Selsey RNLI crew get to the seat of the problem.
At 6.00pm on Monday 5 August the Selsey D class lifeboat launched after a crew member had reported to the UK Coastguard a blue object in the sea approximately ¾ of a mile east of the station.
The weather on scene was wind south west force 4 with good visibility. The D class was quickly on scene and found an inflatable armchair. After recovering the chair the Coastguards requested the lifeboat conduct a search of the immediate area. The Coastguards checked the log for today and the chair had been reported to them at 9.00am by a vessel that was unable to recover it.
The D class was released at 6.30pm and returned to station at 6.40pm with the chair. The crew today were Helmsman James Albrey, Max Wiseman, Kristina Dolan and Harry Emmence.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.