Two shouts over the weekend for Littlehampton RNLI.

Lifeboats News Release

The first shout followed a call from the UK Coastguard reporting that a large inflatable toy had been seen drifting away from the shoreline and it was not known if anyone was on board.

Atlantic 85 Renee Sherman atsea

RNLI/Andy T Lee

Atlantic 85 Renee Sherman at sea

Littlehampton RNLI’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat Renée Sherman and volunteer crew launched at 12:05pm on Saturday 30 June and headed out to sea in very good weather conditions. At the reported location the lifeboat crew commenced a search of the area. Several leisure crafts were in the vicinity and were contacted about any possible sightings, but nothing was forthcoming. Nothing was found, the lifeboat was stood down and returned to the station at 12:54pm.

The second shout occurred at 15:07pm on Sunday 1 July when a jet skier made a 999 call to the UK Coastguard reporting that his jet ski had suffered engine failure. The stations Atlantic 85 lifeboat Renée Sherman and volunteer crew launched and headed out towards the scene half a mile south of the Littlehampton Leisure Centre. The jet ski was located very quickly, and the RNLI lifeguards were in attendance. The lifeboat crew rigged up a tow line to the jet ski and towed it back to Fisherman’s Quay in Littlehampton Harbour. The lifeboat returned to the station at 15:38 where it was refuelled and made ready for service.

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