Leisure craft recovered by Littlehampton RNLI.

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of Littlehampton lifeboat station were paged at 1.37pm on Sunday 25 June following a phone call to the coastguard.

Renee Sherman lifeboat on her way to recover the casualty

RNLI/Richard Ball

Renee Sherman lifeboat on her way to recover the casualty

The 23ft boat with three males on-board, one adult, one teenager and one child had suffered engine failure and was adrift half a mile west of the harbour entrance, unable to return to its mooring. Littlehampton RNLI’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat Renée Sherman and volunteer crew launched at 1.43pm and headed out into a moderate sea in fine weather conditions. On arrival at the scene the lifeboat came alongside the casualty and the lifeboat crew rigged a tow line in preparation for its recovery, and then set course back to the harbour where it was safely secured at Littlehampton Marina.

The lifeboat returned to the station at 2.41pm where it was refuelled and made ready for service.

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