Selsey RNLI all-weather lifeboat launched to person in the water at Bognor Pier
UK Coastguard requested the launch of the all-weather lifeboat (ALB) on Saturday 21 October after receiving a report of persons in the water close to Bognor Pier.
The Selsey Shannon class lifeboat Denise and Eric with six volunteers on board launched at 2.05pm and made best speed to the Pier. The weather on scene was wind south westerly force 8-9 in rain showers, sea state rough. Also on scene was the Coastguard helicopter Rescue 175 and both Selsey and Littlehampton Coastguard teams.
The area was comprehensively searched by all the assets. At approximately 3.30pm two surfers who had been surfing earlier in the day made themselves known to the Police on scene after hearing the search was going on.
After comparing times it was concluded these were the two persons reported and at 3.36pm all units were stood down. Both Selsey ALB and Coastguard unit were re-tasked while returning to Selsey to investigate a windsurfer down in the water off Bracklesham bay but were stood down on route.
The all-weather lifeboat returned to station at 4.11pm and was rehoused washed down and made ready for the next launch by 5.15pm.The crew today were Coxswain Martin Rudwick,
2nd Coxswain Dave Lamdin, Mechanic Gary Pearce, Willy Pledger, Max Gilligan and James Albery.
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