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Both Littlehampton RNLI lifeboats in joint search operation.

Lifeboats News Release

Littlehampton RNLI was paged at 3:13pm on Saturday 2 June by the UK Coastguard, reporting an unoccupied, capsized canoe.

Both lifeboats heading out to the reported incident

RNLI/Ray Pye (Library)

Both lifeboats heading out to the reported incident

Both Littlehampton’s RNLI’s lifeboats Atlantic 85 lifeboat Renée Sherman and D Class Ray of Hope and volunteer crews launched five minutes apart and headed out in fine weather conditions towards the scene, one mile south of Littlehampton Harbour. At the scene the UK Coastguard, Coastal Rescue Team requested that the lifeboats check an object that had been sighted in the water. Both lifeboats commenced a planned search of the area, but nothing was found. During the later stages of the search one of the lifeboat crew reported possibly seeing an object underwater, so the search was extended to a wider area. Both lifeboats completed the planned search at 5.03pm, nothing was found, and the lifeboats were stood down, returning to the station at 5.39pm, where they were made ready for service.

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