Littlehampton is one of seven stations operating a lifeboat funded by viewers of the BBC television programme Blue Peter. As well as providing local search and rescue coverage, crew members also provided humanitarian help during flooding in East Pakistan over 35 years ago.
This station is classed as an Explore station. Explore stations offer the best visitor experience. With free access, you can go inside and look around the station, see the lifeboat and, in most cases, pre-book a tour. They are normally open all year and have an RNLI gift shop.
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The volunteer crew of Littlehampton RNLI lifeboat were paged at 8:14pm on Saturday 8 November by the coastguard after the alarm was raised by an ambulance driver who reported a person in the sea.
Kind-hearted Kent couple Ray and Val Humby were special guests at a ceremony held in Littlehampton today, where they officially named the new lifeboat that they generously funded.
A new lifeboat which recently went on service at Littlehampton RNLI station will be officially named this week when the volunteer crew welcome the donors who funded it.
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Littlehampton Lifeboat StationFisherman's QuayLittlehamptonWest Sussex BN17 5BL
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Daily from 10am-4pm, weather permitting
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Lifeboat name: Blue Peter I
Lifeboat class: B class
Funded by: Blue Peter TV appeal
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Lifeboat name: Ray of Hope
Lifeboat class: D class
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1840Gold Medal awarded to Lt T Macnamara and Silver Medal to Lt G Davies, coastguards, for rescuing 14 lives on 13 November 1840. After the brig Victoria with a crew of nine was driven ashore in an extremely violent storm, a line was drifted ashore and Lieutenants MacNamara and Davies, with their men, hauled a small boat out to the wreck three times and saved all the crew. Shortly afterwards, the same thins happened to the sloop Lively. In spite of huge waves crashing on the beach, they waded into the sea with lines tied around them and saved all five members of the sloops crew.
1884Lifeboat house constructed at a cost of £300. Gas service provided.
1895Water service provided.
1896Road exercises discontinued.
1903As a new coastguard station was to be erected, the site of the lifeboat house was surrendered to the Admiralty, and a new site offered to RNLI. Lifeboat house re-erected on a new site at a cost of £240.
1915Decided that in future horses would not be used in launching.
1921Station closed owing to the very little shipping at the port, no suitable men available, and the fact that a motor lifeboat was to be placed at Selsey.
1967Inshore lifeboat station established with the placing on service of a D class lifeboat. The cost of the ILB was defrayed by the BBC Blue Peter Appeal.
1970The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to crew members C R Cole and C J Pelham for flying to East Pakistan on Wednesday, 24 November 1970, to assist in the training of Pakistan nationals in the use of the 20 inshore lifeboats sold to the Red Cross for use in the disaster area. The Institution's team was the first relief workers to be sent from Britain to the disaster area. They were also recognised by the Red Cross, for their humanitarian efforts, in the form of certificates.
1972D class lifeboat withdrawn and replaced by an Atlantic 21.
1979New boat house opened.
1982The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to Helmsman David William Woollven in recognition of the leadership, determination and seamanship displayed by him when the lifeboat landed four people from a sailing dinghy and the Trimaran Lara of Bosham on 19 September 1981.
2002A new B and D class boathouse completed 16 January at a cost of £555,000.
2014The new D-class lifeboat Ray of Hope went on service in October, funded by Ray and Val Humby of Orpington.
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