Services 2011

Launch number: 89   Boat(s) launched: Atlantic 85Date: Sunday 4th December

Launched: 14:16

Returned to station: 14:51

Weather: W F5

 

Information of service:

A request from HMCG to recover kite surfing equipment from Hayling Bay where the kite surfer owning the kit had already made his way ashore was received.  The crew assembled and the Atlantic 85 launched and made it’s way to the scene, but no kite surfing equipment was found in the area. After a short search and when it was clear there were no casualties in the water, HMCG stood the Atlantic down . At this point another Kite surfer arrived at Hayling RNLI Station to advise that they had discovered the kite offshore and subsequently recovered the kite from Hayling Beach. The owner of the kite was made aware by HMCG and they came to the RNLI station to collect their property . The Atlantic returned to station and was made ready for further service.

 


Launch number: 87/88

Boat(s) launched: Both Boats

Date: Sunday 13th November

Launched: 13:55

Returned to station: 14:25

Weather: E F5

Information of service:

Solent Coastguard requested the Launch of both lifeboats to search for a dinghy and crew from a Yacht found at anchor by the Chichester Harbour Patrol. The vessel was found on a mooring in an ‘untidy’ condition’ – keys in the ignition, sails poorly stowed, mobile phone left in cabin. The Solent Coastguard had already made enquiries as to where the Yacht owner was, tasking coastguard mobile units to the area, but with no-one found the lifeboat crew were paged.

Both boats were launched to commence a search from Camber Beacon to Itchenor reach.  At 14:15 however VHF transmissions were received advising that the individual had been found safe and well. Solent Coastguard stood down the lifeboats and they returned to station where they were made ready for further service.


 

 

Launch number: 86

Boat(s) launched: Atlantic 85

Date: Sunday 6th November

Launched: 13:26

Returned to station: 14:11

Weather: NNE F5

Information of service:

Solent Coastguard received a report from a member of the public with concern for two sailboarders about a mile offshore in Bracklesham Bay. The Solent Coastguard sent the Selsey coastguard mobile unit to meet the first informant. The Duty Launch Authority was still at the boathouse and he could see two sailboards sailing towards Chichester Harbour but spending most of the time in the water. He was asked to keep them under visual monitoring by Solent Coastguard. After some time both sailboards could now be seen together in the water and looking as if they were trying to swim ashore. The DLA contacted the coastguard to say that he was going to launch the Atlantic 85 and at the same time Selsey coastguard requested that the lifeboat be launched.

The crew were paged and the lifeboat Launched and proceeded to Bracklesham Bay. Once on scene the first sailboard was seen sitting on his board and taken on board the lifeboat with his rig, the second sailboard was also taken on board with his rig. Both were landed on the beach and into the care of the Selsey Coastguard. The lifeboat then returned to station and was made ready for further service.

 


 

 

Launch number: 85

Boat(s) launched: Atlantic 85

Date: Sunday 6th November

Tasked: 11:29

Returned to station: 12:06

Weather: NNE F6

Information of service:

The Atlantic 85 lifeboat had just returned from exercise and was being recovered up the beach when a member of the station personnel observed a small yacht go aground on the northern side of the Winner Bank and with the ebb tide on a lee-shore.

The lifeboat was soon launched and on scene and a crew member was put into the water to take the tow rope over to the yacht. Once the tow rope was secured the yacht was towed off the Winner Bank, with the lifeboat crew member boarding the yacht as it was towed off. The yacht was taken into deep water and taken alongside the lifeboat.

The crew member was taken back on board and the yacht continued unassisted on its passage to Chichester Yacht Basin. The lifeboat was stood down, returned to the station, and was made ready for further service.


 

 

Launch number: 84

Boat(s) launched: Atlantic 85

Date: Tuesday 11th October

Launched: 18:24

Returned to station: 18:50

Weather: W F5-6

 

Information of service:

While the lifeboat was being washed down from the previous service (Launch Number 83), Solent Coastguard phoned the boathouse to request the lifeboat be launched, following a report from Hayling Coastguard mobile to say that he could see another kite surfer in trouble off the Inn on the Beach. Two windsurfers had set off from the beach to assist him.

The lifeboat was soon launched, and once clear of the harbour entrance was directed to the casualty by the Hayling mobile unit.  Once on scene the person was taken on board the lifeboat together with his rig and landed on the beach into the care of the Hayling Coastguard.

The lifeboat returned to station and was made ready for further service.


 

 

Launch number: 83

Boat(s) launched: Atlantic 85

Date: Tuesday 11th October

Launched: 18.03

Returned to station: 18.15

Weather: W F5-6

Information of service:

Solent Coastguard requested launch following a 999 call from a member of the public reporting a windsurfer in trouble off the Inn on the Beach, Hayling Bay. The Hayling Coastguard mobile unit that was with the first informant updated Solent Coastguard the casualty was a kite surfer.

The lifeboat was launched and while crossing Chichester Bar, Hayling mobile reported that the casualty was safe ashore after being assisted by other wind surfers. The lifeboat returned to station and was made ready for further service.


 

 

Launch number: 82

Boat(s) launched: Atlantic 85

Date: Friday 7th October

Launched: 13:16

Returned to station: 14:28

Weather: F5 WNW

Information of service:

The Solent Coastguard requested the lifeboat to attend a power boat at anchor with engine failure 3 miles SW of the station. The Atlantic 85 was launched and made it’s way to the casualty. A crew member was put on board the vessel, the anchor lifted and the craft taken under tow to Sparke’s Marina, where they were met by the Hayling Coastguard.


 

 

Launch number: 81

Boat(s) launched: Atlantic 85

Date: Sunday 2nd October

Launched: 19.35

Returned to station: 20.40

Weather: S F2

Information of service:

Solent Coastguard requested we attend a 40 foot vessel with 8 people on board, which was trying to return to Northney Marina. The vessel had engine failure and there was insufficient wind for her to make passage up the main channel against an ebbing tide. The Atlantic 85 was launched and soon located the casualty and took her under tow to Northney Marina where they were made safe alongside. The lifeboat then returned to station.


 

 

Launch number: 80

Boat(s) launched: D-Class

Date: Sunday 2nd October

Launched: Whilst already on an exercise.

Weather: ESE F2
Information of service:
Whilst on a training exercise the inshore D-class lifeboat was tasked by the Solent Coastguard to assist the Hampshire Air Ambulance in a medivac (evacuation of a casualty).  The crew assisted the air ambulance to land and to recover a casualty who had fallen injuring themselves. The lifeboat then returned to take part in the further exercise.


 

 

 

Launch number: 78/79

Boat(s) launched: Both Lifeboats

Date: Saturday 1st October

Launched: 18.02

Returned to station: 18.06

Weather: ESE F3

Information of service:

Both boats were requested to launch by Solent Coastguard to look for a missing child off West Wittering Beach who was last reported in water. However shortly after launch Solent called via VHF to advise the child had been found safe and well ashore.


