Selsey lifeboat tows angling boat to shore

Selsey RNLI crew was called to help search for a vulnerable person on Saturday (July 23) before towing an angling boat to shore.

Monday, 25th July 2016, 11:59 am
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 5:41 pm
Selsey lifeboat towed a 15ft angling boat to shore

UK Coastguards requested the inshore lifeboat (ILB) to launch to assist Selsey Coastguards and Sussex Police in a search for a vulnerable person last seen near the water’s edge to the west of Selsey.

The ILB launched at 1.31pm with a crew of four volunteers (one more than normal for extra eyes for searching).

However, just after launching the person was found.

The Coastguard immediately re-tasked the ILB to another incident.

A 15ft angling boat had reported machinery failure and they believed their position was 1.5-2 miles off Pagham harbour entrance.

The ILB headed to the given position but couldn’t locate the casualty.

The casualty vessel said they could see the ILB and after further interrogation by the Coastguards, the boat was eventually found 0.5 miles off Park Lane, Selsey, at 2.11pm.

A line was passed to the two male occupants and the vessel was towed back to Selsey, arriving at 2.32pm.

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