Men stranded at sea rescued by lifeboat

TWO men were rescued by the Littlehampton RNLI lifeboat after their leisure cruiser suffered a total engine failure this morning.

Friday, 18th March 2016, 4:18 pm
Updated Friday, 18th March 2016, 4:52 pm
Littlehampton RNLI Atlantic 75 Blue Peter 1 lifeboat

The coastguard received a radio call from the crew of a leisure cruiser at around 8.45am this morning, reporting total engine failure and that they were stranded seven and half miles south of Littlehampton harbour.

The volunteer crew of Littlehampton RNLI lifeboat were paged at 8.49am.

The RNLI station’s Atlantic 75 Blue Peter 1 lifeboat was launched at 9.02am and headed out in overcast weather towards the stranded vessel.

A spokesman for Littlehampton RNLI lifeboat said: “On arrival at the scene the lifeboat came alongside the vessel and the volunteer crew rigged a tow line in preparation for its recovery.

“The vessel and two male crew were taken under tow and commenced the journey back to the harbour, where it was returned safely to its moorings.

“The owner of the cruiser thanked the volunteer crew for their assistance and made a donation to the RNLI.

“The lifeboat returned to the station at 11.14am where it was refuelled and made ready for service.”

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