The lifeboat was called to save a yacht which was having a machinery failure.

Selsey’s all-weather lifeboat (ALB) was launched just after 6pm on Tuesday April 4.

The UK Coastguard requested the launch after receiving a call from a 33ft yacht with two people aboard reporting they had machinery failure and had insufficient wind to make headway against the tide.

The Coastguards were concerned the vessel would drift on to the nearby Mixon reef off the coast near Chichester.


The boat reached the harbour entrance was reached at 7.50pm and once inside the harbour the yacht was brought to an alongside tow for the passage to Sparkes marina Hayling Island.

The yacht was safely berthed alongside with the help of Hayling Coastguard Rescue Team just after 8pm.

The Selsey ALB was then released to return to station.

The ALB arrived back at station at 9pm and was recovered straight away was down refuelled and made ready for service.