Yacht aground on the Winner Bank

Boat launched : Atlantic 85

Date : Sunday 2 December

Launched at : 15:13

Returned at : 15:30

Weather : Fine and sunny and calm with a NNW F1 wind

A lone skipper was out in his 10m yacht ‘Balase’ in the fine afternoon sunshine, intending to sail to the harbour mouth and back. With the vessel on autopilot the ebbing tide pushed the boat onto the north end of the Winner Bank and she ran aground. The skipper requested help as the tide was falling and both the Atlantic 85 and Hayling Rescue went to his aid. Hayling Rescue took a halyard and heeled the boat to reduce its draft whilst the lifeboat set up a tow and pulled ‘Balase’ off the bank.  Checks were made to ensure no water was entering the boat and she then went on her way back to Itchenor. The lifeboat returned to the station and having completed six call-outs during the 3 days (Fri-Sunday) was made ready for further service.

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Service Numbers 2018

Total Launches: 14
Atlantic 85: 9
D-Class: 5

Services Totals

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

Tide Times
Tide Times & Heights for Chichester Harbour (Entrance) on Monday, 20 May 2019
Low Tide: 06:18 ( 0.70m )
High Tide: 13:26 ( 4.80m )
Low Tide: 18:38 ( 0.90m )
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