Both Littlehampton RNLI lifeboats assist in search for missing person.
The volunteer crews of Littlehampton lifeboat station were paged at 6.48pm on Thursday 28 June following a call from the UK Coastguard. The stations Atlantic 85 lifeboat Renée Sherman and D Class lifeboat Ray of Hope launched at 6.57pm and 7.01pm respectively.
The lifeboats headed out in fine weather conditions and good visibility towards the reported scene, off Felpham shoreline, where the person had been seen swimming. Both lifeboat crews commenced a detailed search of the coastline, between Littlehampton and Felpham, UK Coastguard Coastal Rescue Team checked along the shoreline. During the search, a VHF radio call from the UK Coastguard was received by one of the lifeboats advising that the person had been found safe and well. Both lifeboats were stood down and returned to the station at 7.20pm, where they were refuelled and made ready for service.
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.