Brighton RNLI lifeboat joins operation to find missing men

Lifeboats News Release

Brighton RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew joined a multiagency search for a missing RIB with two persons on board on Sunday morning (22 August).

Brighton RNLI in-shore lifeboat Random Harvest joined crews from Shoreham, Selsey and Newhaven in the search for two males.

HM Coastguard shoreside and rescue helicopter 175 were also involved in the four-hour search off the coast of Worthing.

The casualties had left Worthing at midday to go fishing. They were due back at 8pm but had not returned and could not be contacted.

A major search was launched of the wider Sussex bay area, including a shoreline search from Worthing to Littlehampton.

As part of this, Brighton ILB was tasked to search the Rampion windfarm at 3:02am.

At 3:42am the helicopter located a grey RIB with two people onboard. The Coastguard tasked Brighton ILB (as the nearest vessel in the search) to proceed to this RIB and establish the identities of those involved.

By 3:55am Brighton ILB had confirmed that these were the two casualties and had brought them onboard.

Brighton ILB then proceeded to tow their RIB back to Brighton Lifeboat Station.

Both casualties seemed fit and well after their ordeal, but they were cold.

So, it was agreed that Brighton ILB would meet Shoreham ALB at sea and transfer the two casualties to it.

Brighton Lifeboat returned to station and crew were back on pagers at 4:46am ready for service.

The conditions were calm with fair visibility but some cloud cover.

Notes to editors:

Unfortunately there is no footage with this rescue.

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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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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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