‘Blue Peter 1’, Littlehampton’s Atlantic 75 lifeboat was launched today at 12:32 after a call to the station reporting a 24ft sailing boat washed ashore on the beach at Ferring.
The yacht sailing in very shallow water came in to difficulty and with a broken tiller ran aground. The crew arrived on scene swiftly and towed the vessel back to the harbour at Littlehampton without the one man crew aboard as he had already left the scene.
Lifeboat operations manager Nick White said ‘Unlike many incidents where a degree of bad luck or poor judgment results in a call for assistance, this was a situation where the occupant had no comprehension of boats or the sea, he didn’t understand the influence of tides on depth, or the need for navigation. This vessel had been recovered by the harbour master from Littlehampton beach a couple of days before and towed to a safe mooring.’
‘This morning the owner headed seaward again and before we were called, had already spent several hours aground after attempting to leave the harbour at low water, and was then witnessed colliding with the rocky spit known as Winkle Island, before finally coming to rest at Ferring. It is immensely frustrating to witness poor boatmanship and a disregard for safety.’