Shoreham RNLI lifeboats called four times at the weekend
It was a busy weekend for Shoreham’s all weather and inshore lifeboats which were launched on Saturday 11 September and tasked three times on Sunday 12 September with the volunteer crew spending hours at sea.
Both lifeboats were launched to a report of a red distress flare seen off Worthing on Saturday at 2pm. On route the all weather lifeboat crew spotted the flare and located a broken down rib with two on people on board who had been fishing south west of Worthing Pier.
The inshore lifeboat took the boat to safety ashore at west Worthing.
While on a training exercise on Sunday morning, the all weather lifeboat was tasked to a 12-metre becalmed yacht with engine failure six miles south west of Shoreham which had been on passage to Eastbourne with person on board around midday. The vessel was taken to Shoreham and the inshore lifeboat was launched to take it to the safety of the harbour.
The all weather lifeboat was then retasked to a report of three women cut off by the tide at Peacehaven. Once on scene the lifeboat’s inflatable Y boat was launched and the women were rescued and taken aboard the all weather lifeboat. They were then taken to Newhaven harbour.
Finally the inshore lifeboat was paged and launched at 11.30pm to a report of a missing man who may have gone into the water at Worthing. After an extensive search, the lifeboat was stood down. The man was later found safe ashore.
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 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.