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Littlehampton RNLI respond to 999 call.

Lifeboats News Release

An emergency call was made to the UK Coastguard reporting an adult man who appeared to be distressed and was thought to be in the river near Ferry Wharf.

D Class Ray of Hope at sea

RNLI/Ray Pye

D Class Ray of Hope at sea

Littlehampton RNLI's D-class lifeboat Ray of Hope and volunteer crew launched at 7.44pm on Saturday 9 October in windy, overcast weather conditions.

The lifeboat crew carried out an extensive search of the reported area along the River Arun. Due to the ebbing tide, it was decided to extend the search further down the river towards the mouth of the harbour. Both searches proved inconclusive.

Following the searches, new information was provided by the UK Coastguard and police, the lifeboat was stood down as it was presumed that the casualty was very likely to be ashore.

The lifeboat returned to the station at 8.05pm where it was refuelled and made ready for service.

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