Littlehampton RNLI receive a call to assist jet-ski in difficulty.
Following a call from the UK Coastguard, Littlehampton RNLI’s D Class lifeboat Ray of Hope and volunteer crew launched at 2.28pm on Friday 16 December to assist a jet-ski which was reported to have suffered engine failure.
The lifeboat headed out towards the reported scene, 200 metres west of the harbour entrance, where the two riders were trying to re-launch the jet-ski from West Beach.
The lifeboat stood by awaiting the arrival of the UK Coastguard Shore Team. In the meantime, the two riders managed to re-start the jet-ski’s engine and then re-launch from the shore.
The lifeboat escorted the jet-ski back to Littlehampton Marina, then returned to the station at 3.31pm where it was refuelled and made ready for service.
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.