Four men who had been trapped on a boat for more than 12 hours were rescued by Selsey RNLI yesterday.
The UK coastguard received a call at 5.16am on July 19 from a boat stating that the occupants had run out of fuel.
An all-weather lifeboat was requested to search for the 20ft vessel, and despite the men believing they were only two miles off the coast, it was discovered that they were 5 miles south east of Selsey.
A spokesperson from the RNLI said: “After searching between Selsey and Bognor, two possible targets were approached and quickly discounted.
“At 6.05am the mechanic on the lifeboat called their mobile and asked if they had the app on any of their phones to give them a GPS position, and at 6.12am a screen shot of their position was sent back to the mechanic.
“This showed their position as five miles south east of Selsey and also the mobile had seven minutes of battery left.”
Once the four men in the sports boat were found, it was discovered they had left Littlehampton Harbour at 6pm on Monday evening.
The vessel had no VHF radio, flares, lifejackets or warm clothing.
Then men were then checked over, given survivors lifejackets, and then were taken back to Littlehampton for 7.30am.
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