Bank Holiday callout for Littlehampton RNLI to tow a motor cruiser near Worthing

Lifeboats News Release

Littlehampton RNLI’s lifeboat 'Renee Sherman' launched Bank Holiday Monday 25th May to assist an 18 foot motor cruiser with 2 adults, 2 children and a dog on board.

The volunteer lifeboat crew waited with the casualty vessel offshore of Littlehampton

RNLI/Andy Harris

The volunteer lifeboat crew waited with the casualty vessel offshore of Littlehampton

HM Coastguard tasked the RNLI at 5.33pm to launch their B Class lifeboat Renee Sherman to assist a vessel that had anchored approximately 100 metres off Worthing pier due to engine difficulties.

The vessel had tried to call assistance from other boats in the area following standard maritime protocols using their VHF radio. With no response though they then instructed HM Coastguard of their location and awaited help. Fortunately the sea conditions were calm with only a light onshore breeze and the sun was shining brightly.

The four volunteer crew of the lifeboat arrived on the scene and, after ensuring all of the boat’s occupants were safe, well and hydrated, commenced a tow of the casualty vessel back to Littlehampton. By the time they arrived, the tide was too low to allow entry in to the harbour so both vessels waited half a mile offshore until there was sufficient water depth to navigate safely back in to the harbour around 10pm that evening.

Andy Harris, Helm of the Renee Sherman, said:

“Fortunately the sea conditions were very calm. The motor vessel had followed the correct procedures for requesting assistance and we were happy to ensure that the four persons and the dog were no worse for their extended time on the water. This was probably an early trip in their cruising season and they had undertaken an engine check in preparation. The unexpected still happens though and it’s important to be prepared with appropriate safety equipment should a problem arise including sunscreen and plenty of water.”

ENDS

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Anthony Fogg, Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer, Littlehampton RNLI 07823 509032 ant_fogg@rnli.org.uk

A volunteer lifeboat crew member awaiting the tide to turn as the sun goes down

RNLI/Andy Harris

A volunteer lifeboat crew member awaiting the tide to turn as the sun goes down

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