Yacht taking on water in trouble

Boats launched : Atlantic 85 and D-class

Date : Saturday 1 December

Launched at : 14:23

Returned at : 16:05

Weather : Clear and with some light cloud but with a cold WNW F4 wind.

The skipper of the yacht ‘Tapestry’ called the Solent Coastguard to report that he was taking on water and to ask for assistance. The Atlantic 85 went to her aid and found the water level was already at the bunk tops and the yachts own bilge pumps were not coping. The lifeboat salvage pump failed and so the yacht was taken in tow and the D-Class boat was launched to recover the salvage pump and bring it back for repair. Fortunately Hayling Rescue met the lifeboat and had another salvage pump which then stemmed the rise of the incoming water. The next problem however was that there was no crane driver available at Sparkes Marina. A driver was located at Northney Marina and came with all speed to Sparkes, the lifeboat towed ‘Tapestry’ into the marina, and she was lifted out of the water to a safe haven on shore. The water was found to have been entering through a damaged stern gland.

Both boats then returned towards the station but teh Atlantic 85 was called out on another task.

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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 Wednesday, 17 July 2019
Low Tide: 05:43 ( 1.10m )
High Tide: 12:53 ( 4.50m )
Low Tide: 18:01 ( 1.30m )
High Tide: 00:54 ( 4.50m )
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