Searching for a kayaker in trouble.

Boats launched : Atlantic 85 and D-Class

Date : Sunday 14 April

Launched at : 17:53

Returned at : 18:05

Weather : Clear but with a F4 SSW wind

A 999 call was made to the Solent Coastguard to alert them to a kayaker in difficulties, who it was thought might become detached from his kayak. The position of the kayaker was said to be off Itchenor and so the Atlantic 85 was launched and set off towards Itchenor but as the crew were passing East Head the Coastguard relayed an update that the casualty was off West Wittering. The Launch Authority phoned the coastguard to check on the information received and since the two possible locations were so far apart he launched the D-class lifeboat since it can come further inshore off the Witterings and sent it to search for a possible second casualty.

After a brief period of time and an initial search the coastguard informed us that the kayaker had made it ashore between West Wittering and East Head where he had been met by the Selsey CG Mobile Unit. Both lifeboats therefore returned to the station.


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 Thursday, 21 January 2021
High Tide: 05:00 ( 4.10m )
Low Tide: 10:32 ( 2.00m )
High Tide: 17:20 ( 3.90m )
Low Tide: 23:01 ( 2.00m )
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