Busy week for Shoreham’s lifeboat crews

RNLI crews in Shoreham had a busy week attending a range of call  PHOTO: Eddie Mitchell
RNLI crews in Shoreham had a busy week attending a range of call PHOTO: Eddie Mitchell

LIFEBOAT crews in Shoreham have had a busy week, being called out four times in six days to help those in trouble.

Emergencies ranged from a missing person, broken down boat and kitesurfer in distress.

The first call-out came on Monday (June 29) at 7.50pm to a 16ft broken down speedboat 100 metres south of Hove Lagoon with three people on board.

The inshore lifeboat team towed the vessel back to its mooring through the locks at the Lady B Marina in Shoreham Harbour.

Then days later on Thursday (July 2) the inshore lifeboat was called again at 11.10am to search the River Adur for an elderly man whom had been reported missing.

An RNLI spokeswoman said: “The crew reached Beeding Bridge and due to the fast flooding tide it was decided to continue up to the weir near Shermanbury.

“On reaching the weir the lifeboat then slowly tracked back to Shoreham as nothing had been found.

“The coastguard then stood the lifeboat down.”

This weekend, while providing safety cover at the Paddle round the Pier event in Brighton on Saturday (July 4), the all weather lifeboat was tasked to assist a jet ski, which had suffered steering failure at 2.45pm.

Once alongside a tow was established and the jet skier was towed back to Brighton Marina.

Later that day, the inshore crew was called to a kitesurfer in distress near Lancing Sailing Club at 6.10pm.

The team pulled him from the water and took him and his kite gear back to the lifeboat station.

He was then handed into the care of the coastguard.