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Littlehampton RNLI tasked to a Mayday call from vessel on fire

Lifeboats News Release

Both Littlehampton lifeboats were out on training exercises on Sunday morning (17 September), when the VHF mayday call was received.

Renee Sherman in attendance at the scene

RNLI/Liam Clarke

Renee Sherman in attendance at the scene

The station's Atlantic 85 Renée Sherman responded to the call from a small leisure craft, with two people on board. The crew of the casualty vessel reported they were half mile south of harbour entrance and that their engine was on fire.

The lifeboat and volunteer crew were only thirty metres from the casualty and were on scene very quickly, where the crew isolated the fuel and battery and extinguished the engine fire. A tow line was rigged to the casualty and the lifeboat towed it back to the lifeboat slipway. The lifeboat returned to its training exercises at 10.00am

A RNLI spokesman said: 'It was good to attend a ‘shout’ where the boat was properly equipped with a VHF radio and the crew knew how to use it and also they were wearing lifejackets, which isn’t always the case'.

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