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Littlehampton RNLI rescue stranded leisure craft.

Lifeboats News Release

Following a VHF radio call to the UK Coastguard from the crew of a vessel reporting engine failure, Littlehampton RNLI’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat Renée Sherman and volunteer crew launched at 9.52am on Wednesday 26 October.

Littlehampton RNLI’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat Renée Sherman

RNLI/Ray Pye

Littlehampton RNLI’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat Renée Sherman

The lifeboat headed out in fine weather conditions towards the reported scene seven miles south east of the harbour entrance.

The casualty with one man onboard had left Brighton earlier in the day, but then suffered a fuel blockage, causing the engine failure. On the journey to the scene, it was reported that the man had managed to restart the engine and would try and return to Brighton.

Littlehampton RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew began escorting the casualty back towards Brighton. After a short period, the engine failed again, so the lifeboat crew rigged a tow line to the casualty in preparation for its recovery.

The casualty was taken under tow and was then handed over to Brighton RNLI’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat Random Harvest four and a half miles south of Shoreham to complete the journey back to Brighton.

Littlehampton’s lifeboat returned to the station at 11.57am where it was refuelled and made ready for service.

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• 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
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