Coastguard rescues man after his vessel runs aground

The UK Coastguard received a report that a 32ft yacht with one person on board had suffered engine failure and run aground on rocks off Bognor Regis on Wednesday evening.

HM Coastguard Littlehampton, Selsey Coastguard Rescue Team, Selsey Lifeboat Station and RNLI Littlehampton Lifeboat were sent to the scene

Due to the combination of the vessel’s precarious situation, the tide state, and prevailing weather conditions, neither of the two lifeboats could safely get close enough to the vessel to attach a line, or, remove the Master.

Littlehampton Coastguard carried out a technical water rescue. which involved three Coastguard Rescue Officers wading out to the vessel to rescue the lone sailor, an elderly gentleman who was starting to suffer from mild hypothermia. He was accompanied safely to shore, where he was treated by the South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and later transferred to hospital.

The vessel was secured by the Selsey and Littlehampton Coastguards and the Lifeboats were stood down.

The Coastguard Rescue teams were later stood down just after 4am. The Master of the vessel is arranging salvage and until the vessel is clear of its position, we are urging the public to keep at a safe distance from the yacht.