Urgent task for Littlehampton and Shoreham Harbour lifeboats.
The UK Coastguard requested that lifeboats from both RNLI stations and a Coastguard helicopter assist in the rescue of two people reported to be in the sea near Worthing Pier.
Littlehampton’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat Renée Sherman and volunteer crew launched at 2:38pm on Tuesday 11 December and headed out to sea in good weather conditions. Arriving at the scene the Shoreham Harbour inshore lifeboat was already in attendance and had located the two casualties and had taken them aboard the lifeboat. They were then transferred to the shore and handed over to the waiting Ambulance crew. The Atlantic 85 and crew stood down and returned to the station at 3:10pm where it was made ready for service. The Coastguard helicopter returned to its base.
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