Selsey lifeboat rescues stranded fishing boat

SELSEY’S RNLI all-weather lifeboat Voluntary Worker launched to assist a stranded fishing boat yesterday (Tuesday, June 25).

The crew was called at 7.14am to go to the assistance of the ten-metre fishing vessel Nicholas C.

The vessel had two persons on board and was reported to have suffered mechanical failure approximately six miles southeast of Selsey lifeboat station.

Arriving on scene at 7.43am, lifeboat volunteers passed a tow to the casualty which was then towed back to her moorings at Selsey.

The lifeboat was released at 9.10 am, re-housed and made ready for service by 9.40am.

Voluntary Worker was crewed by coxswain Geoff Mellett, second coxswain Rob Archibald, mechanic Phil Pitham, Colin Pullenger, Gary Pearce and Andy Lee.

“It just goes to show that no matter how experienced you are or how well you may plan your journey you never know when you will need the services of the RNLI,” said a lifeboat spokeswoman.

“That’s why the RNLI exists – to help people in difficulty like this.”