Selsey lifeboats called to beached yacht at Pagham

Selsey RNLI inshore lifeboat Betty and Thomas Moore
Selsey RNLI inshore lifeboat Betty and Thomas Moore

VOLUNTEER lifeboat crews were launched to reports of a small yacht drifting close to the shore in the early hours of Sunday (July 21) morning.

The reserve Selsey all-weather lifeboat Hilda Jarrett launched at 12.28am 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 Betty and Thomas Moore was on 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.”

Both lifeboats were released back to station at 1.28am, arriving at Selsey at 1.50am.

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 

“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.”