 

 

Launch number: 77

Boat(s) launched: Atlantic 85

Date: Thursday 29th September

Launched: 16:05

Returned to station: 17:10

Weather: SE F4

Information of service:

Solent Coastguard requested launch of a lifeboat in reponse to a call from a member of the public that a jet ski off East Wittering beach had been abandoned and that the two people on board were swimming ashore, but the informant had lost sight of the swimmers.

The Atlantic 85 launched and arrived on the scene, where they discovered the Jet Ski was chained to a buoy and a search was commenced. Solent Coastguard were then advised by a local fisherman, that the swimmers were ashore safe and well and that this was a planned event.

The lifeboat then returned to station.


 

 

Launch number: 76

Boat(s) launched: D-Class

Date: Sunday 25th September

Launched: 14:09

Returned to station: 14:40

Weather: S F4

Information of service:

The Solent Coastguard requested a launch following a 999 call from a member of the public saying that two people were cut off by the tide between East Head and West Wittering.

Solent Coastguard had been told by the first informant that one person was up to their waist. The lifeboat launched and proceeded to East Head and a fishermen on the shore pointed to the location of a person stuck on the mud on the Wittering side of Snow Hill Creek.

The casualties had been walking along the Wittering shore and decided to cut across to East Head, but they soon become bogged down in the mud. One of them, the male casualty, suffered from a balance problem could not manage to go any further. His female partner had managed to swim across to East Head and raise the alarm. One of the inshore lifeboat crew then went onto the mud, reached the male casualty and walked him to the lifeboat. He was taken on board and landed safely on the East Head shore.

After checking that no medical attention was needed the lifeboat returned to station and was made ready for further service.


 

 

Launch number: 75

Boat(s) launched: D-Class

Date: Saturday 24th September

Launched: 17:28

Returned to station: 17:41

Weather: SW F4

Information of service:

The Solent Coastguard requested the launch of the D-Class lifeboat, following a 999 call reporting two persons cut off by the tide between the East Pole Sands and the Winner Bank.

The D-Class lifeboat was launched and proceeded to the area and whilst en-route was informed that the two people were swimming to the shore.

The crew found the two people walking from the sea and made sure that all was fine and no medical attention was required and the lifeboat returned to station and made ready for further service.


 

 

Launch number: 74

Boat(s) launched: Atlantic 85

Date: Sunday 18th September

Launched: 12:30

Returned to station: 13:10

Weather: NW F3

Information of service:

The Solent Coastguard received a report from the police that a naked elderly man had walked across the road and was about to enter the water from the beach at East Wittering.

The lifeboats had just returned from exercise and were refuelling, but rapidly the Atlantic 85 was re-launched, proceeded to East Wittering and commenced a search along the beach.

This was soon called off after the Police found the man safe and well back at home after his dip in the sea!


 

 

Launch number: 73

Boat(s) launched: D-Class

Date: Saturday 17th September

Launched: 15:33

Returned to station: 15:45

Weather: WSW F6

Information of service:

The Solent Coastguard received a call from the West Sussex Police, who had in turn received a call from the ambulance service reporting that they were in attendance at Chichester Yacht Club. A laser sailing dinghy had capsized and the helm had been brought ashore with a broken femur. Two other sailors had also come ashore, one with a head injury.

Solent Coastguard requested the launch of the inshore lifeboat (ILB) to come to the area, as the reports they were receiving were confusing. The ILB was launched but very soon afterwards the coastguard called and told them to return to station as it had been confirmed that all sailors had been accounted for. The lifeboat returned to station and was made ready for further service.


 

 

Launch number: 72

Boat(s) launched: D-Class

Date: Saturday 17th September

Launched:10:50

Returned to station: 11:40

Weather: SW F6

Information of service:

As a continuation of Launch 71, the inshore life boat was launched to return the crew to their grounded yacht.

The D Boat stood by until the yacht re-floated at 11:20, and  the D boat then escorted the yacht out of the Harbour. It then returned to the station and was made ready for further service.


 

 

Launch number: 71

Boat(s) launched: D-Class

Date: Saturday 17th September

Launched: 07:00

Returned to station: 07:34

Weather: SW F5

Information of service:

A yacht had left Itchenor bound for it’s home port of Newhaven. However it cut across the corner of the Winner bank and the boat ran aground at about 05:30.

The skipper had never been aground in the yacht before and as the boat heeled over he was concerned that water would enter the cockpit and cabin.

The lifeboat was paged, launched and went alongside the yacht which was now firmly aground. The two crew were taken off and brought back to the lifeboat station. It was estimated that the yacht would re-float at 11:30 and agreed that the D boat will return the crew to their boat and assist them at that time (See Launch Number 72)


 

 

Launch number: 70

Boat(s) launched: Atlantic 85

Date: Saturday 17th September

Launched: 00:35

Returned to station: 01:47

Weather: W F5

Information of service:

A 1931 12 metre Harrison Butler sailing yacht was being transferred from Southampton to Birdham Pool for restoration work by her new Belgian owner. The boat ran aground on the Stocker Sands earlier in the evening and was just about to float off when the owner, who was alone, found he could not pull up the anchor as the capstan had broken.

He contacted the Solent Coastguard by mobile phone, who then paged the lifeboat. Once on scene two crew members were put on board who helped to pull up the anchor.

One of the crew piloted the yacht to Sparks Marina where she was secured on a pontoon. The lifeboat then returned to station and was made ready for further service.


 

 

Launch number: N/A

Boat(s) launched: Atlantic 85

Date: Friday 9th September

Launched:

Returned to station:

Weather: SSW F3

 

Information of service:

A request was received from the Solent Coastguard to search for a Paddle Boarder off the Witterings, who had been reported as being out of sight by a member of the public in failing light. This had been confirmed by an on-scene HM Coastguard Officer. However almost immediately the launch signal was given, the Paddle Boarder was seen to come ashore safely and Solent Coastguard issued a stand down instruction so no service launch occurred.


 

 

Launch number: 69

Boat(s) launched: Atlantic 85

Date: Thursday 8th September

Launched: 12:29

Returned to station: 13:10

Weather: W F5

Information of service:

A request was received from the Solent Coastguard to launch the Atlantic 85 in response to a report of two kite surfers in trouble off the ‘Inn on the Beach’ Hayling Island. The Atlantic 85 was launched and proceeded to the scene. Hayling Coastguard were on scene and reported that one of the casualties had made it ashore. The other kite surfer was located and assisted to the shore by the Atlantic crew. The Atlantic crew was then stood down by Solent Coastguard, returned to the station and was made ready for further service.


 

 

 


 

Launch number: 67/68

Boat(s) launched: Both D-Class and Atlantic 85

Date: Friday 2nd September

Launched: 13:37

Returned to station: 14.17

Weather: SW F3

Information of service:

Solent Coastguard requested a launch to search the Wittering shoreline for a missing five year old girl who was last seen at the waters edge. Both lifeboats were launched and proceeded to the Wittering area and started a shoreline search from East Head to West Wittering. The Atlantic Helm put two crew members ashore near to the last known location to help search the area until the Selsey Coastguard search team arrived. A Police helicopter arrived to help in the search. The child was however found safe and well on the beach by the mother. Both lifeboats were stood down and returned to station.


