Elderly couple rescued on their maiden voyage.

Boat Launched:   Atlantic 85

Date:   Wednesday May 23rd

Launched at :  15:00

Returned to station: 16:30

Weather: Sunny with WNW Force 3/4

An elderly couple were rescued by the Hayling Atlantic 85 lifeboat following a MAYDAY call as their boat was taking on water during passage from Bembridge back to Itchenor and in danger of sinking. The couple were taking advantage of the fine weather to undertake a maiden cruise to the Isle of Wight and were returning when their boat sprang a leak. The Hayling lifeboat was called out to go to their assistance and on arriving at the scene found that a small fishing boat had taken the 31ft yacht ‘Crescendo‘ in tow. A crew member was put  on board and found the skipper helming whilst the lady crew was attempting to cope with the incoming water which by this time was knee deep in the cabin.

The Hayling lifeboat put their salvage pump on board, and on the arrival of the Portsmouth RNLI lifeboat an additional pump was put on board. These removed excess water and coped with the water coming in which was pouring through the stern gland on the prop shaft, possibly caused by the boats engine shifting off its bearings.

The Portsmouth lifeboat then took over the tow from the fishing boat and with the Hayling crew on board the yacht, towed her to Sparkes Marina on Hayling. On arrival a decision was made to crane the boat out as the water was still pouring through the broken gland into the boat.

The lady crew member, who used to raise funds for the RNLI was very upset by the unpleasant incident. Jonathan Bradbury, Hayling Lifeboat Operations Manager said, ‘The skipper and crew were shaken by their experience and most grateful for the support and assistance provided by the RNLI, who prevented a maiden voyage becoming the final voyage for this yacht, and a more serious outcome for the crew.’

Once all were safe and secure at Sparkes marina the lifeboat returned to the station and was made ready for further service.


Service Numbers 2019

Total Launches: 84
Atlantic 85: 42
D-Class: 42

Services Totals

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

Tide Times
Tide Times & Heights for Chichester Harbour (Entrance) on Monday, 21 September 2020
High Tide: 02:31 ( 5.00m )
Low Tide: 08:02 ( 0.50m )
High Tide: 15:01 ( 5.00m )
Low Tide: 20:23 ( 0.70m )
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