Littlehampton RNLI assists fishing boat with engine failure

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of Littlehampton RNLI towed a fishing boat with engine failure to the safety of Littlehampton Marina this afternoon (19 July).

Littlehampton RNLI's Renee Sherman lifeboat, taken from above

RNLI/Ritchie Southerton

Littlehampton RNLI's Renee Sherman
Responding to a request from HM Coastguard, Littlehampton RNLI Lifeboat Station’s Renee Sherman lifeboat launched at 2.41pm and arrived on the scene eight miles south west of Littlehampton Harbour at 2.58pm.

The 16-foot fishing boat with four persons on board had suffered from engine failure and was safely towed by Littlehampton RNLI back to Littlehampton Marina.

Nick White, Littlehampton RNLI Lifeboat Station’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, said: ‘Mechanical failure accounts for nearly 20% of the RNLI’s lifeboat launches. On this occasion, the casualties did everything right, but knowing your boat, carrying spares and being able to fit them could make the difference between having to call for help and being able to help yourself.”

ENDS

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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.

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