 

 

Launch number: N/A

Boat(s) launched: D-Class

Date: Sunday 21st August

Requested: 17:07

Cancelled: 17:10

Weather: WSW F5

Information of service:

Solent Coastguard requested a launch to search for a child reported missing for some time on the Wittering Beach possibly in the water. While on the phone, the child was found and the launch cancelled so no service launch occurred.


 

 

Launch number: 66

Boat(s) launched: D-Class

Date: Friday 19th August

Launched: 22:35

Returned to station: 23:34

Weather: SSW F3-4

Information of service:

The Solent Coastguard asked for the area north of the Cobnor Activity Centre in the Bosham Channel to be searched, as two yachts had reported that something had fallen from the sky creating a loud bang and a plume of water.

The D boat was launched to investigate, but nothing was found and the lifeboat returned to station.

The object was thought to be ice falling from an aircraft.


 

 

Launch number: 65

Boat(s) launched: Atlantic 85

Date: Sunday 14th August

Launched: 16:47

Returned to station: 17:30

Weather: SSW F5

Information of service:

Solent Coastguard requested a launch following a 999 call reporting a sailboarder in difficulties half mile out in Hayling Bay and drifting towards Chichester Bar Beacon. The lifeboat was launched and proceeded to Chichester Bar and started a search heading to the west.

The Portsmouth lifeboat which was returning from a previous incident was tasked to start searching from Langstone Harbour towards Chichester Harbour. The Portsmouth lifeboat located a sailboarder off Beachlands funfair in trouble and recovered him on board as he had injured his shoulder. The Hayling lifeboat started to recover this sailboard rig when the informant reported to the Coastguard that this was not the casualty. The lifeboat put the rig back into the water for the Portsmouth lifeboat to recover, went closer inshore and started a search back towards Chichester Bar, as the informant said that he could see the casualty close to Chichester Bar.

The lifeboat, when off Eastoke, spoke to two sailboarders, one fitting the description of the potential casualty, and a kite surfer, but they had not seen anything. The Portsmouth lifeboat crew when landing the first sailboard spoke to the first informant and reported that the casualty was further south, so the Hayling lifeboat then went to the Chichester Bar Beacon and started a search in that area. The informant then reported via the Portsmouth lifeboat, that he had been mistaken, and that in fact the ‘casualty’ was a racing mark in Hayling Bay!

The lifeboat then returned to station and was made ready for further service.


 

 

Launch number: 63/64

Boat(s) launched: Both Boats

Date: Saturday 13th August

Launched: 13:50

Returned to station: 14:50

Weather: SW F4

Information of service:

The Atlantic and D-Class were launched when a ‘Pan Pan’ emergency call was heard very faintly at the station. It came from a yacht and was informing us that an outrigger canoe had capsized about half a mile south of the harbour entrance. The Atlantic 85 was launched, proceeded to the area and found and collected 5 people who had already been picked out of the water by a passing rib.

The yacht had in addition picked up 2 other casualties from the water, had come into the harbour and held a postion just offshore the lifeboat station. As their radio was not working properly (and the reason for the faint message) they shouted to the shore that they had 2 people  from the capsize canoe on board who were very cold.The D-Class lifeboat had just refuelled so launched with blankets to transfer the casualties ashore, but the yacht insisted on continuing towards Sparks Marina.

The D-class lifeboat followed the yacht to Sparks Marina where all 7 casualties were landed from the two lifeboats. Out of the water and in the shelter of the marina they all warmed up and so no medical assistance was required. Both lifeboats then returned to station.

The capsized canoe was taken in tow by Hayling Rescue and beached at the lifeboat station, righted and then picked up later by the owners.


 

 

Launch number: N/A

Boat(s) launched: Launch Cancelled

Date: Thursday 11th August

Paged: 16:39

Cancelled: 16:47

Weather: WSW F6

Information of service:

Solent Coastguard requested a launch to  help a kite surfer about a mile offshore. The kite surfer was jumping off waves and had been seen to be at some height above the water, but after landing back into the sea had not got back on his board. The kite surfer was at a distance off the Inn on the Beach, and was  being blown into Hayling Bay.

As the lifeboat was being launched, Solent Coastguard cancelled the service as another kite surfer had gone out and towed him back to the beach near Beachlands funfair where they were met by the Hayling Coastguard mobile unit.


 

 

Launch number: 62

Boat(s) launched: Atlantic 85

Date: Wednesday 10th August

Launched: 18:46

Returned to station: 20:14

Weather: WSW 5-6

Information of service:

Solent Coastguard requested a launch to suport a yacht which was being towed by the Bembridge lifeboat and which was approaching Chichester Harbour from the SE. The lifeboat was launched and proceeded to Chichester Harbour Entrance to meet the Bembridge lifeboat.

A towline was passed abourd the yacht and the tow to the Bembridge boat slipped. The yacht was then taken in to Sparks Marina and met by the Hayling Aux. Coastguard who had made room for the yacht on a pontoon near the entrance.

The lifeboat then returned to station and was made ready for further service.


 

 

Launch number: N/A

Boat(s) launched: Launch Cancelled

Date: Wednesday 10th August

Paged: 13:29

Cancelled: 13:33

Weather: SW F4

Information of service:

Solent Coastguard requested the station to launch the Atlantic 85 to go to the assistance of a yacht aground on the Stocker Sands. The skipper was unable to lower his mainsail.

Whilst on the phone to the coastguard, a message was received that the Chichester Harbour Patrol Boat was on scene and coping with the situationand so the launch was cancelled.


 

 

Launch number: 61

Boat(s) launched: Atlantic 85

Date: Tuesday 9th August

Launched: 20:41

Returned to station: 21:15

Weather: NW F3

Information of service:

Solent Coastguard requested a launch to go to the support of an 8m Bayliner motor boat with engine failure in a position off East Head, Chichester Harbour.

The lifeboat was soon launched and proceeded to the vessels position, the vessels crew were taken onboard the lifeboat, a crew member was put onboard, and a towline passed and secured.

The vessel was taken in tow to Bosham, put on its mooring and the three people landed at Bosham Quay.

The lifeboat then returned to station and was made ready for further service.


 

 

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Launch number: 60

Boat(s) launched: Atlantic 85

Date: Thursday 4th August

Launched: 18:38

Returned to station: 19:25

Weather: W F5

Information of service:

On a request from Solent Coastguard the Atlantic 85 lifeboat was launched to go to the assistance of a yacht, originally on passage from Cowes to Dover, but attempting to enter Chichester Harbour due to engine failure.  

