Services 2015

2015 Services

Two yachts are towed in.

Boat launched : Atlantic 85

Date : Thursday 26 February

Launched at : 17:15

Returned at : 18:26

Weather : Wind F5/6 SW with a big sea running.

A 35ft yacht ‘Moon Tiger,’ had gone to the assistance of a second 35ft yacht named ‘Third Wave’ which had engine trouble. ‘Moon Tiger’ started to tow her towards safe harbour but experienced difficulties herself.  Selsey all-weather lifeboat was called out and took both yachts in tow but found in the weather conditions, that the second yacht in the tow line was shearing about and the tow was in danger of breaking. Hayling Lifeboat was therefore asked to assist, took over the tow and brought ‘Third Wave’ into Chichester Harbour and Selsey Lifeboat towed in the other yacht. Both yachts were taken to Sparkes Marina and then the lifeboats returned to their respective stations.


Fishing boat is swamped by waves.

Boat launched : Atlantic 85

Date : Monday 23 February

Launched at : 14:14

Returned at : 15:20

Weather : Quite rough with a F5 WSW wind.

The commercial fishing boat ‘Horizon’ had finished fishing and was running downwind at the W end of Hayling Bay. Based in Portsmouth the skipper turned into the wind and waves to make for his home port. A big rogue wave caught the catamaran and broke over the bow filling a large plastic holding tank situated on the forward deck. This caused the boat to be bow down and so more waves started to break over the deck causing the skipper to turn back so she went downwind and with the waves. The boat was still bow heavy however and waves came in over the starboard side where there was little freeboard and began to get below into the starboard hull. A MAYDAY call was made for assistance and both Portsmouth and Hayling Inshore Lifeboats were launched, and the S&R Helicopter was paged. The lifeboats  reached the casualty at the same time and both put crewmembers on board with salvage pumps. Once the pumps were running and emptying some of the water the boat became more manageable and was able to proceed into Chichester Harbour escorted by the lifebaots. The helicopter, now not needed returned to base. ‘Horizon’ was taken into Sparkes Marina where the pumping out was completed and then the lifeboats returned to their stations.



We rescue 4 adults, a child and a dog from yacht on fire on New Years Day

'All Spice' towed by the lifeboat.

‘All Spice’ towed by the lifeboat.

Joint skippers Hugh Thomas and Jason Williams with their wives, Hugh’s daughter aged 12 and dog ‘Monty Musto,’ went to enjoy taking part in the New Years Eve celebrations in Cowes, but on their return on New Years Day suffered an overheating engine off Chichester Harbour entrance.

The group left their mooring in Itchenor in fine but breezy conditions and sailed their Moody 29 yacht ‘All Spice’ over to the Isle of Wight without incident. They had a good evening seeing in the New Year and then on New Years Day set out in a fresh SW wind to sail back to Itchenor. There were some rough seas off Langstone Harbour and again as they approached Chichester Bar Beacon so the skippers decided to start the inboard engine to give the boat stability for the harbour entrance. All went well for a while and then smoke/steam began issuing from the engine compartment and filling the cabin.

They immediately made a Mayday call to the Coastguards having had to turn the engine off and the boat was then left in the moderately rough seas without momentum. The Hayling Island RNLI Atlantic 85 lifeboat was launched and reached the casualty vessel together with the Hayling Rescue rib. Lifeboat crew went aboard and the crew of ‘All Spice’ including ‘Monty Musto’ were taken off into Hayling Rescue vessel and transferred to the lifeboat station, whilst the RNLI crew assessed the possible fire situation. A tow was established and the Fire & Rescue Service paged to meet the vessel off the Lifeboat Station.

Once ashore at the station the crew were able to relax and keep warm whilst the lifeboat team and the Fire & Recue team confirmed that the ‘fire’ was out and that it was safe to take the yacht to Sparkes Marina where a further more detailed inspection took place. It was found that a raw water inlet hose had sheared off and the exhaust system was then over heating as well as the engine causing the smoke and steam in the cabin.

Mrs Rena Williams who was inside the cabin when the engine was overheating and was greatly concerned by the incident said ‘ It was pure relief to see the rescue boats arriving with us in quite rough conditions. I want to express our gratitude to the RNLI and Hayling Rescue for their prompt action.’ ‘Monty Musto’ seemed more concerned with the biscuits at the lifeboat station however!


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 Tuesday, 29 September 2020
Low Tide: 03:40 ( 1.40m )
High Tide: 11:29 ( 4.50m )
Low Tide: 16:03 ( 1.40m )
High Tide: 23:40 ( 4.40m )

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