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Littlehampton RNLI help 4 teens reported to be trying to retrieve dog from water

Lifeboats News Release

Both Littlehampton RNLI lifeboats Atlantic 85 'Renée Sherman' and D-class 'Ray of Hope' and volunteer crews launched at 4.22pm on Saturday 17 June in response to a 999 call from a member of the public.

Both lifeboats heading out to the reported incident

RNLI/Ray Pye

Both lifeboats heading out to the reported incident

The lifeboats headed out in fine weather conditions towards the reported scene, 500 yards from Rustington foreshore.

On arrival, it was confirmed that the four female teenagers and the dog were safely accounted for, therefore both lifeboats were stood down and returned to the station at 4.50pm, where they were made ready for service.

Laura Robinson, Deputy Launching Authority at Littlehampton RNLI Lifeboat Station, said: 'It appears on this occasion a member of the public was genuinely concerned for the welfare of the four teenagers and the dog. If people do see something and have good reason to think someone may be in difficulty, we would always urge them to call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

'Although it turned out that we were not needed, we would rather launch in good faith and find that people are not in harm's way, than not launch and see a tragedy unfold.'

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  • Ray Pye, Littlehampton RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer / 07854 074688, email
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