Unmanned boat washes up on Selsey beach

An unmanned boat washed up on the shore of a Selsey beach yesterday (Tuesday April 16).

Wednesday, 17th April 2019, 10:50 am
Updated Wednesday, 17th April 2019, 11:57 am
The boat once it had been tied down. Picture via Selsey Coastguard Rescue Team

Crews from Selsey Coastguard Rescue Team attended the boat, which was partly submerged, at around 9am.

A spokesman for the Coastguard said the vessel had no connection to any missing person and that there is no concern for anyone's welfare.

Once they arrived teams tied a rope to the boat allowing the team to pull the vessel as far up the beach as they could. A new rope was secured to the vessel and it was tied off and secured.

Selsey Coastguard Rescue Team

A post on social media from Selsey Coastguard Rescue Team said: "*BEEP BEEP BEEP* CALLOUT! 30/2019 16/04/19 09:26

"Team paged to reports of a small vessel being washed ashore at East Beach Dive Ramp. On arrival the vessel was semi submerged and the request to launch the Selsey Inshore Lifeboat was made.

"The crew of the Lifeboat were able to affix a tow rope to the vessel and passed the line to us, together we managed to pull the vessel as far up the beach as we could. A new rope was secured to the vessel and it was tied off and secured.

"Arrangements are being made for the vessel to be removed from the beach. Thank you to the crew of the Lifeboat for their assistance this morning.

Selsey Coastguard Rescue Team

"In an emergency out at sea, on the beach, or along the coast dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard! #999Coastguard #Volunteers #AlwaysOnCall"