yacht the DLA and a local fisherman got some extra lines and secured the yacht to the groynes to help protect the vessel during the high water later that night. Both Lifeboats were released at 9.30 p.m. and returned to station.

ILB CREW: Sam Corcoran–Smith (Helmsman), Max Wiseman and Pip Skeet.

ALB CREW: Rob Archibald (Coxswain), Phil Pitham (Mechanic), James Albrey, Andy Lee, Dan Langford and Terry Healy.