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Littlehampton RNLI called to take over tow of broken down leisure craft.

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteers at Littlehampton RNLI assisted in the recovery of a leisure craft suffering engine failure.

Atlantic 85 lifeboat Renee Sherman heading out tosea.

RNLI/Ray Pye

Atlantic 85 lifeboat Renee Sherman heading out to sea

Following a request from the UK Coastguard on Sunday 16 July, Littlehampton’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat Renée Sherman and volunteer crew launched at 8.14am to take over the tow of a leisure boat that had two men onboard.

The casualties had raised the alarm using the vessel's VHF radio. Shoreham RNLI had already launched and the crew had rigged the tow-line, then taken the casualty in tow after it had broken down one mile east of Worthing Pier.

At the scene, some two miles west of the pier, the tow line was transferred to Littlehampton’s lifeboat and the casualty was returned to Town Quay in Littlehampton Harbour, where it was safely secured.

The two men were handed over to the Coastguard Rescue Team, and the lifeboat returned to the station at 9.51am where it was refuelled and made ready for service.

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