Selsey all-weather lifeboat tows motor boat to safety.
The all-weather Shannon class lifeboat launched at 12.15pm on Tuesday 16 June at the request of UK coastguards.
They had received a radio call from the crew of a 26ft motor boat reporting machinery failure. The casualty vessel was 3.5 miles south east of Selsey Bill with fog sometimes reducing visibility down to 30 metres and a smooth sea state.The lifeboat arrived on scene at 12.30pm and after checking the welfare of the two persons and one dog aboard the boat a line was passed to them. Once the tow had been established between the two vessels a course was set for Chichester harbour.
The harbour entrance was reached at 1.50pm and shortly after the motor boat was brought to an alongside tow to continue into Sparkes marina. At 2.15pm the vessel was safely berthed alongside in the marina. After taking details the lifeboat departed Sparkes and arrived back at Selsey at 3.20pm and was recovered straight away. The lifeboat was washed down refuelled and made ready for service by 5.00pm. The crew today were Coxswain Rob Archibald, 2nd Cox Colin Pullenger, Mechanic Phil Pitham, Andy Lee, Harry Emmence and Neil Hopcraft.
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