The all weather lifeboat was launched to a report of a lone woman on board a small sailing boat who had injured her chest.

She was unsure of her boat’s position but a nearby vessel was able to tell the coastguard that she was roughly 15 miles south west of Shoreham.

The sea was too rough for the woman to be transferred to the lifeboat and by this time, two crew from the nearby vessel had gone aboard her boat, dropped the sails and started the engine. Two lifeboat crew were then moved onto the boat to assess the woman’s condition and it was decided that the lifeboat would escort the boat back to the harbour.

But after running for a few minutes she was complaining that the motion of her boat and the rough seas was causing her too much pain. The nearby vessel’s rigid inflatable boat was then used to transfer her to the lifeboat and once back into the harbour, she was taken ashore to an awaiting ambulance which took her to hospital.

The lifeboat then re-launched to the woman’s boat and escorted her back into the harbour before she was put back on her mooring.