Littlehampton RNLI respond to three incidents over the weekend.

Lifeboats News Release

The reported incidents included a jet ski, a person in the sea and a child drifting in the sea.

Both Littlehampton RNLI lifeboats leaving the station

RNLI/Ray Pye

Both Littlehampton RNLI lifeboats leaving the station

At 2:04pm on Saturday 14 July, whilst out on training exercises the stations Atlantic 85 lifeboat Renée Sherman and volunteer crew came across a jet ski half a mile from the harbour that had two people onboard. The jet ski appeared to be suffering with a stability problem, which was confirmed by one of the occupants. The second occupant was taken onboard the lifeboat which then escorted the jet ski safely back to the beach. At 2:09pm a VHF radio call was received from the UK Coastguard to the lifeboat, following a 999 call from a member of the public reporting a person in the water waving for help. The lifeboat was returning to its training exercise and was very close to the scene, two miles east of the harbour. The apparent casualty was a jet skier who was sitting on his wakeboard untangling the lines between the jet ski and the wakeboard and did not require any assistance. The lifeboat and crew returned to their exercises at 2:11pm.

Following a call from the UK Coastguard, reporting an eleven-year-old boy drifting eastwards to sea, the stations D Class lifeboat Ray of Hope and volunteer crew launched at 6:20pm on Sunday 15 July and headed out to the reported location opposite Rustington Convalescent Home. The casualty was located on ‘winkle island’, a rocky peninsula attached to the beach which can only be seen towards low water. He was standing up but was very frightened. The lifeboat came alongside, and two lifeboat crewmen disembarked and were able to walk the casualty to the beach where he was safely handed over to his family. The casualty who had received cuts and bruises to his feet was treated by the paramedics who were in attendance. The lifeboat departed and returned to the station at 7:08pm where it was made ready for service.

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