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Both Littlehampton RNLI lifeboats in joint search operation.

Lifeboats News Release

Littlehampton RNLI was paged at 6:29pm on Thursday 13 September by the UK Coastguard, reporting a person in the water.

Both Littlehampton RNLI lifeboats leaving the station

RNLI/Ray Pye (Library)

Both Littlehampton RNLI lifeboats leaving the station

Both Littlehampton’s RNLI’s lifeboats were put on standby, ready for launch, whilst discussions took place between the station’s Deputy Launching Authority and the UK Coastguard. The Coastal Rescue Team and Police Helicopter were called upon for assistance. At 6:47pm a decision was made to launch both lifeboats and volunteer crews. The stations Atlantic 85 lifeboat Renée Sherman was tasked to search upstream of the River Arun towards the initial reported location, near Ford railway bridge. Due to the receding tide the D Class lifeboat Ray of Hope headed out of the harbour to check along the coastline adjacent to the mouth of the river. Following the extensive searches which proved inconclusive, they were terminated at 8:12pm and both lifeboats were stood down and returned to the station where they were re-fuelled and made ready for service.

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