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Littlehampton RNLI to take delivery of new lifeboat

The lifeboat carries a crew of four Credit: RNLI

Littlehampton RNLI is to take delivery of a new lifeboat in May.

The Atlantic 85 is a RIB - a rigid hulled boat, powered by twin 115hp outboard engines, is capable of speeds of more than 35 knots/40mph.

She carries a crew of four and has a higher level of electronic navigational and communication equipment than the boat she replaces.

The new radar system allows the volunteer crew to operate more effectively in poor visibility. Like her predecessor, the current Atlantic 75 lifeboat Blue Peter 1, she will be self-righting.

Dog called 'Storm' rescued at Sea

Cold and wet by safe Credit: RNLI

Lifeboat crews have rescued a dog found swimming a mile out to sea off Hastings in Sussex. Storm the German Shepherd went missing four days ago, but was spotted this morning jumping into the water to chase a seagull.

The search operation was being carried out by the charity Dog Lost.

The RNLI say Storm was "on his last legs" when they reached him. But I'm glad to say he's now recovering well at the vets.

'Storm' at sea Credit: RNLI
Storm is recovering well Credit: The Senlac Veterinary Centre


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Wave of anger at lifeboat station planned for Margate beach

Plans for a modern lifeboat station in Margate are dividing the community.

The RNLI want to build on the beach, near the new Turner Contemporary gallery, to make launches quicker and safer. But some people say the building is ugly and will cut the town's famous beach in two.

Last year Margate's two lifeboats were called out 40 times and rescued 45 people. But the current location of the station makes it sometimes difficult to launch. Sarah Saunders spoke to the RNLI and local residents and businesses.

Trio of cyclists finish 1,500 mile challenge for charity

The cyclists, Hugo Bromell, Rory Mcmillan and Tom James with RNLI supporter Wendy Ellison

Three eighteen year olds from Dorset have finished a challenge to cycle 1,500 miles for charity.

Hugo Bromell, Tom James and Rory McMillian are former students from Sherborne School. They raised more than £2,000 for the RNLI. The challenge took them from Dorset up to Scotland. It took the trio 31 days to complete the feat.

"I decided to take part in the cycle challenge after a lecture from someone at school who told us he has cycled around the world, which I thought sounded very interesting. The three of us wanted to take part in the challenge to raise money for a charity, and because the school had been supporting the RNLI for the past few years it immediately came to mind."

– Hugo Bromell, cyclists

Man dies trying to save child from sea after warnings of dangerous currents

A man has died trying to rescue a child from the sea in Dorset. It happened just hours after a major warning - to be aware of dangerous currents and rip tides.

The tragedy took place off West Bexington Beach in West Dorset. The man managed to save the child but then got into difficulty himself. He died shortly after being airlifted to hospital.

The RNLI has warned even strong swimmers should beware - and says this summer has been particularly busy for rescues.

From Bournemouth, Martin Dowse reports.


New swim safety initiative

One in five children experience near misses in open water.

In response the Amateur Swimming Association along with the RNLI are launching a safety initiative in Bournemouth for seven to fourteen year olds.

They want to show them the difference between swimming in the confines of a pool and an open water environment.

The video below is an RNLI training feature video.

Bid to cut number of deaths on South's coastline

Close to 100 people have lost their lives on the South's coastline in the last four years according to new figures. The news comes as the RNLI launches a campaign to reduce the number of deaths by half. Many who died didn't intend to even go into the water - but were swept away by waves or fell from cliffs. Christine Alsford reports.

Three people rescued after being cut off by tide

Margate's RNLI helped three people cut off by the tide Credit: RNLI

Margate’s RNLI inshore lifeboat assisted three people yesterday when they became cut off by the tide between Margate and Broadstairs.

RNLI lifeguards at Joss Bay raised the alarm after they spotted the group of one adult and two teenagers cut off by the tide at the northern end of Stone Bay.

Coastguards at Dover alerted Margate’s RNLI inshore lifeboat, the lifeguard and his rescue board stood by close offshore until the lifeboat arrived. Once on scene the lifeboat picked up the three people and landed them back at Stone Bay, all three were none the worse for wear after their experience.

“It is the time of year now when people enjoy a walk along the beach and we advise everyone to seek the advice of local lifeguards regarding the state of the tide and areas that may be dangerous on an incoming tide.”

– Nick Smith, deputy launching authority Margate RNLI

New campaign by RNLI to raise cash

The RNLI is encouraging people to give up tea, coffee, fizzy drinks and alcohol to raise funds to help save more lives at sea. The H2 Only challenge involves only drinking water for10 days to raise money for the charity

Campaign by RNLI to raise funds Credit: ITV
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