Fishermen under the direction of the local militia rowed out to the stricken vessel, an exploit that led to the foundation of the Hayling Island Lifeboat Station. We used a Cornish pilot gig kindly made available by Mike Gilbert and rowed out to a 'stricken' boat moored off the beach. Then the latest rescue services including the inshore lifeboat, the offshore lifeboat and the helicopter roared in. It was all very dramatic. Ron Williams took the pictures.