The inshore lifeboat was launched to a small inflatable RIB with two people on board which was reported overdue from Worthing.
The lifeboat joined the all weather lifeboat in the extensive search along with the Coastguard helicopter rescue 175, RNLI lifeboats from Selsey, Newhaven and Brighton and Shoreham and Littlehampton coastguard teams.
Four hours later the missing RIB was located broken down south east of Shoreham. Brighton lifeboat crew took the two men who had been fishing on board before transferring them to the Shoreham all weather lifeboat. The crew took them back to Shoreham lifeboat station to be checked over and their boat was taken to the marina by Brighton lifeboat.
The other assets were stood down.