‘Sunny Spell’ on fire ?

Boat launched : Atlantic 85

Date : Tuesday 22 July

Launched at : 12:25

Returned at : 13:20

Weather : Fine and sunny with a F3 ENE wind

The Atlantic 85 was launched in response to a ‘PAN PAN’ distress call from a small open motor boat called ‘Sunny Spell.’ Solent Coastguard requested the launch as the motor boat had reported a suspected fire, but further discussions between the skipper and the Coastguard decided it would not be necessary to call out the Fire & Rescue Service. The Atlantic 85 reached ‘Sunny Spell’ and released a motor boat and a safety boat from the Moth World Championships that were standing by in case they were needed. The lifeboat helm went on board and together with the skipper looked inside the engine compartment. They found that a cooling hose had come adrift, spraying sea water all over the engine and ‘cooking’ the HT and 12V electrical leads.
It was decided to carefully tow the vessel into Chichester Harbour and following the ‘suspected fire’ procedures a Fire & Rescue Incident Officer was asked to attend but not the Rescue Engine and crew. The motor launch was beached off the Lifeboat Station and the F&R Officer was taken to the boat and certified that there was no fire, so ‘Sunny Spell’ was taken in tow to Sparkes Marina.

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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 Tuesday, 20 August 2019
High Tide: 02:50 ( 4.40m )
Low Tide: 08:19 ( 1.10m )
High Tide: 15:17 ( 4.40m )
Low Tide: 20:32 ( 1.30m )
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