Littlehampton RNLI midnight search

RNLI lifeboat Ray of Hope
RNLI lifeboat Ray of Hope

The volunteer crew at Littlehampton lifeboat was called out just before midnight on Saturday (September 10) after an alarm was raised about a female in the sea.

The crew was paged at 11.44pm, reporting there was a female in the sea.

Ten minutes later, the RNLI station’s D class lifeboat, Ray of Hope, was launched and headed out to the reported location in the sea, opposite Littlehampton Leisure Centre in Sea Road.

On arrival at the scene the crew commenced the search close to the water’s edge, along with a police helicopter also in attendance.

At 12.09am, a request was made for Littlehampton’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat, Renée Sherman, to launch and assist in a more extensive search for the reported casualty.

Following further information from the coastguard, both lifeboats undertook a wider search of the area.

At 1.39am on Sunday (September 11) it was decided that the search had proved inconclusive and was therefore terminated. Both lifeboats were stood down and they returned to the lifeboat station where they were made ready for service.

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