The crew was paged shortly after 5pm on Wednesday 23rd March 2016, and Andy Harris, Rob Devo and Richard Winstanley launched aboard D-769 Ray of Hope just before low water on a spring tide, which means that there was almost no depth on the bar at the harbour entrance.

The casualty was having its own low water problems, having gone aground on Bognor Rocks. The single-handed sailor of the 28ft yacht transmitted a Mayday, anticipating the genuine risk that his vessel could be holed and may then sink.

The lifeboat made its way through the rocks, and transferred Rob Devo to the casualty vessel. When there was sufficient depth on the rising tide, the lifeboat started to tow the yacht out of the rocks and towards Littlehampton. The lifeboat and its tow returned to Littlehampton, securing the casualty at Town Quay at around 8:30pm.

Our photos show the casualty vessel from the lifeboat, and also the view of Ray of Hope towing the casualty to safety.
Approaching the yacht
Safely on tow