Both Selsey lifeboats launched to persons in the water.
UK Coastguard requested the launch of both lifeboats at 3.33am on Saturday 13 July after a report from the security at Bognor Pier that two persons were seen entering the water 100 metres east of the pier.
The Selsey Inshore lifeboat (ILB) was first away at 3.45am shortly followed by the all-weather (ALB). The lifeboats conducted an extensive search between Aldwick and Middleton out to ¾ of a mile. The shoreline was searched by Littlehampton and Selsey Coastguard teams along with Sussex police.
At 5.30am all units were stood by the Coastguards. The lifeboats returned to station at 5.45 and were both rehoused, washed down and refuelled ready for service by 6.30am. The crews today were ALB: Relief coxswain Tommy Cocking, Relief Mechanic Lew Griffin, Max Gilligan, Will Moir, Andy Lee, Kristina Dolan and Jake Harnett (Trainee)
ILB: Helmsman Sam Corcoran-Smith, Harry Emmence and Neil Hopcraft.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.