Dog rescue kicks off triple-shout Saturday for Littlehampton RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

The rescue of Robbie the whippet kicked off a triple-shout Saturday for the volunteer crew of Littlehampton RNLI.

Ray of Hope lifeboat and three crew members on the River Arun heading up river

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Ray of Hope on the River Arun, Littlehampton

The crew of Littlehampton RNLI lifeboat station’s Ray of Hope lifeboat were tasked at 10.15am on Saturday (30 May) to come to the aid of Robbie, after he accidentally fell into the River Arun from its western bank opposite Littlehampton pier. Robbie, who is set to celebrate his eighth birthday next week, was rescued from the river cold but thankfully none the worse for his misadventure. He was reunited with his very relieved owners.

The second shout came at 3.38pm when the crew of Littlehampton RNLI lifeboat station’s Renee Sherman lifeboat were called on by HM Coastguard to assist a motor boat that had broken down about one mile off the coast of Littlehampton. The motor boat and its occupants was located and towed to Littlehampton Marina.

Less than an hour after Renee Sherman had returned to the lifeboat station, the volunteer crew were called out again to check on the safety of the passengers of a small catamaran entering Littlehampton harbour without engine or sails. Luckily, the vessel made it to its own mooring without assistance.

Nick White, Lifeboat Operations Manager for Littlehampton RNLI Lifeboat Station, said: ‘With such glorious weather, it was no wonder we were called into service three times today. We are always on call to help, but would like to remind everyone visiting the coast to stay safe and be alert to any possible dangers.’

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Robbie the whippet is rescued from the River Arun

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Robbie the whippet is rescued from the River Arun
Renee Sherman tows a motor boat back to Littlehampton Marina

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Renee Sherman tows a motor boat back to Littlehampton Marina

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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