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Grounded yacht assisted by Littlehampton RNLI lifeboat and lifeguards.

Lifeboats News Release

At 4.38pm on Saturday 3 June Littlehampton RNLI received a call from the UK Coastguard requesting assistance to a yacht which had been reported by a member of the public, to have run aground on Rustington beach.

Atlantic 85 Renee Sherman with casualty in tow

RNLI/Richard Ball

Atlantic 85 Renee Sherman with casualty in tow

The station's Atlantic 85 lifeboat Renée Sherman and volunteer crew - helm Andy Harris, Josh Gruber, Adam Grummett and Richard Winstanley - headed out of the harbour towards Rustington in fine weather conditions.

The yacht, with one adult male onboard, had run aground onto the beach. The RNLI lifeguards were already alongside the casualty when the lifeboat arrived and reported that the occupant had left the vessel and had swum ashore. He appeared to be disorientated and had walked away from the beach.

One of the lifeboat crew went aboard the vessel and with the assistance of the lifeguards a tow line was rigged up and the casualty was towed back to Littlehampton Harbour, where it was safely secured alongside Town Quay. The lifeboat returned to the station at 6.51pm.

The male occupant had been located by a member of the public and been taken back to the lifeboat station, where an ambulance had already been requested. He stated that he felt confused and described himself as feeling groggy, following a single-handed journey from Falmouth, his destination being Brighton Marina.

He was handed over to the paramedics so he could be assessed and receive any necessary medical attention. The police were also on hand to take further details.

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