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Littlehampton RNLI respond following radio call to the UK Coastguard.

Lifeboats News Release

An emergency call was made from the crew of a leisure craft on Friday 11 November reporting they had broken down and were drifting on the tide.

Littlehampton RNLI's D Class Ray of Hope

RNLI/Ray Pye

Littlehampton RNLI's D Class Ray of Hope

Littlehampton RNLI’s D class lifeboat Ray of Hope with the volunteer crew onboard at 1.36pm on Friday.

The lifeboat headed out in fine weather conditions towards the reported scene one mile due south of the harbour entrance, where the casualty vessel with two adult men onboard was located.

On arrival at the scene it was apparent the casualty had suffered an engine failure and was unable to proceed under its own power. The lifeboat crew rigged a tow line to the casualty, which was then taken under tow and returned safely to its moorings.

The lifeboat returned to the station at 2.29pm where it was refuelled and made ready for service.

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