Two shouts for Littlehampton RNLI within forty-five minutes.

Lifeboats News Release

The reported incidents involved a broken-down leisure craft and an adult male in the water, requiring aid.

Both Littlehampton RNLI lifeboats leaving the station

RNLI/Ray Pye (Library)

Both Littlehampton RNLI lifeboats leaving the station

At 12:35pm on Monday 27 August the stations Atlantic 85 lifeboat Renée Sherman and volunteer crew launched following a call from The UK Coastguard reporting a broken-down yacht that was three miles south of the harbour entrance. On arrival at the advised location the casualty could not be located. After VHF radio contact between the lifeboat and the UK Coastguard, it was confirmed that the casualty had drifted on the tide and the lifeboat was diverted to the revised position. Once the casualty was located the lifeboat crew rigged up a tow line and commenced the journey back to Littlehampton Harbour, where the Coastal Rescue Team were on hand when the casualty moored at Littlehampton Yacht Club. The lifeboat returned to the station at 2:20pm.

The stations D Class Ray of Hope lifeboat launched to the second incident at 1:25pm to assist the Police and Ambulance Service in recovering an adult male who had been seen walking into the sea, two miles south west of the harbour. At the scene one of the lifeboat crew went ashore, and the casualty was reported to be safely secured within the ambulance and the police were in attendance. The lifeboat was stood down and returned to the station at 1:37pm

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