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Selsey Lifeboats come to the rescue of two yachts

Picture by RNLI Lifeboats showing the Panche yacht under tow SUS-140625-150957001

Picture by RNLI Lifeboats showing the Panche yacht under tow SUS-140625-150957001

A LIFEBOAT crew came to the rescue of a 26ft yacht after it suffered engine failure.

Selsey RNLI volunteer crew were paged at 6.07pm on Saturday, June 21 after the yacht, the Panache, was unable to sail – the weather was sunny with no wind.

At the request of Solent Coastguard, the Tyne-class lifeboat Voluntary Worker launched at 6.18pm.

The Panache was quickly reached and a tow was established between the lifeboat and the yacht, which was four miles off the Bognor Regis coast.

A course was set for Littlehampton Harbour which was reached at 7.50pm.

After safely berthing the Panache alongside on the visitor’s quay, the Voluntary Worker left Littlehampton Harbour to return to Selsey.

The lifeboat arrived back at Selsey at 8.50pm and was rehoused and made ready for the next service at 9.40pm.

Lifeboat crew also came to the aid of a 34ft yacht which had run aground off the Mixon Reef, 1.2 miles south of the lifeboat station is Selsey.

Selsey RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew were paged at 2.42pm on Monday, June 23.

The volunteers were on the scene with the yacht, called Ewok, at 2.56pm.

The helmsman established a tow with the yacht and crewman John Reeves was transferred to the Ewok to help rig the tow.

 

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