A lifeboat station has operated in Selsey since 1861; the original lifeboat was launched over the beach on skids. Changes have been made to the lifeboat station over the years, including different types of boats and various methods of launch. Over its long history, Selsey crews have been presented with many awards for gallantry. During the Second World War the Selsey Lifeboat, Canadian Pacific, was launched 50 times.
In 2016, the inshore boathouse was demolished to make way for the new onshore Lifeboat station in 2017. Today’s lifeboat station at Selsey operates an all-weather Shannon class lifeboat (AWL 13-20 ‘Denise and Eric’) and a D class inshore lifeboat (ILB D-827 ‘Flt Lt John Buckley RAF’).
The Selsey Photo Archive contains numerous examples of Selsey’s various lifeboat stations, boats and crew.
More details can be found at https://www.selseylifeboats.co.uk