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Day and night shouts for Littlehampton RNLI.

Lifeboats News Release

Littlehampton RNLI’s Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Renée Sherman and its volunteer crew launched at 3.50pm on Saturday 28 October in response to a request from the UK Coastguard following following a mobile phone call from the skipper of small leisure craft reporting engine failure.

Both lifeboats at sea

RNLI/Ray Pye (Library)

Both lifeboats at sea

The craft was quickly located fifty yards off Rustington shore, opposite the RAF Princess Marina House, one mile east of the harbour entrance.

The lifeboat crew rigged up a tow line to the casualty in preparation for the journey back to the harbour, where the casualty and its three crew were returned to their mooring. The lifeboat was recovered to the station at 4.42pm, where it was refuelled and made ready for service.

The second call was received in the early hours of Sunday morning, 29 October, reporting that a person was walking into the water, just off Sea Lane, Rustington.

The Renée Sherman lifeboat put to sea for the second time at 12.29am and headed out to the scene where the Coastguard Rescue Team were conducting a shoreline search.

The lifeboat carried out a search further off shore and during this time more information emerged from the original caller reporting that the person may have entered the water a few hours earlier than first thought.

Due to the change in the situation, lifeboat helmsman Andy Harris requested that the station's second lifeboat, should be launched to assist in extending the search.

The D Class inshore lifeboat Ray of Hope launched at 12.48am and joined in the comprehensive sea and shore search.

At 2.08am, it was agreed that the search should be called off as it had proved inconclusive. Both lifeboats and the Coastguard Rescue Team returned to their individual stations.

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

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