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Littlehampton RNLI called to assist stranded leisure craft

Lifeboats News Release

Littlehampton RNLI’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat, Renée Sherman, and her volunteer crew launched at 2.42pm on Thursday 1 September to a leisure craft that had broken down and was drifting one mile south west of the harbour entrance.

The lifeboat launch followed a call from the Coastguard, who had received a VHF radio call from a crew member of the leisure craft stating that his craft had broken down

The lifeboat headed out in good weather conditions towards the reported location. During the journey the lifeboat crew were advised that the casualty’s engine had been restarted.

The lifeboat located the leisure craft and escorted it back to the harbour where it was returned safely to its mooring.

The lifeboat returned to the station at 3.08pm and was refuelled and made ready for service.

RNLI media contacts

• Ray Pye, Littlehampton RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer / 07854 074688, email press@littlehamptonlifeboat.org.uk
• Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East) on 0207 6207426, 07785 296252 email  tim_ash@rnli.org.uk
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789 email pressoffice@rnli.org

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