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Day and night launches for Littlehampton RNLI volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

Littlehampton RNLI lifeboat was called out during the afternoon and evening this week, showing how the charity's lifesaving volunteers are ready to launch night or day.

The first call from the coastguard was received at 10:43pm on Wednesday 8 June, following a report from the Police stating there was a person in the River Arun and was drifting out to sea.

The station's Atlantic 85 lifeboat, Renée Sherman, and her volunteer crew launched at 10.49pm in response to the report.

The person was quickly located and taken aboard the lifeboat, which then returned to the lifeboat slipway where the female was passed over to the emergency services. The lifeboat was recovered to the station and made ready for service.

The second call was received by the coastguard at 1.11pm on Thursday 9 June, after a mobile phone call from a crew member of a leisure vessel saying they had broken down half way between Littlehampton and Bognor Regis and had dropped the anchor to stop them drifting.

The crew launched Renée Sherman again at 1.20pm and headed out in good weather conditions. During the journey a second call from the coastguard was received, advising that the crew of the vessel had managed to re-start the engine.

The lifeboat was requested to proceed and then escort the vessel with 5 adults on board back to the harbour, where it was safely secured. The lifeboat returned to the station where it was re-fuelled and made ready for service.

RNLI media contacts

• Ray Pye, Littlehampton RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer / 07854 074688, email
• Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East) on 0207 6207426, 07785 296252, email
• James Oxley, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East) 0207 6207425 / 07786 668825, email
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland