RNLI lifeguards in Littlehampton have carried out their first rescue of the season today. A mother and daughter - both adults - were struggling with their inflatable in a strong offshore breeze off Littlehampton East beach in West Sussex.
RNLI lifeguard Brittany Jones, spotted the two women and paddeled out to them using her rescue board. She then helped them to keep afloat until ifeguards from Littlehampton West Tim Walton and Dan Seagrove Castle were able to launch the inshore rescue boat to bring them all safely to shore.
RNLI lifeguards will patrol the beaches at Littlehampton until 7 September.
‘It was a busy day on the beach, but I spotted the two women just outside of the lifeguard zone and they looked like they were having trouble getting back to shore.
‘It’s situations like this where your training really kicks in. Thankfully, it was a happy ending, but we would advise all those visiting a beach to stay in an area where the lifeguards can see you, and if in danger, call for help immediately.’
A man arrested in connection with a fire in Littlehampton, which killed a 24-year-old man, has been bailed. The 29-year-old man from Bognor Regis was arrested on suspicion of murder yesterday and has now been bailed until March 20th while investigations continue.
Terry Davies died in the blaze on South Parade in Littlehampton last September.
The crew of the Littlehampton lifeboat station were called on Friday afternoon to reports of a sailboarder in the rough water separated from his board.
The station's boat was launched at 3.36pm and headed out in gale conditions with an incoming tidal swell to the casualty in Bognor Regis.
The 5.5 mile journey took around 15 minutes and during their route it was reported the casualty had made his own way to the shore and needed no medical assistance.
On route to recovering the man's board, the crew received a call reporting another sailboarder in difficulty off Littlehampton beach.
The caller said they had lost sight of both the victim and his board.
The boat changed course in anticipation for a search and a second crew boat was launched at 4.14pm.
While the crews were searching at sea the coastguards checked vehicles near the main board launching areas, and spoke with other sailboarders to see if any off them were missing or saw anything unusual.
It was concluded that all were accounted for and the boats returned by 5.10pm.
A fire in Littlehampton, where a man died, is now being treated as arson and murder.
Terry Davies, who was 24-years-old, lived in the property in South Terrace when the fire started on Thursday 12th September.
He sadly died from smoke inhalation.
It was originally believed the fire was started by an electrical fault but further investigations by the West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has found that white spirit had been used instead.
The investigation has now been passed on to the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team.
Detective Inspector John Wallace said, "A young man lost his life that night because someone started that fire in the property, a fire which could have cost the lives of other occupants who had to be rescued by firefighters.
"We need to find who is responsible."
Anyone with information is urged to contact the police on 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting Operation Annexe.
A fisherman was rescued this morning after the boat he was on caught on fire.
Emergency services were called around 9.30 this morning to attend the scene. The owner had taken to his liferaft and paddled away from the craft. He was wearing a lifejacket and called for help using his mobile phone.
The lifeboat crew found that the fisherman, who was on his own, had successfully launched and climbed aboard his liferaft. He was unharmed, and was recovered by the lifeboat crew. Shoreham Lifeboat remained on scene and stood by the burning wreck, which has subsequently sunk.
Planning permission for the replacement store was granted last year by the District Council. During construction works we have sought to minimise any disruption, particularly with regard to dust during the hot weather, when we have been regularly damping down the site.
Sainsbury’s is keen to be a considerate neighbour. We are currently arranging a meeting with our neighbours and the local MP so we can understand their concerns more fully and discuss any possible solutions.”