Shoreham RNLI Lifeboats launched two nights in a row

Lifeboats News Release

Both boats were tasked.

All weather lifeboat escorting in the vessel

RNLI/Michelle Tugwell

All weather lifeboat escorting in the vessel

Both Shoreham’s all weather and inshore lifeboats were launched to a report of a sailing vessel in trouble off the Church of the Good Shepherd at Shoreham Beach on Wednesday 12 May at 11pm.

The Shoreham coastguard team established that the boat required assistance as it had nearly beached and narrowly missed sea groynes on several occasions.

The lifeboat crews located the 13-metre boat with one person on board who was fatigued and confused. Two crew were put on board to assess the state of the boat and then the all weather lifeboat escorted the vessel to the safety of Brighton Marina. The inshore lifeboat returned to station.

The all weather lifeboat eventually returned to station at 1.30am.

Both lifeboats were then were launched for the second night running at 1am on Friday 14 May to a report of a high risk missing woman who may have gone into the water. The crews searched the area between Worthing Pier and Angmering for two hours. The search was called off after nothing was found.

Inshore lifeboat launching

RNLI/Michelle Tugwell

Inshore lifeboat launching

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