The inshore lifeboat was launched to assist Littlehampton lifeboat which had been towing a broken down yacht near Bognor Pier.

The 26ft vessel with one person on board had suffered a fouled propeller. Littlehampton lifeboat was intending to take the yacht into Littlehampton Harbour but the low tide made this difficult. Instead it towed the boat towards Shoreham and Shoreham inshore lifeboat crew took over the tow and took it up the river to a berth at Sussex Yacht Club.