Selsey RNLI lifeboat launched to report of red flares in Bracklesham Bay
The Selsey all-weather lifeboat (ALB) Denise and Eric was launched for the 2nd time today Saturday 21 October after the UK Coastguard received a report of red flares sighted in the Bracklesham bay area.
The ALB launched at 7.05pm with a volunteer crew and proceeded to the area and conducted a search from Selsey to Chichester harbour and into to the harbour with nothing found. The weather on scene was wind south westerly force 8 gusting 9 good visibility out of the showers sea state rough.
At 8.48pm the UK Coastguards stood the lifeboat down with thanks. The ALB returned to station at 9.40pm and was rehoused and made ready for the next call by 10.45pm. The crew tonight were Coxswain Martin Rudwick, 2nd Coxswain Dave Lamdin, Mechanic Gary Pearce, Willy Pledger, Kristina Dolan and Harry Emmence.
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