It was an ebb tide, and wind from the west was causing difficult conditions, resulting in one of crew becoming seasick and dehydrated. The Atlantic 85 arrived on scene south of the Chichester Bar, took the vessel in tow and brought her into the harbour. The vessel was taken to Sparkes Marina where it was met by the mobile coastguard unit and the RNLI Station paramedic who provided rehydration fluids for the seasick casualty.

The lifeboat then returned to the station and was made ready for service.


 

 

Launch number: 59

Boat(s) launched: D-Class

Date: Wednesday 3rd August

Launched: 19:15

Returned to station: 20:30

Weather: WSW F3

Information of service:

A request was received from the local Hayling Coastguard Mobile Unit to attend an incident involving two persons stranded on mud in an American style canoe, approximately 400 meters from shore.  The D-Class lifeboat was launched to give assistance in advance of the mud rescue team from Portsmouth Coastguard.

The lifeboat went as near to the casualties as possible and until water was too shallow and then the Helm made his way 800 meters across the mud to reach them.  Once he had established that no immediate assistance was required, he waited with the casualties for the arrival on scene of the mud rescue team.  He assisted the team to recover both casualties and their canoe and to take then to the Emsworth shore. The RNLI helm was then transported by road to Northney Marina where he was reunited with the lifeboat and crew.

The lifeboat then returned to the station and was made ready for service.


 

 

Launch number: 58

Boat(s) launched: D-Class

Date: Monday 2nd August

Launched: 21:45

Returned to station: 23:47

Weather: S F1

Information of service:

Hayling inshore lifeboat was requested to launch by Solent Coastguard, to investigate cries of ‘help’ heard by a member of the public and coming from a grounded yacht in the vicinity of Prinsted Point.

The lifeboat was launched and went to the area, and Hayling Mobile Coastguard Unit also arrived to interview the informant.  A search was completed and the helms of two potential ‘casualty’ vessels questioned. One vessel identified the other as being the source of the incident but the helm of that vessel denied all knowledge of the event, or of being involved. The lifeboat crew were stood down by Solent Coastguard.

The lifeboat returned to station and was made ready for sea.


 

 

Launch number: 57

Boat(s) launched: D-Class

Date: Sunday 24th July

Launched: 11:27

Returned to station: 11:52

Weather: W F4

 

Information of service:

Whilst the Hayling D-Class lifeboat was out on exercise, personnel at the station could see a small inflatable vessel with no-one on-board tied to the Inner Wreck marker on East Pole Sands. This is a common practice at this time of year as people fish for mackerel. Because no one could be seen for some time the Duty DLA informed the Coastguard who agreed that it should be investigated as the occupant could have fallen overboard.

Solent Coastguard called on VHF radio and asked the D-Class to proceed to the position. Once on scene the crew could see that a person was in the water above the wreck. The crew waited until he came back to his boat to make sure all was OK.

The owner of the dinghy was very apologetic as his ‘A’ flag had fallen off his boat.

The lifeboat then returned to the station and made ready for further service.


 

 

Launch number: 56

Boat(s) launched: D-Class

Date: Sunday 17th July

Launched: 08:08

Returned to station: 08:20

Weather: SW F7

 

Information of service:

Solent Coastguard received a 999 call from a member of the public on the Hayling shore just inside the entrance of Chichester Harbour reporting 4 people cut off by the tide on the Winner Bank/East Pole Sands. The Coastguard paged the lifeboat station to request a launch.

The DLA advised the coastguard that it was likely to be Bass fishermen that wade to the bank from a boat. Solent Coastguard was unable to get an Auxiliary Coastguard to the location to check for about 20 minutes and as the fishermen usually call them to advise they are fishing, it was agreed to launch the D-Class.

When the crew assembled they could see people on the bank but not the boat that is usually beached on the bank. The lifeboat launched and was soon on scene.  As it rounded the high point of the Winner, the crew could see the beached angling boat. The helmsman put a crewmember on the bank to check all was OK with the fishermen and asked them, in future, to give the Coastguard a call to let them know where they would be, as this would prevent the lifeboat being launched when not required.

The lifeboat then returned to station and made ready for further service.


 

 

Launch number: 54/55

Boat(s) launched: D-Class

Date: Saturday 16th July

Launched: 12:24

Diverted: 12:29

Returned to exercise: 13:45

Weather: SW F7

 

Information of service:

The Hayling inshore lifeboat (D-Class) had launched to go as a safety boat to the Langstone Ship Inn for the Annual Raft Race, when it was diverted to assist the Atlantic 85 lifeboat, who needed a sailboard casualty taken off so they could proceed to another request for support. The inshore lifeboat took the sailboarder and his equipment on-board and landed him at the Hayling Island Sailing Club.

The inshore lifeboat was then again needed to help the Atlantic 85 (see Launch 52/53). It was tasked to start a search from East Head towards West Wittering for possible people in the water from the capsized vessel off West Wittering. The lifeboat searched along the shoreline until it joined the Atlantic 85,  then both boats searched together until the Coastguards called off the search. The D-Class lifeboat assisted the Atlantic in towing the capsized vessel into shallow water. Both lifeboats then proceeded to the annual raft race.


 

 

Launch number: 52/53

Boat(s) launched: Atlantic 85

Date: Saturday 16th July

Launched: 12:10

Diverted: 12:15

Returned to exercise: 13:45

Weather: SW F7

Information of service:

The lifeboat crew were preparing to launch to attend as safety boats for the annual Langstone Raft Race, when Hayling Coastguard patrol vehicle (which was at the station) observed a sailboarder waving for assistance on the Winner Bank. The lifeboat was soon launched and on scene. The sailboarder and board were picked up by the lifeboat and were just about to proceed to Hayling Island Sailing Club when Solent Coastguard called to request another launch. The lifeboat immediately transferred the sailboarder to Hayling inshore lifeboat which was afloat and about to make its way to Langstone. The Atlantic was then able to proceed to West Wittering following a 999 call from the Sailboard Centre reporting a large capsized vessel in the surf.

Once on scene the lifeboat started a search of the area, and soon located the vessel submerged with just 2 feet of the bow showing out of the water. The lifeboat then started a search down tide and wind for any persons in the water.

The Hayling inshore lifeboat, after landing the sailboarder, joined the search heading from East Head towards West Wittering. The Selsey Coastguard unit arrived on the beach and started a search of the shoreline.  Shortly after, it was ascertained that the vessel was most probably the same one that had sunk at Chichester Harbour entrance the previous Sunday. Working together the lifeboats towed teh vessel into shallower water so the wind and tide would wash it onto the shore.

They then proceeded to the annual raft race.

 


 

 

Launch number: 51

Boat(s) launched: Atlantic 85

Date: Sunday 10th July

Launched: 16:11

Returned to station: 16:24

Weather: F5

Information of service:

The Atlantic 85 was launched at request of Solent Coastguard to go to a capsized sailing dinghy south of the West Pole Beacon. The Atlantic 85 arrived on scene to discover dinghy had been righted and was sailing under control. On investigation by the crew it was discovered that the dinghy sailors had deliberately capsized the boat to have lunch! The Atlantic returned to station, was re-housed and made ready for service.


