Busy May Bank Holiday Monday

Boats launched : Atlantic 85 and D-Class

Date : Monday 6 May

Launched at :  Atlantic 85 12:48 and 22:09

D-Class 13:29

Returned at : Atlantic 15:20 and 23:09

D-Class 14:02

Weather : Fine and bright with a SSE F3 wind in the afternoon which had died to a SSE F1 at night.

The day started with a 5 metre motor boat with an adult and a young child on board. The boat had electrical failure so Solent Coastguard requested that we go to a position 1 mile south of Hayling in the bay. The Atlantic 85 was launched and soon found the casualty and took the young child on board the lifeboat, transferring a crew member onto the motor boat. A tow was set and the stricken vessel was towed towards Sparkes Marina with an arrangement for the Harbour patrol vessel to take the boat back to Northney Marina later on.

As the lifeboat and towed boat entered the harbour another call for the Atlantic was received so the D-Class was launched and took over the towed vessel to take it to Sparkes. The youngster was also transferred to the D-class which returned to the station when it had safely delivered them to the marina.

The new problem was a vessel with engine failure off the Nab Tower and in the main shipping channel, which with the Bembridge lifeboat already out on another service, meant Hayling lifeboat could reach them quickest. A fog bank was also closing in on the area and the vessel had an adult and a child on board. The Atlantic crew once on scene could not immediately see the casualty but by asking them to give a 1-10 count on their VHF were able to locate them using the RDF set. A  crew member went on board and set up a tow and the crew began to take the vessel back to Chichester Harbour. Sea Start had been contacted by the skipper and they had arranged to take over the tow which they duly did as the lifeboat had already been asked to deal with a further incident!

This next issue was to take over a tow from the Bembridge all-weather lifeboat. A 6 metre motor boat with a rope around its propeller and rudder had floundered on the Bembridge Ledge. It was arranged to meet 1 mile S of the Chichester Bar where the tow was taken over and the motor boat and crew safely taken to Sparkes Marina where they were met by the Hayling Coastguard. The Atlantic then returned to the station some hours after setting out.

The day was however not over as late at night a family contacted the Coastguard worried about their relatives who were well overdue from a day out in their boat. The Coastguard had already put out a PAN PAN call to all vessels and had made an extensive shore line search as far west as Hill Head. The casualties eventually contacted the Coastguard using a mobile phone and said they thought they were in Chichester Harbour at the top of the Emsworth Channel and that they had broken down. The Atlantic 85 was launched and soon found the crew clinging to the Emsworth Beacon. They took them in tow to Northney Marina where they were met, not harmed by their adventures by the Hayling Coastguard. The Atlantic 85 once again returned to the station where the crews were pleased to have had a successful and worthwhile day and also glad to be going home to their beds.


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 Saturday, 23 January 2021
Low Tide: 00:19 ( 2.10m )
High Tide: 07:04 ( 3.90m )
Low Tide: 13:26 ( 2.10m )
High Tide: 19:43 ( 3.80m )
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