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Leisure boat with engine failure assisted by Littlehampton RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

The coastguard received a 999 mobile phone call from the crew of a leisure boat reporting engine failure and that they were stranded, taking on water half a mile south of the entrance to Littlehampton harbour, drifting without any power.

Littlehampton RNLI’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat, Renée Sherman, and her volunteer crew launched at 10.33am today, Monday 13 September, and headed out in a moderate sea and fine weather conditions towards the stranded vessel.

The casualty with two adult men and two teenage boys on board, was located two miles south of the harbour entrance.

Arriving alongside the casualty the lifeboat crew rigged a tow line in preparation for its recovery. One of the adults and the two boys were transferred to the lifeboat
The casualty was then taken under tow and was returned safely to the Harbour Board moorings. The lifeboat returned to the station at 11.15am 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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