 

 

Launch number: 50

Boat(s) launched: Atlantic 85

Date: Saturday 9th July

Launched: 14:37

Returned to station: 14:45

Weather: SW F5

 

Information of service:

A vessel was seen from the Lifeboat Station to have run aground on the Winner Bank. A  visual and radio watch was instigated and the crew were seen to be waving for assistance. The duty crew were paged and Solent Coastguard informed. The Atlantic 85 was soon launched and whilst under way Hayling Rescue arrived on scene, passed a line and towed off the casualty vessel who continued on their passage. The crew of the vessel did not require any assistance and the Atlantic 85 returned to station.


 

 

Launch number: 49

Boat(s) launched: Atlantic 85

Date: Thursday 7th July

Launched: 00:48

Returned to station: 01:45

Weather: SW F7-8

Information of service:

Solent Coastguard requested the Atlantic 85 lifeboat to assist a vessel that had run aground in Chichester Harbour. The skipper was single handed and had been struck by the boom during the grounding.  The Atlantic 85 was launched, reached the vessel, and once the crew had made certain that no first aid was required, re-floated the vessel and towed her to safety.

The Atlantic 85 then returned to station and was made ready for service.


 

 

Launch number: 48

Boat(s) launched: Atlantic 85

Date: Monday 4th July

Launched: 00:52

Returned to station: 01:38

Weather: NNE F1

 

Information of service:

Solent Coastguard requested a launch to go to a yacht at anchor at East Head in Chichester harbour, where a female was on board shivering in shock and needed to be taken off.

The lifeboat was launched and proceeded to East Head where it went alongside the yacht. An ambulance had been called and asked to go to Sparks Marina. Once advised by Hayling Coastguard mobile unit that the ambulance had arrived at the marina, the casualty was immediately transferred.

The casualty was landed into the care of paramedics and the other crew member of the yacht stayed on board with the dog!

The lifeboat returned to station and was made ready for further service.


 

 

Launch number: 47

Boat(s) launched: Atlantic 85

Date: Sunday 3rd July

Launched: 13:32

Returned to station: 13:41

Weather: SW F4

 

Information of service:

Solent Coastguard called Hayling boathouse to request immediate launch to a vessel that had put out a PAN PAN call asking for urgent assistance for a person with a head injury.

The crew were still on station following an earlier exercise.

The lifeboat was immediately launched, however, when the position was given it was ascertained that the vessel was in the approaches to Portsmouth Harbour and that Portsmouth lifeboat, Portsea rescue and the Coastguard helicopter were much closer.  The Coastguard stood Hayling lifeboat down.

The lifeboat returned to station and was made ready for further service.


 

 

Launch number: 46

Boat(s) launched: Atlantic 85

Date: Thursday 1st July

Launched: 18:27

Returned to station: 19:16

Weather: SW F4

 

Information of service:

Solent Coastguard received a call from merchant vessel Norstone reporting that he could see an inflatable tender near the Nab 7 deep water channel buoy and could not be sure if anyone was in it.  Solent Coastguard paged the duty DLA and requested launch of the Atlantic 85. The crew where paged and the lifeboat launched and proceeded at full speed to the reported position.

After a search of the area, the crew sighted a small contact that proved to be an Avon tender which had no one on board and looked as if it just come adrift. The lifeboat took it on board and headed back for Chichester Harbour.

The skipper of yacht Kudu who was just south of the Chichester Bar Beacon, was advised via VHF by Solent Coastguard that he had lost his tender and so held his position until the Lifeboat arrived and handed it over.

The Llfeboat then returned to station and was made ready for further service.


 

 

Launch number: 45

Boat(s) launched: Atlantic 85

Date: Thursday 30th June

Launched: 14:48

Returned to station: 16:13

Weather: SW F4

 

Information of service:

Solent Coastguard paged the duty launching authority to request launch for a 19ft angling vessel that had experienced engine failure and was at anchor in Bracklesham Bay.

The lifeboat was launched and once clear of Chichester Bar and the East Pole Sands the lifeboat made for the casualty position on the GPS and soon had him visual. The vessel was taken in tow to Langstone Harbour ferry pontoon on the Portsmouth side and met by Portsmouth Coastguard mobile unit where four of the casualties were landed.  The Atlantic then towed the vessel back to its mooring and landed the owner.

The lifeboat returned to station and was made ready for further service.


 

 

 

Launch number: N/A

Boat(s) launched: Launch Cancelled

Date: Sunday 26th June

Launched:

Returned to station:

Weather:

 

Information of service:

The Duty Launching Authority was paged a request to launch to a plastic boat reported in trouble in Hayling Bay, just off the Hayling Coastguard lookout. The lifeboat crew assembled but before the lifeboat was launched the Coastguard cancelled the request, as a passing boat had picked the people and boat up and landed them on the beach.


 

 

Launch number: 44

Boat(s) launched: Atlantic 85

Date: Sunday 26th June

Diverted: 11:42

Returned to station: 12:21

Weather: SE F2

Information of service:

Casualty vessel attracted the attention of the crew on the Atlantic lifeboat which was just returning to station after exercise.  The lifeboat proceeded to the vessel and found they had engine failure. An alongside tow was rigged and the casualty vessel and crew returned to their mooring at Hayling Island Sailing Club.

The lifeboat returned to station and was made ready for further service.


 

 

Launch number: 43

Boat(s) launched: Atlantic 85

Date: Saturday 25th June

Launched: 14:34

Returned to station: 15:51

Weather: WSW F5

Information of service:

Solent Coastguard paged the Duty Launching Authority to request launch to a yacht that had called for assistance on CH16 between the Target Wrecks East Pole Sands.

Hayling Rescue (Local Workboat) had responded to the vessels call, Chichester Harbour patrol boat also proceeded but was told to stay in the harbour entrance to act as safety boat for Hayling Rescue until the lifeboat arrived on scene. The lifeboat was soon launched and proceeded to the yachts position. Hayling Rescue was on scene towing the yacht to deeper water.

The lifeboat escorted the yacht and Hayling Rescue into Chichester Harbour and when in the harbour the lifeboat  took the yacht alongside and towed it into Sparks Yacht Harbour, where it was met by Hayling Coastguard Mobile unit.

The lifeboat returned to station and was made ready for further service.

The yacht was navigating from Chichester Harbour to Littlehampton with a print out from Google Maps. No life-jackets, one flare, but did have a VHF.


 

 

Launch number: 42

Boat(s) launched: Atlantic 85

Date: Wednesday 22nd June

Launched: 20:39

Returned to station: 21:22

Weather: WSW F5-6

 

Information of service:

A phone call was made to the boathouse from a member of the public on Hayling beach, reporting concerns about a kite surfer towards Chichester Harbour entrance who had been down for some time. The DLA took details, passed them to Solent Coastguard and advised them that he would be launching the Atlantic 85. The crew were at the station for a crew meeting so the lifeboat was soon launched and proceeded to search from the Harbour entrance towards the first informants position. The lifeboat checked out one kite surfer who was OK so continued the search. The Hayling Coastguard Sector Manager was called to go and speak to the first informant and between them could see the kite surfer nearing the beach. Once it had been confirmed that he was safe ashore, the lifeboat was stood down and returned to station to make ready for further service.


