Littlehampton RNLI lifeboats launched to assist in search for missing person

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of Littlehampton RNLI Lifeboat Station were paged at 9.31pm on Monday 9 January following a call from the UK Coastguard stating there was a person in the sea.

D Class lifeboat Ray of Hope

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D Class lifeboat Ray of Hope

The station's Atlantic 85 lifeboat, Renée Sherman, and D Class lifeboat, Ray of Hope, were launched at 9.36pm.

The lifeboats headed out in fine weather conditions and good visibility towards the reported scene, two miles east of the harbour entrance.

On arrival both lifeboat crews commenced a detailed search of the coastline, whilst the UK Coastguard and Police Search Teams checked along the shoreline.

At 10.05pm the person was located on the shore, both lifeboats were stood down and returned to the station, where they were refuelled and made ready for service.

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Atlantic 85 lifeboat Renne Sherman

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Atlantic 85 lifeboat Renee Sherman

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