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Littlehampton RNLI respond to two shouts in four hours.

Lifeboats News Release

The first shout followed a call from a member of the public to the UK Coastguard reporting a lifejacket floating in the River Arun half a mile upstream of the A259 road bridge.

Atlantic 85 Renee Sherman at sea

RNLI/Ray Pye (Library)

Atlantic 85 Renee Sherman at sea

Littlehampton RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crew were paged at 4:17pm on Friday 6 July and the stations Atlantic 85 lifeboat Renée Sherman launched four minutes later and proceeded up the river to the reported location, where the lifejacket was located. The lifeboat crew commenced the search, during which clothing was found on the east bank of the river and was taken aboard the lifeboat. The search continued towards Ford Marina, but nothing was found. The UK Coastguard requested that the crew returned the clothing to its original position for the Coastal Rescue Team to be able to pinpoint their search area. The river search was terminated at 5.22pm and the lifeboat returned to the station.

At 7:54pm the stations Atlantic 85 lifeboat Renée Sherman and volunteer crew launched for the second time following a call from a jet skier to the UK Coastguard stating that his jet ski had broken down a quarter of a mile from the beach between Littlehampton Harbour and Climping. On scene the lifeboat crew rigged up a tow line to the jet ski and towed it and the skier back to Fisherman’s Quay in Littlehampton Harbour, where the Coastal Rescue Team were waiting to interview the jet skier. The lifeboat returned to the station at 8:45pm where it was refuelled and made ready for service.

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