 

 

Launch number: 41

Boat(s) launched: Atlantic 85

Date: Tuesday 21st June

Launched: 19:21

Returned to station: 21:06

Weather: SW F6

 

Information of service:

Solent Coastguard received a call from a yacht via VHF Ch 16 which had experienced engine problems. The skipper said that he could not sail or make headway in the conditions towards Chichester Harbour. The Selsey lifeboat had also been launched as the yacht was not certain of its position. Once launched the yacht was seen south east of the outer wreck, East Pole Sands. The lifeboat arrived on scene at the same time as Selsey lifeboat.  Selsey lifeboat took the yacht in tow for Chichester Harbour with Hayling lifeboat escorting.  Once inside the harbour Hayling lifeboat went alongside and took the tow.  Selsey lifeboat was released to return to station and the yacht was taken to Sparks Yacht Harbour where they were met by Hayling coastguard mobile unit. The lifeboat then returned to station and was made ready for further service.


 

 

Launch number: 40

Boat(s) launched: Atlantic 85

Date: Sunday 19th June

Launched: 15:20

Returned to station: 16:43

Weather: WSW F5-6

 

Information of service:

A member of the public alerted the Coastguard and the lifeboat station, that an orange rib had broken down in the middle of Hayling bay. The crew were unsuccessfully trying to row ashore. The Atlantic 85 was launched and found the broken down rib one cable south of the Coastguard station. The skipper thought that he had a blocked fuel line or fuel filter. The lifeboat took the rib in tow and put it ashore at the Hayling Ferry Sailing Club at Langstone harbour entrance. The lifeboat then returned to station.


 

 

Launch number: 39

Boat(s) launched: Atlantic 85

Date: Sat 11th June

Launched: 17:32

Returned to station: 19:00

Weather: WSW F5

 

Information of service:

Solent Coastguard phoned the duty launching authority to request launch of the Atlantic 85 to a 11 metre yacht that had fouled its propeller in a position 1.5 miles SE of Chichester Bar. The lifeboat was soon launched and once on scene the yacht was found to have a lobster pot line around its propeller held fast to the bottom and being pulled down by the tide and stern to sea. A crewmember was put onboard and a line passed and made to the stern. The lifeboat towed the yacht to get some slack on the pot line, when this was slack the skipper of the yacht pulled it in with his boat hook and the lifeboat crewmember cut the line. As some rope could still be trailing from the prop-shaft the lifeboat took the yacht in tow and made for Chichester Harbour and on to Sparks Yacht Harbour. The vessel was secured and the lifeboat returned to station and made ready for further service. The yachts crew arranged for a diver to come and check the propeller and shaft.


 

 

Launch number: 38

Boat(s) launched: D-Class

Date: Sat 11th June

Launched: 15:21

Returned to station: 15:51

Weather: SW F6

 

Information of service:

The lifeboat crew were at the boathouse getting the boat hall ready for the past LOM’s retirement party when they were called by the crew of a small water jet powered speed boat that had broken down and had been blown onto a lee shore of the Winner Bank inside Chichester Harbour. The crew contacted the duty launching authority, who asked the helmsman to set off the pager. The lifeboat was soon launched and on scene and found the vessel had engine failure. It was decided to tow the vessel back to the lifeboat station so he could recover his boat. The lifeboat was then made ready for further service.


 

 

Launch number: 37

Boat(s) launched: Atlantic 85

Date: Monday 6th June

Launched: 13:19

Returned to station: 13:35

Weather: NNW F3-4

 

Information of service:

The coastguard received a mobile phone call from a yacht aground on the West Pole Sands at the entrance to Chichester Harbour. The skipper was unaware that the swash way had moved and as he cut the corner he ran aground. Fearing that the pounding from the swell would damage his old boat he asked for assistance.

The launching authority was paged, then the crew and then the Atlantic 85 was launched. Meanwhile the grounded yacht refloated on the rising tide and then made her way into Chichester harbour. The yacht and the lifeboat unknowingly passed each other just south of the launch site. A phone call from a member of the public alerted the shore crew at the station who called the lifeboat. The lifeboat came alongside the yacht put a crewman onboard who found all was well. The yacht proceeded on its way up to Cobnor and the lifeboat returned to station.


 

 

Launch number: 36

Boat(s) launched: Atlantic 85

Date: Sunday 29th May

Launched: 13:32

Returned to station: 13:50

Weather: SW F6-7

 

Information of service:

Solent Coastguard paged duty DLA in response to a report of a windsurfer in difficulty on Chichester Bar.

The DLA paged the crew and the Atlantic launched. The casualty was soon located and taken on board, casualty and equipment were brought back to Hayling lifeboat station.


 

 

Launch number: 34/35Boat(s) Tasked: Both BoatsDate: Sunday 22nd MayDiverted: 11:36

Returned to exercise: 12:02

Weather: WSW F7

 

 

Information of service:

Both the Hayling Lifeboats were on exercise when Solent Coastguard radioed the Atlantic 85 and asked them to proceed to the yacht off East Head which the lifeboat had been to earlier this morning. The three occupants had contacted the coastguard via Ch67 to say that they were starting to refloat but still very concerned as the vessel was extremely close to the drop off to the main channel and the water was close to coming over the cockpit. The lifeboat crew made sure all was OK, re-assured the crew and waited until the vessel had lifted and the crew happy to sit and float off. The Atlantic then continued on exercise.

 


 

 

Launch number: 33

Boat(s) launched: Atlantic 85

Date: Sunday 22nd May

Launched: 07:35

Returned to station: 09:00

Weather: WSW F6-7

 

Information of service:

Solent Coastguard requested the lifeboat launch to a yacht aground at East Head in Chichester Harbour, as the yachts crew were very concerned. The crew were paged and the lifeboat launched and proceeded to the casualty position. On arrival the crew found the yacht healed over at a very alarming angle.  The crew attempted to tow the yacht off but this failed. A new kedge anchor was put out to await the yacht re-floating with the tide, and the lifeboat returned to station. It was agreed that the lifeboat would return to the vessel while it was on exercise later in the morning to check progress.


 

 

Launch number: 32

Boat(s) launched: Atlantic 85

Date: Tuesday 17th May

Launched: 13:20

Returned to station: 14:15

Weather: SW F4

 

Information of service:

Solent Coastguard requested immediate launch of the Atlantic 85 lifeboat following a 999 call reporting that a person was in the water off Emsworth. The lifeboat was launched and proceeded at full speed up the harbour. When passing Marker Point the crew could see the Coastguard Helicopter hovering over the person at the top end of the Fawley channel. Once on-scene it was found that the person had managed to get back to shore and no medical was required. The lifeboat crew helped to recover the persons dis-masted dinghy and landed it into the care of the Hayling Coastguard, the lifeboat returned to station and was made ready for further service.


