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Three shouts in 18 hours for Littlehampton RNLI.

Lifeboats News Release

Over the weekend of 1 and 2 April both Littlehampton’s lifeboats launched on three separate occasions to assist in the rescue of a leisure vessel reported to be on fire and to attend two further incidents where a member of both crews had been injured.

Atlantic 85 Renee Sherman atsea

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Atlantic 85 Renee Sherman at sea

At 2.36pm on Saturday 2 August, Littlehampton RNLI’s Atlantic 85 Renée Sherman lifeboat and volunteer crew launched in response to a call from the UK Coastguard reporting that there was a single crew member who had made a VHF call stating he had fallen on the vessel and had suffered a suspected broken arm.

The vessel was four and a half miles south of Bognor Regis, amid good weather conditions. On arrival at the scene the lifeboat crew assessed the casualty and stabilised his arm using fracture straps - he was then transferred to the lifeboat. The vessel was demobilised and left anchored in readiness for collection later.

The lifeboat returned to the station where the casualty was handed over to the ambulance Service for further medical attention.

At 4.02pm on the same day the second call was received from the UK Coastguard requesting assistance to a motor cruiser that had suffered an engine fire, which was now extinct, but the vessel was without power and unable to proceed. There were two adults and a dog on the craft.

The station's Atlantic 85 Renée Sherman lifeboat was launched at 4.06pm and headed out to the reported position two and a half miles south of Worthing. On arrival alongside the casualty the lifeboat crew established that the fire was out and a tow-line was rigged in preparation for the journey back to the marina, where the casualty was secured at its own moorings and the fire service were in attendance. The lifeboat returned to the station at 6.10pm.

The third call was received at 8.27am on Sunday 2 April following reports that a fisherman had been injured during a fishing trip and he and his boat were one and a half miles south of the entrance to Littlehampton Harbour. Due to the impending low water the stations D Class Ray of Hope lifeboat was launched and headed out towards the scene. The lifeboat crew found the casualty, who had injured his arm and shoulder after becoming entangled in the net winch. He was immediately transferred to the lifeboat and returned to the lifeboat station where the ambulance service were waiting to treat him, prior to taking him to hospital for further examination. The fishing boat was left anchored, ready for collection later in the morning by a fellow fisherman. The lifeboat returned to the station at 9.09am where it was made ready for service.

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D Class Ray of Hope at sea

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D Class Ray of Hope at Sea

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