Official figures released by the RNLI charity on 27th January show that 2015 was a busy year indeed for Littlehampton’s volunteer lifeboat crews. Collectively, Littlehampton launched Blue Peter 1 and Ray of Hope on 65 rescue missions to a wide range of incidents including commercial fishing vessels in trouble, adrift fishermen, struggling swimmers (both human and canine) as well as to leisure boaters in difficulty.
Overall, the volunteer crews rescued 76 people (13 of those were young people aged under 18). Of the 76 people rescued, 1 was classed as a life saved. This is a specific RNLI criteria where a person would have died had it not been for the RNLI arriving on scene.
The figures show that Littlehampton was the second busiest lifeboat station in the RNLI Sussex Region, with more than a third of the 65 launches occurring at night. Our volunteers carry pagers 24/7 and drop everything to respond to an emergency call to help those in distress.
Littlehampton RNLI Lifeboat Station is manned by a variety of volunteers including lifeboat crew, trainee crew, shore crew, operations team, visitor experience team and the RNLI Gift Shop staff. All volunteers give their time freely to this remarkable charity. Littlehampton is grateful for the kind contributions and donations made by the public which help towards the ever increasing costs of equipment and training.