Report of a red flare sparks Littlehampton RNLI into shoreline search.
Littlehampton RNLI and local Coastguard Rescue Team were tasked to investigate the incident following a 999-emergency call.
Littlehampton’s D Class lifeboat Ray of Hope and volunteer crew launched at 5:40pm on Tuesday 13 November following a call from the UK Coastguard and commenced a shoreline search of the river. The Harbour Master spoke with members of the public who reported seeing similar flares at Littlehampton and Arun Yacht Clubs. Having completed the shoreline search the lifeboat was directed to the entrance of the harbour and continued searching around West Beach and East and West of the harbour entrance. After a detailed search which proved to be inconclusive, the lifeboat was stood down and returned to the station at 6:55pm.
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