Littlehampton RNLI rescues injured person

The RNLI was called out to rescue an injured person.

At around 8.30pm yesterday (Thursday, August 6), the lifeboat station’s Ray of Hope lifeboat helped a seven metre speedboat unable to enter Littlehampton Harbour.

There were four people on board, but one had a suspected broken finger after falling from a towed inflatable and was cold and semi-conscious.

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The RNLI crew took the injured person and a companion to the boathouse at Fisherman’s Quay where paramedics took over.

One of the Littlehampton RNLI's lifeboats

The speedboat and remaining passengers entered the harbour once the water was deep enough.

Helmsman Andy Harris said: “Water temperatures are approximately 18 Celsius in the sea around Littlehampton at the moment, but that is still significantly below human body temperature.

“Coupled with the shock of an unexpected accident and injury there is a risk of hypothermia even on a hot sunny day.”