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Littlehampton’s lifeboats tackle three separate incidents in 24 hours

Lifeboats News Release

At 2.22pm on Saturday 7 October, Littlehampton RNLI’s Atlantic 85 Renée Sherman lifeboat and volunteer crew launched in response to a call from the UK Coastguard to assist the Selsey lifeboat in the search for a group of kayakers who were reported to be in difficulty.

Both Littlehampton RNLI lifeboats leaving the station

RNLI/Ray Pye

Both Littlehampton RNLI lifeboats leaving the station

With force five winds and a moderately choppy sea, the kayakers were believed to be two and a half miles west of the harbour entrance.

The initial report stated there were five kayakers involved, at the scene two of the five were quickly located and taken aboard the Selsey lifeboat, then taken back to Littlehampton Harbour.

A further fifteen casualties were identified by the UK Coastguard Coastal Search team and were recovered safely to the shoreline at West Beach. At 3.08pm the UK Coastguard requested the Littlehampton lifeboat to stand down and return to the station.

On Sunday 8 October May Littlehampton RNLI received a call at 10.32am from a leisure craft reporting there was a dog that appeared to be stranded on the shingle beach, west of the harbour entrance.

The station's D Class lifeboat Ray of Hope and its volunteer crew launched and headed out to the reported scene. On arrival the dog had been recovered by its owner and both were safely ashore. The lifeboat returned to the station at 10.47am, where it was refuelled and made ready for service.

The second call on Sunday was received at 8.33pm from Shoreham RNLI requesting assistance from Littlehampton RNLI to take over the towing of a leisure craft that had left Brighton Marina earlier in the day, but had broken down just off Lancing and was without any power and therefore unable to continue its journey.

Shoreham lifeboat had received the initial communication via VHF radio from the casualty and launched in readiness to take the casualty with three people on board under tow.

Again, Littlehampton RNLI’s D Class Ray of Hope lifeboat launched and made rendezvous with Shoreham lifeboat some 500 metres south of the harbour entrance. The casualty was towed back to Littlehampton Harbour and was safely secured alongside the Harbour Boards Visitors mooring. The lifeboat returned to the station at 9.45pm.

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