Littlehampton RNLI rescue stranded leisure craft

Lifeboats News Release

Littlehampton RNLI's Atlantic 85 lifeboat 'Renee Sherman' launched at 9.21pm on Wednesday 18 October following a mobile phone call from the skipper of a leisure craft advising the coastguard he had run out of fuel, was unable to continue his journey and needed assistance from the volunteer crew.

Atlantic 85 lifeboat heading out to sea.

RNLI/Ray Pye

Atlantic 85 lifeboat heading out to sea

The lifeboat headed out towards the reported scene, one mile south of the harbour entrance in cloudy weather conditions, good visibility and a calm scene.

On arrival the lifeboat crew found the casualty vessel, with two adults on board, had dropped anchor to prevent any drifting. The lifeboat came alongside the casualty and the crew rigged up a tow line to its stern in readiness for its recovery.

The anchor was recovered and the lifeboat commenced the tow back to the visitor moorings alongside the Harbour Boards Office, where it was safely moored. The lifeboat returned to the station at 9.46pm where it was refuelled and made ready for service.

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