Selsey Lifeboats answer early morning call from stricken tug boat

A lifeboat crew from Selsey RNLI came to the rescue of a tug boat after receiving an early morning distress call.

Selsey Coastguard stock image
Selsey Coastguard stock image

The UK Coastguard (Solent) paged the lifeboat crew at 3.10am on Friday, January 20 requesting the all-weather lifeboat launch to the assistance of the 47ft tug boat General Six, with three people aboard.

The crew of the stricken vessel reported machinery failure and were drifting approximately five miles south west of Selsey Bill.

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With no radio contact with the vessel, the Selsey crew headed at best speed to the given position and once on scene quickly located the vessel at 4.10am.

After checking the crew of the General Six were fit and well a line was passed to the tug boat and a tow was established.

At 5.15am the General Six was safely berthed in Chichester Harbour.

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