Laser dinghy crew in trouble

Boat Launched : Atlantic 85

Date : Monday 17 September

Launched at : 17:28

Returned at : 19:40

Weather : Dry and good visibility with a F5 SW wind.

Solent Coastguard were called by the yacht ‘Benvenuto’ which had picked up two crew from a capsized Laser sailing dinghy off the harbour entrance. The yacht had taken the dinghy in tow and had the two casualties in the cabin but they were concerned about them suffering from mild hypothermia. The Atlantic 85 was launched and met the yacht at East Head, took the casualties off and returned them to the Lifeboat Station where they were met by the Hayling Community Responders and shortly after by an ambulance. After a thorough check the two dinghy sailors were pronounced to be alright and not needing to go to hospital, so the coastguards arranged for them to be collected.

Meanwhile the Atlantic 85 had returned to the rescuers on board ‘Benvenuto’ to take the dinghy from them and towed it to Thorney Island Sailing Club from where the two sailors had set out. They made it secure above the high water mark and then returned to the station to make 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 Sunday, 27 September 2020
Low Tide: 01:59 ( 1.80m )
High Tide: 09:35 ( 3.90m )
Low Tide: 14:29 ( 1.80m )
High Tide: 22:06 ( 3.90m )
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