Littlehampton lifeboat crew answers nine calls

Littlehampton Lifeboat
Image caption Lifeboat manager Nick White said he hoped the rush would quieten down with the end of the holidays

Lifeboat volunteers at a West Sussex station rescued two children, two dogs, two water bikers and the crews of four boats in a "very busy" week.

The Littlehampton RNLI station answered nine call-outs in nine days compared with fewer than two a week normally.

The busy period began on 25 August with the rescue of a stricken cabin cruiser four miles outside the harbour.

It ended on Friday with the rescue of a leisure boat stuck on rocks at the entrance to the River Arun.

Summer holidays

Two children were recovered from the sea when crew members spotted several capsized dinghies off Felpham on 27 August.

Two brothers were towed back to safety when their water bikes suffered engine problems off west beach on Thursday and two dogs were rescued from the River Arun on Friday.

"It has been a very busy time of late," said operations manager Nick White.

"Hopefully things will quieten down now the summer holidays are over."

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