Trio of callouts for the Selsey lifeboat crew

A BUSY weekend for the Selsey lifeboat team saw them called out three times in less than two days.

A call at 8.12am on Saturday (June 28) saw both inshore and offshore lifeboats launched to rescue a French yacht taking on water after it ran aground just west of Selsey on Kirk Arrow shingle bank.

Helmsman Colin Pullenger said when they arrived on scene, the skipper of the 35ft yacht, named Ommage, asked if he was in Freshwater Bay, which is on the Isle of Wight.

He was travelling from Dunkirk to the Scilly Isles.

The inshore lifeboat set the salvage pump to work and also towed the yacht to deeper water, where the offshore lifeboat took over and towed the yacht to Sparkes Marina at Chichester Harbour.

Upon its arrival, it was immediately lifted out of the water by a crane that had been made available.

The crew had earlier been called at 11.22pm on Friday (June 27) to a 38ft yacht named Rapscallion, 2.5 miles south of Langstone Harbour, which had reported a lot of water in the cabin.

There were two men on board and the bilge pumps were just keeping the water level down.

The lifeboat escorted the yacht to Portsmouth Harbour, where it arrived just before 1am on Saturday morning.

The final call was at 7.50pm on Sunday (June 29) to the 30ft yacht Tanya.

It was three miles south of Selsey Bill and had a major engine failure. The lifeboat towed the stricken yacht to safety at Chichester Harbour.