 

Launch number: 31

Boat(s) launched: Atlantic 85

Date: Sunday 15th May

Launched: 12:25

Returned to station: 14:03

Weather: NW F4

 

Information of service:

The Duty Launching Athority received a call to the station from HM Coastguard requesting assistance to a motor cruiser at anchor but with engine failure two miles East of Chichester Bar. The Atlantic 85 launched and proceeded to the casualty position. The vessel was taken under tow to Sparkes Marina, and the lifeboat returned to station and was made ready for service.


 

 

 

Launch number: 30

Boat(s) launched: Atlantic 85

Date: Monday 2nd May

Launched:

Returned to station:

Weather: NEE F7

 

Information of service: The lifeboat was diverted from the previous service to a kite surfer. The lifeboat found a safety jet-ski with a kite and its lines wrapped around it and the occupant some distance away trying to swim back to the jet-ski having lost his board.

The crew recovered him from the water and then returned to the jet-ski to assist. The West Wittering safety boat arrived and the lifeboat transferred the casualty to the safety boat and then returned to station.


 

 

Launch number: 29

Boat(s) launched: Atlantic 85

Date: Monday 2nd May

Launched: 14:09

Returned to station: 14:33

Weather: NEE F7

 

Information of service:

The Duty Launching Authority was watching a number of sailboards out towards East Pole Sands, when he noticed one approximately 1.5miles from the beach waving for assistance. He contacted Solent Coastguard to inform them that he was paging the Atlantic 85 to launch.

While the crew were assembling the DLA kept an eye on the sailboarder and could see that the West Wittering safety boat was alongside the casualty. Due to weather conditions, the large number of sailboarders and kite surfers in the location, combined with strong offshore winds and an ebb tide, the decision was made to launch and assist.

The sailboarder was taken aboard the safety boat and returned to shore.


 

 

Launch number: 28

Boat(s) launched: D-Class

Date: Sunday 1st May

Launched: 15:00

Returned to station: 14:41

Weather: NNE F5-6

 

Information of service:

The DLA observed a sailboarder about one mile south of West Wittering waving for assistance. Solent Coastguard was contacted and the D-Class lifeboat launched.

Once on scene the sailboarder was taken on-board with his kit and landed back at West Wittering beach. The lifeboat then returned to station and made ready for further service.


 

 

 

Launch number: 26/27

Boat(s) launched: Both Boats

Date: Sunday 1st May

Tasked: 11:30

Returned to exercise: 12:10

Weather: NE F5

 

Information of service:

Whilst on exercise Solent Coastguard called the Atlantic 85 requesting it to proceed towards Mengeham Rythe Sailing Club after a report that a dinghy sailor had capsized off Stocker Sands and then been run over by a 44ft motor boat who had not stopped. The D class was also tasked to the scene as it was close by. The persons injuries were not known but a club safety RIB had taken him on-board and transferred him ashore to waiting paramedics.

Both boats then returned to station.

The casualty was wearing a lifejacket and this gave him some protection from the impact. He was kept in hospital overnight with damaged ribs.


 

 

 

 

Launch number: 25

Boat(s) launched: Atlantic 85

Date: Friday 29th April

Launched: 19:13

Returned to station: 20:45

Weather: NE F5

Information of service:

The Duty Launching Authority was at the boathouse when he received a telephone call from the mechanic of the Selsey lifeboat which was towing a yacht towards Chichester Harbour after it had been towed off the Mixon Reef off Selsey. The Selsey Coxswain requested Hayling Atlantic 85 launch and take over the tow of the yacht at Chichester Harbour Entrance.

Following another call from Solent Coastguard it was agreed to launch at 19:00. The duty crew were contacted by telephone. The lifeboat launched and transferred the yachts crew from the Selsey lifeboat back to the yacht.  Hayling lifeboat took up the tow to Itchenor. Once safely secured onto the Itchenor pontoon the lifeboat returned to station and made ready for further service.


 

 

Launch number: 24

Boat(s) launched: Atlantic 85

Date: Friday 29th April

Launched: 16:14

Returned to station:

Weather: NE F4

 

Information of service:

Solent Coastguard paged the duty launching authority to request the launch to a 21ft angling boat 1.5 miles west of the Chichester Bar Beacon. The Coastguard had been calling any vessel in the area on VHF CH16 to take the vessel in tow but no vessels answered.

The crew were paged and the lifeboat soon launched and shortly after crossing the Chichester Bar could see the vessel. The vessel was taken in tow for Chichester Harbour to Sparkes Marina. After the vessel was safely alongside the lifeboat returned to station and made ready for further service.


 

 

Launch number: 23

Boat(s) launched: D-Class

Date: Wednesday 27th April

Launched: 14.51

Returned to station: 15.35

Weather: NW F4

 

Information of service:

A missing person was reported to the West Sussex Police at 0830 after going missing at 0730. Selsey coastguard, Selsey lifeboat, the coastguard helicopter and the police searched the Selsey area.

The Hayling lifeboat was tasked to search the shoe line from East Head towards Itchenor.

Having searched the shoreline and dunes at East Head the person was found by the police at Chichester Cathedral.

The Lifeboat returned to station and was made ready for service by 1545.


 

 

Launch number: 22

Boat(s) launched: Atlantic 85

Date: Sunday 24th April

Launched: 15:15

Returned to station:

Weather: WSW F2

 

Information of service:

Solent Coastguard requested a launch to a 6mtr motorboat broken down off the North West Winner buoy in Chichester Harbour with eight people on board.

The lifeboat came alongside the vessel and took it under tow to Sparkes Yacht Harbour where it was met by the Hayling Coastguard team.

The lifeboat returned to station and made ready for further service.


 

 

Launch number: 21

Boat(s) launched: Atlantic 85

Date: Sunday 24th April

Tasked: 11.33

Returned to station:

Weather:

 

Information of service:

Whilst on exercise, the attention of the crew was called to a motor boat in the main fairway to the harbour. The vessel had an item of old clothing around its propeller and was having difficulty clearing it. The lifeboat took the vessel alongside and clear of the main channel where a crew member entered the water and cleared the propeller. The vessel was then able to check and restart its engine.

The lifeboat continued on exercise before returning to station.


 

 

Launch number: 19/20

Boat(s) launched: Both Boats

Date: Sunday 24th April

Launched: On Exercise

Returned to station:

Weather: NNW F3

 

Information of service:

Both lifeboats had launched on exercise and noticed a yacht attempting to enter Chichester Harbour via the West Pole Sands swash way. The yacht was not close enough to the correct position and soon ran aground.

The lifeboat was asked to go to the yacht and attempt to tow it off while the D-Class stood-by. The yacht was towed off, continued on its passage and the lifeboats returned to exercise.


