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Four lifeboats enthrall crowds at the Littlehampton Waterfront Festival

Lifeboats News Release

Littlehampton RNLI’s Open Day coincided with the Littlehampton Waterfront Festival on Sunday 18th August.

Four crew members dressed in drysuits smile in the sunshine

RNLI/Anthony Fogg

Littlehampton RNLI crew members greet visitors to the station

Heavy rain early on soon cleared to reveal a bright and breezy day which brought hundreds of visitors to the RNLI boathouse at Fisherman’s Quay. The station’s Atlantic 85 Class lifeboats Renee Sherman and D class Ray of Hope performed a simulated rescue display in the harbour with one of the RNLI volunteer crew members acting as a casualty in the water. He was swiftly brought back on board and the two inshore lifeboats then escorted visiting vessels from the RNLI stations of Selsey and Shoreham through the harbour entrance.

Crowds gathered to see the Shoreham Tamar Class Enid Collett and Selsey Shannon Class Denise and Eric manoeuvre to moor up at the harbour pontoon, and a steady stream of enthusiastic members of the public were able to tour the vessels which are entirely funded by donations to the RNLI charity.

At the boat house, volunteers were on hand to discuss the history of the station, allowing people to get close up to Littlehampton’s inshore lifeboats and view an excellent display of models past and present.

Nick White, Littlehampton RNLI’s volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager, said: ‘The sight of our two inshore lifeboats escorting the Shoreham and Selsey all-weather lifeboats in to Littlehampton Harbour is always impressive. It was a great opportunity for the volunteer crews to meet up and show the public how their generous donations to the RNLI charity funds vessels dedicated to saving lives at sea.’

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RNLI media contacts

Anthony Fogg, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Littlehampton RNLI 07823 509032 ant_fogg@rnli.org.uk

Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer, London and South East 07785 296252 paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk

For enquiries outside normal business hours contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

Two RNLI vessels moor up at the harbour side in Littlehampton as crowds look on

RNLI/Anthony Fogg

A large crowd gathered at the waterfront to tour the RNLI vessels that were moored on the East bank
RNLI models of vessels past and present were on display in the boathouse

RNLI/Anthony Fogg

RNLI models of vessels past and present were on display in the boathouse

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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