Capsized kayaker rescued by lifeboat crews in Littlehampton

A kayaker in waters off Littlehampton has been rescued by lifeboat crews after capsizing on Friday (April, 24).

The RNLI said they were tasked by the HM Coastguard at just after 3pm to launch their B Class lifeboat Renee Sherman following reports from a concerned member of the public who dialled 999.

The charity said it appeared the person was having difficulty righting the boat.

A volunteer crew located the person in the sea off West Beach, about 170 metres west of the harbour entrance.

Littlehampton’s D Class lifeboat Ray of Hope was also sent as a precaution to assist with the recovery of the kayak, while the casualty was returned to the RNLI boathouse at Fisherman’s Quay to be treated by an ambulance.

Ivan Greer, helm of Renee Sherman, said

“Even with clear blue skies, calm water and a very light southerly wind it is easy to get caught out by the sea.

“When we arrived on the scene the casualty appeared to be getting cold, was unable to right the kayak and could easily have been carried out further offshore on the ebbing current of the River Arun.

“Fortunately, prompt actions by the public, HM Coastguard, the RNLI crew and South East Coast Ambulance Service prevented a more serious outcome.”

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