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Selsey news: Dutch yacht requests RNLI assistance for second time in three days.

Lifeboats News Release

UK Coastguard requested the Selsey RNLI lifeboat launch to the aid of a 45ft Dutch yacht Maria-Angela.

coming alongside yacht to pass tow

RNLI/Selsey Lifeboat

The yacht had engine failure 11 miles south south east of Selsey Bill and, with very little wind, was struggling to make progress.

The volunteer crew were paged at 11.29am on Friday 11 November 2016 and at 11.41am the Tyne class lifeboat Voluntary Worker launched with a crew of seven.

At 12.19pm the lifeboat reached the Maria-Angela and transferred the second coxswain, Willy Pledger, to the yacht to assist with rigging the tow and for communications as the three Spanish and one Dutch national spoke very little English.

The weather on scene was wind southerly force 2-3 in sunshine with good visibility and a smooth sea state. Once the tow was established at 12.28pm a course was set for Chichester Harbour. At 3.15pm the harbour was reached and the Maria-Angela was berthed alongside at Sparkes Marina with the assistance of Hayling Coastguard team.

The Maria Angela was towed into to Sovereign Harbour by Eastbourne RNLI lifeboat in the early hours of Wednesday 10 November after making a distress call in similar circumstances as today.

The Voluntary Worker departed Sparkes Marina at 3.30pm to return to Selsey arriving at 4.20pm and rehousing straight away. The crew of the lifeboat today were Coxswain Martin Rudwick, Second Coxswain Willy Pledger, Mechanic Geoff Mellett , Dave Lamdin, Gary Pearce, Max Wiseman and Pip Skeet.

RNLI media contacts

  • Max Gilligan Selsey RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
    07956 415429
  • Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/South East/East) 0207 6207425 / 07785 296252 /
  • For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

Heaving line passed to yacht to haul tow line aboard

RNLI/Selsey Lifeboat

yacht being towed by lifeboat

RNLI/Selsey Lifeboat

yacht being towed by lifeboat different view

RNLI/Selsey Lifeboat

Alongside in the marina

RNLI/Selsey Lifeboat

Track of the yacht after leaving Eastbourne

RNLI/Max Gilligan

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