The volunteer crew of Littlehampton RNLI Lifeboat Station assisted a 23-foot yacht that had run aground close to the entrance of Littlehampton Harbour yesterday afternoon (18 June).
Littlehampton RNLI’s Ray of Hope lifeboat was tasked by HM Coastguard shortly before 5pm to reports of a yacht half a mile from Littlehampton Harbour, opposite Littlehampton West Beach.
When the crew arrived on the scene, the yacht was aground and anchored, but there was no one aboard. Visibility was good and the sea was smooth.
Billy Johnson, Littlehampton RNLI Lifeboat Station’s Deputy Launching Authority, said: ‘This shout came at low tide, so the yacht could not return to the harbour. Our crew decided to stay with the vessel for a couple of hours because they were concerned about the risk of the anchor dragging towards the West Works.’
The vessel was successfully refloated just before 7pm and Ray of Hope towed it back to its berth at Littlehampton Marina.