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Littlehampton RNLI launch to broken down inflatable and a dog in the water.

Lifeboats News Release

The UK Coastguard requested both Littlehampton lifeboats and volunteer crews to launch and assist in both incidents.

Both lifeboats heading out to sea

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Both lifeboats heading out to sea

The station’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat Renée Sherman attended the first incident at 4:45pm on Sunday 21 October, having been tasked to locate and give aid to two occupants aboard a broken-down inflatable that was reported to be two and a half miles from the harbour entrance near Elmer beach. Heading towards the scene the crew received information that the casualty had been adrift for one and a half hours. Once located the two occupants were transferred to the lifeboat and the vessel was also taken aboard and then taken to Aldwick beach where they were handed into the care of the Coastal Rescue Team. The lifeboat returned to the station at 6:26pm, where it was made ready for service.

The second incident happened at 2:31pm on Monday 22 October when the station’s D Class inshore lifeboat Ray of Hope was launched in response to a report that there was a dog in the water near the West Works. Arriving at the scene the lifeboat crew were advised that the dog had managed to get back on to the beach and was safely with its owner. The lifeboat was stood down and returned to the station 2:55pm.

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