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Littlehampton RNLI rescues stranded yacht

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of Littlehampton RNLI rescued two people and a dog from their yacht which had run aground on rocks off the coast of Bognor Regis yesterday afternoon (Wednesday 1 May).

Both Littlehampton lifeboats attended the shout (stock photo)

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Both Littlehampton lifeboats attended the shout (stock photo)
Littlehampton RNLI’s Atlantic 85 and D-class lifeboats - Renee Sherman and Ray of Hope - were both called out to the scene at 3.30pm. They rescued the couple and their dog from the vessel, before returning to the scene to remove the yacht from the rocks and tow it back to Littlehampton just after 7pm.

Nick White, Littlehampton RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, said: 'We were pleased to be able to assist and make sure that everyone and their vessel returned to the safety of Littlehampton Harbour. Our volunteer crew is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to help with instances just like this. We are always ready to respond when the pager goes off.'

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RNLI media contacts:

  • Beth Brooks, Voluntary Lifeboat Press Officer, Littlehampton RNLI 07544 209256 beth_brooks@rnli.org.uk
  • Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer, London and South East 07785 296252 paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk
  • For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on (01202) 336789

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