Busy Sunday in August

Boats Launched : Atlantic 85 and D-Class

Date : Sunday 3 August

Launched at : 11:10, 16:55 and 14:29

Returned at : 12:43, 15:01 and 17:35

Weather : Fine but with a SW F5 wind

The day started with a ‘Mayday’ call from a yacht on E Pole Sands, reporting that the boat had gone aground and lost steering when she hit the bank. The Atlantic was launched and the D-Class diverted from an exercise to go and assist. The Atlantic stood off the boat in deeper water whilst the D-Class passed a tow to them and the Atlantic pulled them off. They had however broken the rudder and so the D-Class fetched a drogue to slow the boat when under tow and with a following wind over Chichester Bar. This was set and the casualty towed into the harbour and to Sparkes marina.

Mid afternoon a call from the Wittering Lifeguards was for a 5year old boy lost at W Wittering and last seen near groyne 18. The D-Class was launched and started a search along the beach with a crew member in the waters edge. Shortly however the child was found by a police unit 2 miles away in Shore Road so the lifeboat returned to the station.

At just before 5 o’clock a call was made from the Solent Coastguards about an open boat just to the East of Rookwood Buoy which appeared to have a fire on board. The Atlantic 85 was quickly on scene together with the Harbour Patrol vessel but the fire was apparently out and so the Harbour Patrol vessel took it in tow for Bosham, where it was arranged to have the Fire and Rescue Service meet them and check the casualty over.


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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