Lifeboat is kept busy in Pagham with two calls

VOLUNTEER lifeboat crews were launched to reports of a small yacht drifting close to the shore in Pagham.

The reserve Selsey all-weather lifeboat Hilda Jarrett launched at 12.28am on July 21 to investigate reports of a yacht drifting close to Pagham beach.

The lifeboat arrived on scene at 12.59am to find the 32-foot yacht Menhor Menhor aground at the entrance to Pagham Harbour. Unable to get close to the casualty because of shallow water, the Selsey inshore lifeboat (ILB) Betty and Thomas Moore was requested and was at the scene at 1am.

“The crew got as close to the casualty as possible which was now almost high and dry,” said lifeboat press officer Ruth Troughton-Smith.

“They walked around the vessel and reported no obvious damage. On speaking with the lone skipper owner it transpired he had anchored off of Bognor and gone to bed unaware that his anchor wasn’t holding.

“He was quite happy with his situation and assured the ILB crew he was confident in re-floating on the next tide.”

Voluntary Worker was crewed by coxswain Martin Rudwick, Dave Lamdin, Geoff Mellett, Colin Pullenger, Will Moir, Craig Sergeant and Sam Troughton-Smith.

Betty and Thomas Moore was crewed by helmsman Gary Pearce, Andy Lee and Sasha Borg

“It just goes to show that no matter how experienced you are or how well you may plan your journey,” said Ruth.

“You never know when you will need the services of the RNLI.”

The lifeboat has been kept busy in Pagham as another call was made four days earlier.

A worried wife called for help after she lost sight of her husband enjoying a dip in the sea off Pagham Yacht Club.

When the Selsey Lifeboat crew went out to find him at 3pm, they found him happily swimming some 30 metres from the beach.

“The swimmer was surprised to see us as he was unaware that his partner was worried about him,” said 
lifeboat helmsman Gary Pearce.

“When we went alongside, he was quite happy to carry on swimming back to the beach.”

The ILB Betty & Thomas Moore was crewed by Gary Pearce, Chris Harvey and Sam Troughton-Smith.