The Selsey Lifeboat being pulled back into the boathouse

Malcolm Chant

Joined September 2008

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The lifeboat being pulled back up the ramp into position for the next shout, this call out was for an incident on a Yacht last Sunday.
(The sun was right in the lens so it’s not the best of shots)

During the Second World War the station had a busy time. The Watson-class lifeboat RNLB Canadian Pacific made many trips to rescue pilots from fallen aeroplanes and was launched on service 50 times. In one rescue on the 11 July 1940, the lifeboat saved the life of Squadron Leader John Peel, the commanding officer of 145 Squadron based at Tangmere He was forced to ditch his Hurricane (P3400) into the sea off Selsey Bill after sustaining damage in a fight with German Bombers. Peel was in the water with just a Mae West life saving jacket, but he was pulled from the water by Canadian Pacific only minutes after ditching. Canadian Pacific remained on station until 1969 and records show that she went on 286 services and rescued 157 lives.


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