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Littlehampton RNLI launch, following report of a person in the water.

Lifeboats News Release

Following a call from the UK Coastguard, the stations Atlantic 85 lifeboat Renée Sherman and volunteer crew launched at 3:58pm on Sunday 2 September.

Atlantic 85 Renee Sherman at sea

RNLI/Ray Pye (Library)

Atlantic 85 Renee Sherman at sea

The call from the UK Coastguard reported a person in the water half a mile south of Elmer Rocks and the possibility of an overturned leisure boat. The lifeboat arrived at the advised position, the weather conditions were good, but the crew were unable to locate anyone or an overturned boat. The lifeboat crew commenced a search of the area and spotted a large inflatable, as nothing else was found it was presumed that this is what had been seen from the shore. The lifeboat was stood down at 4:15pm and returned to the station, where it was refuelled and made ready for service. Following the incident, a member of the crew took photographs of the large inflatable which were then sent to the UK Coastguard for information purposes.

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