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Littlehampton RNLI called by Selsey RNLI to assist in rescue operation.

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The UK Coastguard received a mobile phone call from the skipper of a 47ft tug with three crew on board reporting his vessel had suffered engine failure and was drifting without any power three miles from Littlehampton’s harbour entrance.

Selsey & Littlehampton lifeboats returning casualty to moorings

Selsey RNLI/Max Gilligan

Selsey & Littlehampton lifeboats returning casualty to moorings

Littlehampton RNLI were advised that Selsey RNLI’s Tyne Class lifeboat Volunteer Worker and volunteer crew were in attendance. Littlehampton’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, Nick White, contacted the harbour authority to check mooring availability for the vessel and relevant tide levels.

Following direct VHF communication with Selsey RNLI, Littlehampton’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat Renée Sherman and volunteer crew launched at 3pm on Saturday 21 January to assist in the recovery of the casualty and to help in escorting it back to Littlehampton Harbour.

The Selsey crew had already attached a tow line to the front of the vessel in preparation for its recovery. Both lifeboats returned to the harbour, where the casualty was safely moored and then they returned to their respective stations.

A RNLI spokesman said: 'In the end, the operation was a very good example of how the co-operation between the two RNLI stations really worked in rescuing the casualty and its three occupants.'

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Selsey & Littlehampton lifeboats returning casualty to moorings

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Selsey & Littlehampton lifeboats returning casualty to moorings

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