 

 

Launch number: 17/18

Boat(s) launched: Both Boats

Date: Saturday 23rd April

Launched: As service 13/14

Returned to station: As service 13/14

Weather: As service 13/14

 

Information of service:

After being stood down by the coastguard the lifeboats were re-tasked to a third missing child, the child was found safe and well on the beach. The lifeboats were stood down, returned to the station and were made ready for further service.


 

 

Launch number: 15/16

Boat(s) launched: Both Boats

Date: Saturday 23rd April

Launched: As Last service

Returned to station: As Last Service

Weather: As Last Service

Information of service:

Before the lifeboats had returned from the previous services Solent Coastguard re-tasked them back to West Wittering beach to search for another lost child who was quickly found.


 

 

Launch number: 13/14

Boat(s) launched: Both Boats

Date: Saturday 23rd April

Launched: 16:27

Returned to station: 17:25

Weather: SW F3

Information of service:

Solent Coastguard requested both lifeboats to launch to search for a 10 year old who had been missing for over 2 hours on the West Wittering Beach.

Both lifeboats were launched and began a search from East Head to the harbour entrance. After some time the child was found safe and well on another part of the beach.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Launch number: 12

Boat(s) launched: D-Class

Date: Wednesday 20th April

Launched: 20:05

Returned to station: 20:45

Weather: NW F2

Information of service:

A vessel  called the coastguard on a mobile phone indicating that they had engine failure and had ran aground on the West Pole Sands. The coastguard paged the duty launching authority who was holding a crew meeting at the lifeboat station.

The D boat was launched, took the casualty in tow and landed them at Hayling Island Sailing Club.


 

 

Launch number: 11

Boat(s) launched: D-Class

Date: Sunday 3rd April

Diverted at: 13.02

Returned to station: 13.25

Weather: SW F4

 

Information of service:

Whilst returning from Northney Marina, the attention of the Helmsman was drawn to a small RIB with the skipper waving frantically for assistance off Black Point.   The inshore lifeboat diverted and once alongside, established that the vessel’s steering had failed. A tow was soon set up and the casualty towed into Sparkes Marina.

Once safely secured alongside, the ILB returned to station.


 

 

Launch number: 10

Boat(s) launched: Atlantic 85

Date: Sunday 20th March

Paged: 14.55

Stood down: 15.15

Weather:

 

Information of service:

A member of the public came into the lifeboat station to comment on a yacht under motor attempting to cut the corner off the Winner Bank by going well inside the navigational markers. The yacht was kept under observation. After hitting the bank several times, the tide pinned the yacht to the bank. The crew was asked to prepare for launch but in the meantime the yacht became free and the skipper made his own way up the channel.


 

 

Launch number: 9

Boat(s) launched: Atlantic 85

Date: Sunday 20th March

Launched: 12.46

Returned to station: 13.41

Weather:

 

Information of service:

The skipper of a yacht telephoned the local chandlery as they were unable to get a response from Solent Coastguard to request assistance. The chandlery telephoned the Hayling lifeboat station and spoke to the LOM (lifeboat operations manager).

The LOM authorised the launch of the Atlantic 85. The crew were already on station so the lifeboat was launched quickly and proceeded to the reported position close to the West Pole Beacon outside Chichester Harbour entrance.

Once alongside, it was established that the skipper had no drive from his engine and seemed unwilling to sail back into the harbour. The lifeboat helmsman decided to take the vessel under tow and proceeded into harbour to Sparkes Marina where the yacht was secured alongside.

 

 


 

 

 

Launch number: 8

Boat(s) launched: Atlantic 85

Date: Sunday 27th February

Launched: 13.30

Returned to station: 14.00

Weather: N F3

Information of service:

The crew had just returned from the morning training

session when the lifeboat was tasked by Solent Coastguard

to a vessel constantly transmitting on VHF channel

16, blocking out potential emergency calls from other

vessels in the area. The lifeboat soon found the vessel

using the RDF (Radio Direction Finding) set on-board the

Atlantic 85. The owner was asked to turn his radio off

and get it looked at.


 

 

Launch number: 7

Boat(s) tasked: D-Class

Date: 20/02/2011

Launched: 13:45 (Already afloat)

Returned to station:

Weather: NW F3

Information of service:

While returning to station from the previous service Solent Coastguard tasked the D-Class to search for a missing person inChichester marina. With the tide falling the D-class carried out a search in the entrance to Chichester marina and the shore line along with the coastguard team on the shore and police. The coastguard helicopter was also scrambled, nothing was found and the lifeboat returned to station. After the Lifeboat had returned to station a body was found by the shore teams. For an external news release click here.


 

 

Launch number: 5/6

Boat(s) launched: Atlantic 85 & D Class

Date: Sunday 20th Feb

Launched: 13:35

Returned to station: 14:14

Weather: NW F3

 

Information of service:

Solent Coastguard received a 999 call from a member of the public walking around Eastoke point reporting a powered paraglider had crashed into the sea off the West Witterings. Both Boats were launched and arrived on scene shortly after, a canoeist and a paddle boarder had also sighted the person landing in the water and kept him afloat until the lifeboat arrived. The casualty and equipment were transferred from the D-Class to the Atlantic, both boats returned to station.


 

Launch number: 3/4Boat(s) launched: Atlantic 85 and D-ClassDate: Sunday 16th JanLaunched: 10:24Returned to station: 10:40Weather: S F6Information of service:Both the Hayling Lifeboats had launched for exercise the Atlantic 85 on the Winner and the D-Class going to the harbour entrance. When the D-Class rounded Eastoke Beacon the crew could see a person in the water waving for assistance. The lifeboat called the coastguard to inform them that they had picked up a sailboarder on the West Pole Sands. The Atlantic 85 immediately proceeded to the D-Class’s position to assist. The D-Class recovered the person from the water and came back into the harbour to land him just north of Eastoke point. While the D-Class was landing the casualty the Atlantic 85 recovered the sailboard and equipment and landed it back into the harbour. Both lifeboats then continued on exercise before returning to station.


 

 

Launch number: 1/2Boat(s) launched: Atlantic 85 and D-ClassDate: Monday 10th Jan

Launched: 17:24

Returned to station: 18:15

Weather: SSE F6 gusting F7

Information of service:
Following a report of a missing seven yr old boy off West Wittering, West Sussex. Solent Coastguard requested both lifeboats to be launched to commence searching the seas inshore off East & West Wittering, He was eventually found ashore safe and well and the Lifeboats, Coastguard Helicopter, Coastguard Team were all stood down.


Service Numbers 2017

Total Launches: 41
Atlantic 85: 30
D-Class: 21

Services Totals

2015 - 67
2014 -77
2013 - 86
2012 - 77

Tide Times

Tide Times & Heights for Chichester Harbour (Entrance) on Wednesday, 26 July 2017
High Tide: 01:53 ( 4.80m )
Low Tide: 07:22 ( 0.70m )
High Tide: 14:35 ( 4.90m )
Low Tide: 19:44 ( 0.90m )

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