Rescue off Langstone Harbour

Rescue gratitude

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.

Hastings RNLI Lifeboat

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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"Mindless vandalism that could cost lives"

Video. "Mindless vandalism that could cost lives." That's the reaction to an incident which saw two inshore rescue lifeboats slashed and punctured at a seaside resort, used by thousands of holidaymakers.

It happened at Ryde, on the Isle of Wight, just days before the school holidays and at the peak of the summer season. All crew members and the back-up teams are volunteers, and raise their own funds.

July and August are the busiest months of the year for the rescue teams. Last year they saved nearly 100 people who got into difficulty in the water. And they are usually on call 365 days of the year, but not any more.

Dave Russell reports, and spoke to Adrian Farrell from Ryde Inshore Lifeboat.

Beach lifeguards on patrol at Bognor Regis for first time

The new lifeguards at Bognor have been fully trained in the use of lifesaving equipment Credit: RNLI/James Oxley

Lifeguards will be patrolling the beach in Bognor Regis this summer for the first time. The new service from the RNLI, on behalf of Arun District Council, is being launched this weekend.

The lifeguards will be on patrol from 10am - 6pm every day from Saturday 5th July until the 7th September.

The lifeguards will also be offering swimming safety tips to holidaymakers Credit: RNLI

Teams will be equipped with the latest lifesaving equipment including rescue tubes, defibrillators and spinal boards.

The lifeguards will operate from two lifeguard hubs on the beach Credit: RNLI

RNLI Lifeguard Manager Rory Smith said: "We're delighted to team up with Arun District Council to help keep visitors to Bognor Regis's beach safe during the summer.

"Building on the expertise we have developed through 13 years of providing beach patrols elsewhere on the coast, our new lifeguards have been training hard in preparation for the season's opening on Saturday 5 July.

"Bognor is a busy seaside resort which attracts lots of tourists and locals to its beaches and our lifeguards will be keeping them safe throughout the summer months."

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RNLI warns 'alcohol and water do not mix'

RNLI crews have been involved in a number of alcohol-related rescues

The RNLI has been reminding the public that 'alcohol and water do not mix'. The alert comes after one man jumped from Brighton Pier after one too many drinks.

Roger Cohen, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Brighton RNLI said:

"We all know what it's like; a hot day, a few drinks with friends, the sun beating down. Suddenly the sea becomes a seductive and inviting way to cool off. But as these, and other incidents, show, alcohol and water don't mix.

"My lifeboat crew who assisted the man that jumped from the pier believed he was heavily under the influence of drink - they assessed his condition and concluded he had been drinking.

"What seemed like a bit of harmless fun jumping from the pier into the sea below could have ended much worse for him."

RNLI warns bathers over changes in currents

The RNLI is bracing itself for another busy summer and is warning bathers that winter storms have altered sea currents and the physical structure of the shoreline in places. Last year was the busiest on record for the beach lifeguard teams who helped around 3,000 people.

Martin Dowse went to meet some of this year's lifeguards as they were put through their paces during their training.

New lifeguards ready for a busy summer!

With the sun expected to shine this weekend, the RNLI lifeguards are preparing for action.

Today at Weymouth, they'll be training new recruits and getting them ready for the summer beach season.

Last year they helped more than 21,000 people around the UK.

Lifeguards on Weymouth beach are preparing for a busy summer! Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Remembering missing sailors of the Cheeki Rafiki

Friends of the skipper of the lost yacht Cheeki Rafiki are to set sail in his memory later this summer to raise money for the RNLI.

Andrew Bridge from Farnham and James Male from Romsey were among four sailors who disappeared when the Southampton based vessel capsized in the Atlantic.

Kate Dawson, Nicky Evans and Roger Swift with Aaron Gent from the RNLI Credit: ITV Meridian

Sailors Nicky Evans, Roger Swift and Kate Dawson, friends with the 21-year-old Cheeki Rafiki skipper, came up with the idea to raise money and sail in his memory.

Within 24 hours of the donation page opening, £20,000 was raised for the RNLI.

Skipper Andrew Bridge, 21, from Farnham Credit: Stormforce
Crew member James Male, 23, from Southampton Credit: Stormforce

They will take part in the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race in August.

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Mother & daughter struggling in sea rescued by RNLI

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.’

– Brittany Jones, RNLI lifeguard

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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