Littlehampton RNLI assist Selsey RNLI in rescue operation.

Lifeboats News Release

The helmsman of Selsey RNLI’s lifeboat requested the assistance of Littlehampton RNLI in escorting the casualty back into Littlehampton Harbour.

Atlantic 85 lifeboat Renee Sherman heading out to sea.

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Atlantic 85 lifeboat Renee Sherman heading out to sea

The yacht with three people on-board had been sailing towards Brighton when a problem with the navigation equipment occurred and the vessel was sailing very close to Bognor Rocks. The skipper had made a VHF radio request for assistance and the Selsey lifeboat and volunteer crew had launched in response. The casualty had been towed back towards Littlehampton Harbour, the tide was receding and there was some concern about the level of the water at the entrance to the harbour. Following direct VHF radio communication with Selsey RNLI and the UK Coastguard, Littlehampton’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat Renée Sherman and volunteer crew launched at 4:10pm on Saturday 10 November. At the scene just outside the harbour entrance the lifeboat crew took over the recovery of the casualty from the Selsey crew and escorted it back into Littlehampton Harbour, where it was safely moored at Town Quay. The lifeboat returned to the station at 4:52pm, where it was made ready for service.

A RNLI spokesman said “The operation was a very good example of how the co-operation and communication between the two RNLI stations really worked in rescuing the casualty and its three occupants”

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