Littlehampton RNLI Rescue by “Blue Peter 1”

Littlehampton’s RNLI is a very busy station.

Each year they handle lots of calls ranging from stranded dogs to sadly, deaths at sea.

Here’s a few pictures from one of their rescues last weekend (15h March 2014) to a stricken motor vessel.

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The Littlehampton RNLI Lifeboat “Blue Peter 1”  being launched from the RNLI’s station in Littlehampton Harbour. Blue Peter is an Atlantic 75 Lifeboat. Her twin 70hp outboard motors give her a maximum speed of 30 knots and she has a self-righting system in the event of a capsize.

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Safely launched, Blue Peter 1 turns towards the harbour entrance and the power is on to get out to the emergency as soon as possible.

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Photographing Blue Peter 1 as it leaves the harbour isn’t easy as it quite literally rockets past. Good news if you’re the unfortunate ones relying on its assistance.

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The blue flashing light indicates it’s not a training exercise.

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Before long it’s out of the harbour.

Then returns with the stricken vessel alongside where it puts the boat back on it’s original mooring. I understand that this call was to an engine failure. The seas off Littlehampton can be quite treacherous and an engine failure can potentially be catastrophic in the confused and fast running harbour entrance.

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Safely back in the calm and shelter of Littlehampton Harbour.

The RNLI at Littlehampton are always on the look out for volunteers, whether this be crewing or to help with onshore activities including fundraising – just pop into the station a friendly chat. Or visit their Website for further information.

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