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Both Littlehampton RNLI lifeboats assist in search for missing person.

Lifeboats News Release

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.

Both lifeboats at sea

RNLI/Ray Pye (Library)

Both lifeboats at sea

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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