Bank holiday weekend shout for Littlehampton RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of Littlehampton RNLI secured a boat that had run aground off the coast of East Preston on Sunday (26 May).

RNLI/Beth Brooks

Littlehampton RNLI’s Atlantic 85 and D-class lifeboats - Renee Sherman and Ray of Hope
Littlehampton RNLI’s Atlantic 85 and D-class lifeboats - Renee Sherman and Ray of Hope - were both called to assist a 15-foot dory that had been holed 100 metres from the beach at East Preston at 12.30pm.

The owners of the boat had already made their own way to shore and had contacted the coastguard. The boat was flooded and aground, so Littlehampton RNLI safely secured the vessel so that it could be recovered at low tide.

Nick White, Littlehampton RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, said: ‘We initially considered waiting for the incoming tide to float the vessel, but it was submerged to such an extent that the salvage pump would have been ineffective. We therefore used the boat’s own anchor to secure it so the owners can recover it at low tide. We were pleased to be able to assist and our volunteer crew is always on call, ready to help.’

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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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