Littlehampton RNLI assists broken down fishing vessel

Volunteer Littlehampton RNLI crew were called into action to help a fishing boat that broke down five miles south of Littlehampton this afternoon (April 10).

The crew, who are based at the Littlehampton RNLI lifeboat station at Fisherman’s Quay, were tasked by HM Coastguard at 5.00pm to help the six-metre fishing boat with three people on board. The boat’s engine would not start and its VHF radio was out of order. The Coast Guard had broadcast a request for help from other vessels but received no response.

When Littlehampton RNLI, on the lifeboat Renee Sherman, arrived alongside the fishing boat, they assessed the situation and decided the best course of action was to tow the vessel to the nearest safe and suitable port – Littlehampton Harbour. The crew rigged a tow and set course for Littlehampton, entering the harbor at 6:25 p.m. The boat was safely moored at Littlehampton Yacht Club and
Renee Sherman returned to the rescue station.

Nick White, Littlehampton RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, said: “We are always happy to help people in difficulty in local waters. Littlehampton RNLI is run entirely by local community volunteers and we receive no government funding. When the pager goes off, our crew drops everything they do to launch our lifeboats and save lives at sea.

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