Collision between two RIBs

Boat launched : Atlantic 85

Date : Tuesday 26 July

Launched at :16:45

Returned at : 18:00

Weather : F4 SW wind and fine.

After a windsurfing competition 10 young people were returning to Thorney Island Sailing Club on 3 RIBs. On passing W Pole Beacon the first RIB turned South but the second RIB continued East being hidden by waves from the first RIB.¬† The two collided and the 4 crew on the first RIB all ended up in the water. The helm on the second RIB made a Mayday call for assistance and the Atlantic 85 was launched¬† and reached the scene to find all 4 casualties were out of the water. The first RIB was damaged and so left anchored and all of the crews from the 3 RIBS were taken to Sparkes Marina to be met by the Hayling Lifeboat’s paramedic. Because of a delay in getting an ambulance to the Island the Rescue Helicopter was tasked but an ambulance arrived before the helicopter. Three were injured and they were taken to hospital and after a debrief at the Lifeboat Station the remaing 7 crew involved were transported back to Thorney Island by minibus.


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) onSunday, 11 April 2021
Low Tide:05:09 ( 0.90m )
High Tide:12:27 ( 4.60m )
Low Tide:17:28 ( 0.80m )
High Tide:00:43 ( 4.80m )
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