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Selsey RNLI crew get to the seat of the problem.

Lifeboats News Release

At 6.00pm on Monday 5 August the Selsey D class lifeboat launched after a crew member had reported to the UK Coastguard a blue object in the sea approximately ¾ of a mile east of the station.

Inflatable armchair recovered in front of lifeboat

RNLI/Max Gilligan

Inflatable chair recovered by Selsey RNLI

The weather on scene was wind south west force 4 with good visibility. The D class was quickly on scene and found an inflatable armchair. After recovering the chair the Coastguards requested the lifeboat conduct a search of the immediate area. The Coastguards checked the log for today and the chair had been reported to them at 9.00am by a vessel that was unable to recover it.

The D class was released at 6.30pm and returned to station at 6.40pm with the chair. The crew today were Helmsman James Albrey, Max Wiseman, Kristina Dolan and Harry Emmence.

Helmsman sitting in the chair

RNLI/Kristina Dolan

Helmsman trying the seat out for comfort

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