Littlehampton RNLI assists in search for person in distress in the sea

Lifeboats News Release

Littlehampton RNLI’s D Class inshore lifeboat Ray of Hope and volunteer crew were called into action at 5.56am on Wednesday 30 May.

D Class Ray of Hope at sea

RNLI/Ray Pye (Library)

D Class Ray of Hope at sea

The lifeboat was tasked by UK Coastguard to assist West Sussex Police who were responding to a report of a female in distress, who had entered the water near the lifeboat station. Initially the person could not be located, but further communication with the UK Coastguard indicated that the police were on their way to East Beach. The lifeboat was diverted to the same location. Arriving at the scene the female was found to be safe and in the hands of the police. The lifeboat was stood down and returned to the station at 6.45am, where it was refuelled and made ready for service.

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