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Selsey RNLI all-weather lifeboat aids yacht with steering failure.

The lifeboat crew were paged by Uk Coastguard (Dover) to go to the assistance of the 9 metre yacht Silver Shamrock which had lost its rudder 21 miles south east of Selsey Bill.

The all-weather lifeboat (ALB) with a crew of seven volunteers left the moorings at 7.09pm on Saturday 29 April. The Silver Shamrock had a crew of two aboard who were competing in race from Cowes (Isle of Wight) to Le Havre (France). The ALB arrived on scene with the casualty vessel at 8.27pm. The weather on scene was wind

Easterly force 5-6 with moderate to rough sea.

Due to the conditions and size of vessel the lifeboats casualty drogue was passed to the yacht to help control it during the tow. Once a tow was established between the two vessels at 8.43pm the tow commenced to Chichester Harbour. During the passage to Chichester the towing speed was reduced below 2 knots with several adjustments needed to the towline.

At 1.10am Bembridge Lifeboat relieved Selsey lifeboat and took over the tow in a position 5 miles east of the Nab Tower initially making for Portsmouth harbour but on route this was changed to Cowes. The Selsey lifeboat continued on to Sparkes marina in Chichester harbour arriving at 2.15am where they stayed until 7.05am before returning to the moorings at Selsey arriving at 7.45am.

The crew for this call were Coxswain Martin Rudwick, 2nd Coxswain Willy Pledger, Mechanic Phil Pitham, Craig Sergeant, Sam Troughton-smith, Andy Lee, and Harry Emmence