BEMBRIDGE RESCUE BOAT IS PART OF MOST IMPORTANT SEARCH FOR THE MISSING KAYAKER OFF SELSEY – Island Echo
Bembridge RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat was at sea for more than 9 hours last night (Saturday) as part of a major search and rescue operation to locate a missing kayaker off Selsey, West Sussex .
Volunteers launched the lifeboat at the request of the Solent Coast Guard at 7.20 p.m. to join other rescue facilities undertaking a search for Shane Davies, 33, east of the Isle of Wight.
It was reported that a 2-person kayak capsized at 3:30 pm about half a mile south of the Selsey Lifeboat Station; 1 kayaker was recovered unharmed by a jet ski but Shane, who was wearing a red buoyancy aid, was missing. The 2 kayakers had separated after swimming for about 90 minutes.
Bembridge’s Tamar-class lifeboat joined 2 Selsey, 1 Littlehampton lifeboats and Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter 175 to sweep the area, but to no avail.
At 10:45 p.m., the Bembridge volunteer team was reassigned to search the shore east of Pagham. At the same time, HM Coastguard’s fixed-wing aircraft was deployed from Doncaster to continue research in the wider area.
After being relieved by Hayling RNLI’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat at around 04:30 this morning, the “Alfred Albert Williams” returned to the Offshore Boathouse at Bembridge and was relocated at 04:50 after approximately 9 hours at sea.
Shane is described as white, about 5’9 ” tall, of medium build with brown hair. He was wearing camouflage shorts, a multi-colored tank top and a red life jacket.
Anyone who sees him or knows where he might be is asked to report it online or call 101, quoting Sussex Police 1290 series from 6/12. In case of emergency, call 999.