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A dog walker who sank to her waist in mud and became trapped has pledged her support to the RNLI after a lifeboat crew rescued her.

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Three lifeboats in sea rescue

Three lifeboats from Selsey, Eastbourne and Hastings were launched on Thursday night to search for a missing yacht in stormy weather.

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RNLI crew given high award after Sussex teen search

An RNLI coxswain has been recognised for his role in an extensive search Credit: PA Wire

A man who led the RNLI search for a missing teen from Sussex has been awarded one of the charity's highest accolades.

Paul Legendre, from Newhaven RNLI, is to receive the Thanks of the Institution on Vellum for his part in the search for Dylan Alkins.

Dylan, aged 14, vanished while playing in the surf with friends at West Beach in Newhaven, East Sussex, on the 27th October 2013.

He has not been found despite extensive searches involving lifeboat crews, Coastguard teams and a search and rescue helicopter.

On the day Dylan went missing in "atrocious" conditions and storm force 10 winds, Paul led his volunteer crew in an extensive search from the shoreline to the open sea.

The crew were eventually stood down at 9.45pm after six hours at sea.

George Rawlinson, RNLI operations director, said: "

"It is with a mixture of sadness and pride that I nominate Paul for the Thanks of the Institution on Vellum. I know first-hand how much he was affected by this incident and am confident he did everything humanly possible to lead his crew in searching for Dylan that day."

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Hundreds of people saved by crews from the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institute figures for 2013 have shown they had a very, very busy year.

Along the coast and around the Isle of Wight, there were 391 rescue missions.

The busiest lifeboat station was in Portsmouth, whose crews launched 99 times and rescued 131 people.

Portsmouth ranked 7th busiest RNLIs out of all 236 stations.

A total of 433 people were rescued from the coastlines of Hampshire.

To the East of the region, they were just as busy.

The coastlines along Sussex and Kent made 869 rescue missions.

Eastbourne was one of the busiest stations, launching 139 times are rescuing 116 people.

A total of 860 people were rescued from the coastlines of Kent and Sussex.

Littlehampton RNLI call-outs in rough sea

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 RNLI's on-board camera captures the action Credit: RNLI

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.

Yacht rescued after engine failed

The Cowes and Yarmouth lifeboats raced to the rescue of a motor-sailor yesterday evening, drifting on a gale-swept Solent and in danger of being run down by a cruise liner. The brand new 43 foot ketch, Fin Lady, with 3 adults and a child on board, had set out from Hamble in a choppy sea.

But its engine failed and then the storm jib was ripped away. As the boat was swept eastwards Solent Coastguards alerted the RNLI’s Cowes-based Atlantic 85 and Yarmouth’s all weather Severn class lifeboat. A warning was sent to the cruise liner Balmoral that the boat could drift into its path.

Cowes lifeboat was first to reach the Fin Lady, near Prince Consort Buoy. The Fin Lady was taken to a river mooring at the Folly.

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Family pay tribute to sea cave victim

The family of a teacher from Buckinghamshire who died when she was swept into a Dorset sea cave have paid tribute to her.

They described the 30-year-old as a 'wonderful girl' with an 'engaging personality'.

Charlotte Furness-Smith was coasteering, a sport which involves moving along the coastline on foot or by swimming.

Despite the RNLI's attempt to rescue her at the Tilly Whim Caves near Swanage, they could not reach her in time amidst the rough conditions.

Rescue team unable to find dead swimmer's body

Rescue teams have been unable to find the body of a missing swimmer who died while trapped in a sea cave in Dorset.

Dorset Police together with Swanage Coastguard Rescue Team and Swanage RNLI's Inshore Lifeboat conducted a thorough search of the location at Tilly Whim Caves.

The missing woman has not been located and enquiries are ongoing. Officers say they are in close contact with the family.

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