Littlehampton RNLI had a busy afternoon on Wednesday 15th July, with two shouts on the same day.

The first shout came when the crew of a small motor boat called the coastguard by mobile phone. Their vessel had suffered engine failure and broken down four miles south of Littlehampton Harbour and they were stranded at sea without power.

Littlehampton RNLI’s Atlantic 75 Blue Peter 1 lifeboat and volunteer crew launched at 02.36pm and headed out to sea. Weather conditions were good. The lifeboat was soon on scene and came alongside the vessel to prepare for a tow.

The vessel had two crew members on-board and a lifeboat volunteer crew member boarded to assist. The vessel was taken under tow and returned safely to it’s moorings within the harbour.

Safely under tow

Safely under tow

The lifeboat returned to the station at 3:49pm where it was refuelled and made ready for service.

There wasn’t long to wait. The second shout came at 7:52pm when the coastguard reported a male teenager at risk. He was standing in the sea fully clothed, about thirty meters off the beach at Goring.

Again the station’s Atlantic Blue Peter 1 lifeboat and volunteer crew launched and headed out of the river into the sea. They arrived at Goring and began a search of the area. Whilst searching they received a call from the coastguard stating that the teenager was no longer in the water. He was safely on the beach in the hands of the coastguard rescue team and the police.

The lifeboat was stood down. It returned to station at 8:30pm and was refueled again and made ready for service.