Littlehampton RNLI paged at 2.56am to assist the Police in an incident on Bognor

Lifeboats News Release

Following a call from the Police to the UK Coastguard, both Littlehampton lifeboats were prepared for launching at 3:10am today, Wednesday 1 November, having received information that there was a distressed person on the pier.

Library photograph - D Class - Ray of Hope

RNLI/Ray Pye

Library photograph - D Class - Ray of Hope

Although both lifeboats and volunteer crews were ready, it was decided that due to the receding tide the Atlantic 85 Renée Sherman would not be launched.

The stations D Class Ray of Hope inshore lifeboat and volunteer crew launched and headed out in fine weather conditions towards the scene. During the journey, more information was received, advising the crew that the person had been safely taken into police custody. The lifeboat was requested to stand down by the UK Coastguard and it returned to the station at 3.38am where it was refuelled and made ready for service.

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