Three calls for lifeboats

Shoreham lifeboats PHOTO: Eddie Mitchell
Shoreham lifeboats PHOTO: Eddie Mitchell

SHOREHAM’S two RNLI lifeboats were kept busy over a 12-hour period this weekend, having been launched three times.

The first call out was for the new D-class inshore lifeboat on Sunday, at 4.30pm, to a kite surfer that looked to be in trouble.

He was reported to have a half-deflated kite, just to the west of the Shoreham Harbour arm about half a mile off shore.

As the lifeboat crew approached, they saw a kite surfer and kite in the surfline making for shore and then walking up the beach.

After a quick search and with no other kite seen to be in difficulty, they returned to station.

Just as they were washing down the lifeboat and refueling, they then received another report of a kite surfer thought to be in trouble near the lookout behind the Shoreham Harbour wall.

They launched at 5.20pm, proceeded to the scene and found a kite surfer walking along the beach, east to west.

After a quick search of the area and with Solent Coastguard receiving a phone call to confirm the kite surfer who was in trouble had made it safely to shore, they were released to return to station.

The all weather lifeboat was launched at 4.45am on Monday, to a report of a yacht 12 miles south west of Shoreham. The 36ft vessel had radio difficulties and then lost contact with the coastguard.

They crew searched and found the vessel with five people on board near Brighton Marina.

They escorted it safely into Brighton Marina.

Shoreham Lifeboat Station is on Brighton Road, Shoreham. The station’s D-class inshore lifeboat is housed in a modern-built shed and is launched from the boathouse’s slipway.

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