The inshore lifeboat launched to a report of a woman in distress on the wrong side of the railing at Norfolk Bridge over the River Adur Shoreham.

Just as the boat entered the water a member of the public and the Shoreham Coastguard team pulled her over the railings and she was handed over to the care of Sussex Police.

This was believed to be the first call of 2018 for the RNLI in the country.