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Littlehampton RNLI attends 11 call outs in the last four days
8:05am Monday 22nd July 2013 in News
After a very quiet start to the year, there have been 11 shouts in the last four days at the Littlehampton lifeboat station.
The first launch took place on Thursday evening, when the D-class lifeboat ‘Spirit of Juniper’ was called to rescue a sail boarder separated from his board east of the harbor entrance.
On Friday there were three call outs. One of these occurred at 19:52 after a report of a capsized kayak 100 yards off the beach at Worthing.
Two people without life jackets were in the water right next to the pier.
Arriving on scene the crew found the kayak empty the casualties had been thrown a life ring from the pier, one still in the water and one on the struts of the pier.
The pair was not in a good way having been in the water for a long time before the alarm was raised and were transferred to an ambulance for further treatment.
Saturday was equally busy with six distressed swimmers rescued at two separate times of the day.
Nick White, lifeboat operations manager, said: "This busy weekend underlines the constant availability of our volunteer lifeboat crew; the important lesson is to be prepared.
"Sea safety is a message we can’t push more. Wear lifejackets at sea, have a means of communication, avoid inflatables, and swim from the RNLI life guarded beaches."
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