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Littlehampton RNLI join other agencies to search for missing person

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The lifeboat was involved in the search along with a UK Coastguard Rescue Team, local police and a police helicopter.

D Class Lifeboat Ray of Hope heading out

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D Class Lifeboat Ray of Hope heading out

The initial call was made by the police to the UK Coastguard who in turn requested the assistance of Littlehampton RNLI lifeboat.

Initially the station's Atlantic 85 lifeboat Renée Sherman was launched, but due to the rising tide and the possibility of the lifeboat being unable to get under the river bridges on a return journey, it was decided to send the smaller D Class lifeboat Ray of Hope instead.

The lifeboat and its volunteer crew launched at 1.37pm on Monday 27 February and headed up the River Arun to Arundel where the person had been reported missing.

On arrival at the scene the lifeboat conducted a search below the bridge over the A27 and along both river banks. During the search the lifeboat crew requested assistance from a UK Coastguard Rescue Team.

At 2.40pm the lifeboat crew were advised that the person had been found safely ashore in Arundel and was in the care of the Coastguard Rescue Team and the Police.

The lifeboat was stood down and returned to station, where it was made ready for service.

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