Today's lifeboat station at Selsey operates an all-weather Tyne class lifeboat and a D class inshore lifeboat. Over its 145-year history the crew have been presented with 10 awards for gallantry.
This station is classed as an Explore station. Explore stations offer the best visitor experience. With free access, you can go inside and look around the station, see the lifeboat and, in most cases, pre-book a tour. They are normally open all year and have an RNLI gift shop.
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The volunteer crew of Littlehampton RNLI lifeboat were paged at 8:14pm on Saturday 8 November by the coastguard after the alarm was raised by an ambulance driver who reported a person in the sea.
A woman whose life was saved by Selsey RNLI lifeboat crew when she was 11 has made an emotional return to the lifeboat station on her 70th birthday.
The 38ft racing yacht Rapscallion with two males on board was in a position 3 miles south west of Selsey Bill when she reported a lot of water in the cabin area and that they were heading back towards Portsmouth.
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Selsey Lifeboat StationThe BoathouseKingswaySelseyWest SussexPO20 0DL
Station opening times:
10am–5pm daily – boathouse open all year, and Selsey Lifeboat Museum open April–October
Visitor contact telephone:
Shop opening times:
Specific crew member details for this lifeboat station are not available here at the moment.
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Lifeboat name: Betty and Thomas Moore
Lifeboat class: D class
Funded by: Donated by Mrs Betty Moore
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Lifeboat name: Voluntary Worker
Lifeboat class: Tyne
Read more about the Tyne
1838A Silver Medal was awarded to Lieut E B Westbrook RN for saving three men from the sloop Ann.
1861A lifeboat station was established at Selsey. The lifeboat was launched over the beach on skids.
1886A Silver Medal was awarded to Coxswain James Lawrence.
1920A new slipway was built. The lifeboat was hauled on a trolley on rails until it reached this slipway, 25m out to sea.
1925A new boathouse was built on piles.
1930A Bronze Medal was awarded to Coxswain Frederick Barnes for rescuing two men from the motor yacht Lucy B.
1939During the Second World War the Selsey lifeboat, Canadian Pacific, was launched on service 50 times.
1950The Maud Smith Award, for the bravest act of lifesaving was awarded to Crew Member W Arnell, who rescued a man from a capsized boat.
1952A Bronze Medal was awarded to Coxswain Leslie C Pennycord for the rescue of six crew from the Swift.
1956Coxswain Douglas Grant was awarded a Silver Medal for the rescue of 18 people from the yachts Maaslust, Coima and Bloodhound.
1960A new slipway, with a gradient of 1:5, and new station were completed.
1961A Centenary Vellum was presented to the station.
1968An inshore lifeboat (ILB) station was established with a D class lifeboat.
1978The Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum was awarded to Coxswain Michael Grant when the lifeboat saved three crew from the fishing vessel, Jenny.
1979The Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum was awarded to Coxswain Michael Grant for rescuing two crew from the sinking fishing vessel, New Venture.
1979A Silver Medal was awarded to Coxswain Michael Grant when the lifeboat rescued the entire crew of 20 from the cargo vessel Cape Coast, which was listing and rolling violently.
1984A second Silver Medal was awarded to Coxswain Michael Grant when the llifeboat rescued the crew of six and saved the yacht Enchantress.
1984A Bronze Medal was awarded to Helmsman David Frank Munday when the ILB rescued the three crew from the motor cruiser Joan Maureen in October 1983.
The Ralph Glister Award, for 1983, went to Helmsman David Munday and Crew Members Anthony Delahunty and Nigel Osbourn for this service.
1985Ten lifeboat crew and committee members of Selsey Lifeboat Station were admitted to the Freedom of the City of London. The Tyne class all-weather lifeboat, City of London, was funded by the City of London Special Appeal.
1987A boathouse was built for the D class lifeboat and contains a crew room, store and souvenir shop.
2005It was decided that Voluntary Worker would replace City of London after 22 years' exemplary service by the latter.
At Selsey Lifeboat Station the following awards have been made:
Thanks of the Institution on Vellum 2
Bronze Medal 3
Silver Medal 5
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