VIDEO: Selsey lifeboat launched to boat in trouble

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A STRANDED angling boat was rescued by the Selsey lifeboat crew this week after it was drifting close to a shipping lane.

The volunteer crew was paged at 12.41pm on Tuesday (March 17), after Solent Coastguards received a call from the nine-metre angling boat Harbour Lights II, reporting its engine had failed to start.

It was 20 miles south-east of Selsey Bill, close to the west-going shipping lane of the Channel.

Selsey’s RNLI crew said the lifeboat launched at 12.51pm into a calm sea with hazy sunshine and visibility down to 1.2 miles.

The Harbour Lights II with four men on board was reached at 1.57pm and a tow was established between the two boats.

At 2.03pm the tow commenced towards Littlehampton Harbour at a speed of eight knots.

Selsey lifeboat crew rescue the stricken Harbour Lights II. CONTRIBUTED PICTURE

Selsey lifeboat crew rescue the stricken Harbour Lights II. CONTRIBUTED PICTURE

The entrance to Littlehampton Harbour was reached at 5.37pm and the tow was shortened to enter.

The Harbour Lights II was safely berthed alongside and left in the care of Littlehampton Coastguard team.

The lifeboat was released by Solent Coastguards at 6.12pm and departed the harbour bound for Selsey.

The station was reached at 7.02pm and the lifeboat was rehoused, refuelled washed down and made ready for the next call by 8pm.

Selsey lifeboat crew rescue the stricken Harbour Lights II. CONTRIBUTED PICTURE

Selsey lifeboat crew rescue the stricken Harbour Lights II. CONTRIBUTED PICTURE