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Hayling RNLI Lifeboat rescues cats from a sinking catamaran.

Lifeboats News Release

The Hayling RNLI Atlantic 85 lifeboat went to the assistance of a catamaran taking water into the port hull and rescued the skipper and his two cats.

The casualty catamaan is seen from the port (left hand)side with it low in the water due to flooding

RNLI/Andrew Ferguson

The catamaran showing the port hull low in the water

Solent Coastguard requested we launch to go to a 34ft catamaran moored in Chichester Harbour which was flooding with water into the port hull. The Hayling Lifeboat was quickly launched and went to where the catamaran was moored north of Sparkes Marina in Chichester Harbour. The casualty vessel (pictured) was listing badly to port and so a crew man went on board and found the port hull already flooded.. Despite having a salvage pump on the lifeboat there was little that could be done until low water some 6 hours later when it would be dark. It was decided to take the skipper and his two cats to safety ashore whilst also towing the boats tender.

The skipper decided to return the following day and collect his tender and see if he could cure the leak at low tide. Sadly by then the whole boat had flooded and so repairs on the mooring were not possible.

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