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Littlehampton RNLI respond following fears of person in the sea

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of Littlehampton lifeboat were paged at 1:29pm on Wednesday 27 September by the UK Coastguard, following reports there was a female in the sea.

D Class Lifeboat Ray of Hope heading out

RNLI/Ray Pye

D Class Lifeboat Ray of Hope heading out

The RNLI station’s D Class lifeboat Ray of Hope and volunteer crew launched eight minutes later and headed out to the reported location, Banjo Groyne, just west of East Beach cafe, opposite Banjo Road car park.

On arrival at the scene, the crew commenced the search close to the water’s edge, but it proved inconclusive. The crew made contact with the police and were informed the casualty was safely ashore in the hands of the officers. The lifeboat was requested to stand down by the UK Coastguard and returned to the station at 2.55pm where it was refuelled and made ready for service.

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