Littlehampton lifeboat responds to call reporting a loud bang and smoke offshore

Lifeboats News Release

The station's volunteer crew were paged by the UK Coastguard at 10.53am on Thursday 9 November following a call from a member of the public at South Strand, East Preston, who reported hearing a loud bang and seeing smoke that appeared to have come from a leisure vessel, some distance offshore.

Atlantic 85 Renee Sherman returning from a shout

RNLI/Ray Pye

Atlantic 85 Renee Sherman returning from a shout

The RNLI station’s Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Renée Sherman was launched and headed out in cloudy conditions to the reported location two and a half miles south east of the harbour entrance.

On arrival at the scene, the crew commenced the search. Following further information from the UK Coastguard the lifeboat undertook a wider search of the area, extending to a quarter of a mile south of Worthing Pier and towards the weather station two and a half miles out at sea.

At 12.39pm the UK Coastguard contacted the lifeboat and it was decided that as no casualty vessel had been located the search should be terminated. The lifeboat was stood down and returned to the lifeboat station where it was refuelled and made ready for service.

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