Littlehampton RNLI rescue stranded leisure craft.

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI Littlehampton inshore lifeboat 'Renee Sherman' launched at 10.29am on Thursday 20 April to assist a leisure craft that had suffered an engine failure.

Atlantic 85 Renee Sherman heading out to the scene

RNLI/Micah Foord

Atlantic 85 Renee Sherman heading out to the scene

The volunteer crew of the Atlantic 85 lifeboat were alerted by the UK Coastguard following a mobile phone call from a crew member on the stranded vessel, which had three people on board.

The lifeboat headed out towards the craft which was reported to be six miles south east of the harbour entrance.

Weather conditions were good. On arrival at the scene the lifeboat came alongside and the crew rigged a tow line in preparation for the recovery. The vessel was then taken under tow and returned safely to its moorings, within Littlehampton Marina.

The lifeboat returned to the station at 12.15pm where it was refuelled and made ready for service.

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