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Littlehampton RNLI rescue stranded fishing boat.

Lifeboats News Release

The skipper of the vessel had made VHF radio contact to the UK Coastguard advising that his boat had suffered engine failure.

Atlantic 85 at sea

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Atlantic 85 at sea

Following a call from the UK Coastguard, Littlehampton RNLI’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat Renée Sherman and volunteer crew launched at 11:21am on Friday 18 January and headed out towards the reported scene three quarters of a mile from the harbour entrance in cloudy weather conditions, good visibility and a choppy sea. The stations D Class inshore lifeboat Ray of Hope and crew were kept on standby, due to the falling tide, in readiness should the water be to shallow for the Atlantic 85.

On arrival the casualty with two adults on-board had dropped anchor to prevent any drifting. Following VHF radio contact between the lifeboat crew, UK Coastguard and the lifeboat station, it was confirmed that the water level was deep enough for the Atlantic 85 lifeboat and crew to continue with the rescue and get alongside the casualty where the crew rigged up a tow line in readiness for its recovery. The anchor was recovered, and the lifeboat commenced the tow back to the Osborne Yard Moorings, where the casualty and two crew were safely returned. The lifeboat returned to the station at 12:11pm where it was refuelled and made ready for service.

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