Both Selsey lifeboats launched to persons in the water.

Lifeboats News Release

UK Coastguard requested the launch of both lifeboats at 3.33am on Saturday 13 July after a report from the security at Bognor Pier that two persons were seen entering the water 100 metres east of the pier.

Selsey lifeboat station showing the Shannon class and the D class lifeboats.

RNLI/Max Gilligan

Selsey lifeboat station

The Selsey Inshore lifeboat (ILB) was first away at 3.45am shortly followed by the all-weather (ALB). The lifeboats conducted an extensive search between Aldwick and Middleton out to ¾ of a mile. The shoreline was searched by Littlehampton and Selsey Coastguard teams along with Sussex police.

At 5.30am all units were stood by the Coastguards. The lifeboats returned to station at 5.45 and were both rehoused, washed down and refuelled ready for service by 6.30am. The crews today were ALB: Relief coxswain Tommy Cocking, Relief Mechanic Lew Griffin, Max Gilligan, Will Moir, Andy Lee, Kristina Dolan and Jake Harnett (Trainee)

ILB: Helmsman Sam Corcoran-Smith, Harry Emmence and Neil Hopcraft.

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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.