Heatwave sparks busy weekend for Littlehampton RNLI
The volunteer crew of Littlehampton RNLI were called into action five times over the weekend as thousands of people flocked to the West Sussex coast to enjoy the ongoing heatwave.
Rising temperatures meant a bumper weekend for the station’s lifeboats Renee Sherman and Ray of Hope, with ‘shouts’ ranging from helping swimmers in difficulty, to towing vessels that had experienced engine failure.
The shouts were:
Nick White, Littlehampton RNLI Lifeboat Station’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, said: ‘The weather is absolutely glorious, but we want to remind everyone to stay safe at the coast. During this ongoing heatwave, the sea and the river look especially inviting, but it’s important to know the risks, whatever your experience or ability. The water is still cold, and the River Arun is one of the fastest flowing rivers in the UK.
‘If you are planning on going to the beach, we would encourage you to visit a lifeguarded beach and to swim between the red and yellow flags. If you get into trouble in the water, Float to Live – lean back, use your arms and legs to stay afloat, control your breathing, then call for help or swim to safety. If you’re heading out on the water, check and double check that your vessel is safe, secure and seaworthy. In a coastal emergency, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.’
For more water safety advice, see https://rnli.org/safety
Littlehampton RNLI’s volunteer crew look after the stretch of the West Sussex coast between Bognor Regis and Worthing, and is independent from the Coastguard. To find out more about Littlehampton RNLI, see https://rnli.org/news-and-media/2022/april/27/10-facts-about-littlehampton-rnli-lifeboat-station
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