UPDATED: The volunteer crew of Selsey RNLI have, rather unusually, been tasked to assist a yacht hard aground on Ryde Sands tonight (Friday).
Shortly before 19:20 a large yacht hit a sand bank off Ryde, causing the vessel to list to one side.
Coastguard Rescue 175 – a search and rescue helicopter based out off Lee-on-Solent – kept a watchful eye over the casualty for a short while before contining its training exercise.
The yacht at this time was being tended to by a passing boat and Seastart. However, the vessel proved too large for Seastart’s RIB forcing the call for assistance from an All Weather Lifeboat.
Normally Bembridge RNLI’s Tamar-class lifeboat would be tasked with such a job, but the lifeboat is currently engaged with another incident some 25 miles south of Ventnor.
The unfortunate situation has prompted Solent Coastguard to task Selsey RNLI’s Shannon-class lifeboat to tow the yacht free of the sandbank and to the nearest port of safety.
UPDATE @ 22:48 – Selsey Lifeboat has successfully towed the yacht to the safety of Haslar Marina, Gosport.
The cowswain is now guiding the ALB and it’s crew on the long journey back to Selsey boathouse.