Selsey lifeboat rescues stricken yacht

Selsey lifeboat rescued the stricken Spindrift II SUS-160406-132530001
Selsey lifeboat rescued the stricken Spindrift II SUS-160406-132530001

Selsey lifeboat were called out to rescue the crew of a stricken yacht yesterday afternoon (Friday, June 3) after the vessel’s engine overheated.

The all-weather lifeboat was called to help the Spindrift II, a 10.5 metre yacht ​Spindrift II ​with two crew members, at around 2.30pm.

The skipper of the yacht had reported their engine had overheated in a stretch of sea around 5 miles south of Chichester harbour and they were struggling to make headway with the light winds.

The yacht had broken down in an area used by large ships to approach Southampton and Portsmouth harbours.

The lifeboat located the ​Spindrift II ​at 3.06pm and towed the yacht to Gosport marina just inside the entrance to Portsmouth harbour. Once inside the harbour with only a short distance to go the yacht was released from the tow and able to berth alongside using their now cooled engine.

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