Littlehampton RNLI rescue stranded leisure craft.
The skipper of the vessel had contacted the UK Coastguard via VHF radio advising that he had run aground and requested assistance.
Littlehampton RNLI’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat Renée Sherman and volunteer crew launched at 1.46pm on Sunday 16 September and headed out in good weather conditions towards the reported scene at East Preston, three miles south east of the harbour entrance. On arrival the casualty with two adults on-board was aground in very shallow water. The lifeboat crew rigged up a tow line in readiness for its recovery from the beach and then towed the casualty into deeper water. Once in deeper water it was discovered that the casualty had damaged its rudder and was having steerage issues. During the journey back to the harbour, the lifeboat crew contacted the Harbour Master and asked for his assistance in berthing the casualty once it was back at its moorings. This was agreed, and the lifeboat and Harbour Master’s rib safely moored the casualty at Town Quay. The lifeboat returned to the station at 3.00pm where it was refuelled and made ready for service.
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