RNLI - Royal National Lifeboat Institution

06/23/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/23/2019 16:37

Littlehampton RNLI launched to tow stricken yacht near rocks at Bognor

Littlehampton RNLI's Atlantic 85 class lifeboat Renee Sherman launched just before 7pm on the longest day of the year, (Friday 21 June), to reports of a stranded yacht in the waters off Bognor.

HM Coastguard tasked Littlehampton RNLI to launch following a request for assistance from a yacht located a quarter of a mile from Bognor pier. The station's lifeboat Renee Sherman was launched in anticipation of taking the yacht on tow.

The RNLI volunteer crew is ready 24/7 to assist those in distress at sea, but low tide was approaching so it was uncertain whether there would be enough water to get both boats over the bar, a shallow water area at the entrance to Littlehampton harbour.

On arriving at the scene the skipper of the 26ft yacht informed the RNLI crew that his yacht was suffering from a fouled propeller and therefore he was unable to make safe harbour under sail alone.

Due to low tide restrictions it was decided to tow the yacht to Shoreham where the Shoreham RNLI inshore D class lifeboat Joan Woodland then towed the yacht in to the harbour. RNLI lifeboat Renee Sherman was stood down at 8.10pm and headed back to Littlehampton.

Andy Harris, Littlehampton RNLI Helm of Renee Sherman, said: 'Fortunately is was a clear evening, but with a steady Force 4 wind blowing from the south-west the sea state was choppy. With the falling tide we realised we would not be able to tow the yacht back to Littlehampton until much later in the evening so we towed the yacht to Shoreham where our colleagues from Shoreham RNLI then took over the tow of the yacht in to the harbour. The low water at Littlehampton meant that we were not able to return to harbour until 10.25pm.'

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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.

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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