Selsey lifeboat rescues stricken yacht

Lifeboat crew at the yacht
Lifeboat crew at the yacht
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A YACHT ran aground south of Selsey Bill yesterday (May 11).

Selsey RNLI volunteers were paged at 10.36am after the 57ft yacht Living the Dream broadcast an emergency call saying they had run aground south of Selsey Bill.

The inshore lifeboat (ILB) with its crew of three launched at 10.46am and headed south until a local fishing boat reported the yacht was in fact one-mile to the south-west of Selsey Bill.

The yacht was reached at 10.59am and the ILB crew checked the man and woman aboard were well.

The skipper thought the rudder was damaged but reported no ingress of water.

The weather on scene was wind south west force three with a slight sea state in hazy sunshine.

The tide was flooding so the ILB crew kedged an anchor out from the yacht and because of the size of the vessel requested the all-weather lifeboat remain at readiness to launch.

At 12.35pm Living the Dream floated free of the shingle bank and after checking the engines and steering and any water ingress the kedged anchor was recovered and the vessel was escorted to the Looe buoys and east towards safe waters.

Living the dream continued their passage to Brighton and at 1.02pm the ILB was released and returned to station arriving back at 1.20pm and rehousing straight away.

The crew of the ILB were Helmsman Dave Lamdin, Rob Archibald and Gary Pearce.