2004 Callouts

Date of launch

Time of launch

Weather

Wind

Sea state at
casualty or search area

Date returned

Time refuelled & RFS

Casualty

05/12/04 13:10 Cloudy, good vis W f 2 Calm 05/12/04 14:40 Dive boat with machinery failure unable to recover divers
42. Having just completed our Sunday morning exercise we were informed by VHF radio by Solent CG that an 8.5m dive RIB with 2 PoB had suffered engine failure off Splash Point and had 7 divers under water due to surface in 40 minutes. The lifeboat was on scene at 13:20. The first 2 divers surfaced and were recovered at 13:26 and then 2 more surfaced and were brought aboard at 13:35. The final 3 divers were recovered at 13:45. The lifeboat was back alongside the disabled RIB at 13:50 and a tow was established towards Newhaven. The RIB with 9 PoB was placed alongside in the marina into the care of Newhaven CG at 14:25.
19/11/04 06:21 Part cloudy, good vis NNW f 3 Slight 19/11/04 13:44 Report of red flares
The Sail Training Vessel Eendracht off Beachy Head in the early morning light
41. Solent CG requested that we launch to investigate two separate reports of red flares in Seaford Bay. The lifeboat made a visual and radar search of the bay and around the jack-up barge positioned just offshore. Having found nothing in the bay the lifeboat was requested to proceed to a position south west of Beachy Head for a further search. The Sail Training Vessel "Eendracht" had heard Solent CG's reports of the red flare sightings and offered to help with the search. She reported having sighted a small vessel and subsequently an oil slick 4.25 NM south west of Beachy Head. The lifeboat was requested to carry out an expanding box search from the datum position and Coastguard Rescue Helicopter India Juliet was sent to join the search. At 10:35 the Coastguard fixed wing aircraft "Watchdog 72" joined the search flying higher than the helicopter. Nothing was found and the search was called off at 12:38 by which time the lifeboat's search had covered an area of 30.25 sq. NM. The lifeboat arrived back at Newhaven at 12:59.

NB - The STV "Eendracht" was herself a casualty when she was driven ashore in Seaford Bay in a gale on 21 October 1998. Details of the callout and a series of pictures can be found on the Historic Archive page.

14/11/04 N/A Part cloudy, good vis NNW f 3 Slight 14/11/04 12:15 Yacht with machinery failure
40. Having been at sea for a Remembrance Service, the lifeboat was diverted to a 21ft sailing vessel having suffered water pump failure. The vessel was 0.75 NM south of Seaford Bay and had 3 PoB. The lifeboat was on scene at 11:12 and the yacht was taken in tow to Newhaven where the casualty was placed in the marina.
31/10/04 13:53 Part cloudy, good vis NNE f 3-4 Slight 31/10/04 15:02 Fishing vessel with machinery failure
39. A 27ft MFV was reported to Solent CG as having suffered engine failure due to a fuel blockage. There were 2 PoB and the vessel was drifting south of Friar's Bay to the west of Newhaven. No other vessels were able to assist so the crew were paged at 13:48. The lifeboat was alongside the casualty at 14:06 and the towline was passed. The tow to Newhaven commenced at 14:10 and the vessel was placed alongside its' berth into the care of Newhaven CG at 14:52.
24/10/04 14:35 Part cloudy, good vis SW f 4 Moderate 24/10/04 17:45 Powerboat with gearbox failure dragging anchor
38. We were informed by Solent CG that a 23ft powerboat with 2 PoB had machinery failure and was at anchor off Seaford Head and that with no radio all communications had been by mobile telephone. The lifeboat was on scene at 14:46 and the vessel was found aground above the low water mark. The Y boat was launched with 3 PoB but was unable to land on the rocks due to large dumping seas. One crew member in a dry-suit swam to shore attached to a rope. The occupants of the casualty were advised to make their way on foot to avoid the incoming tide. They were safely taken into the care of Newhaven CG at 15:30. The lifeboat stood by as the tide flooded until a Speedline was fired ashore at 16:00. Our crew member ashore used the rocket line to pull the main towline in and the tow was established at 16:15. The vessel with our crew member aboard was towed off the beach at 16:28 and course set for Newhaven. The vessel was placed alongside in Newhaven Marina at 17:10.
17/10/04 10:32 Part cloudy, good vis WSW f 3 Slight 17/10/04 11:10 Recovery of human body
37. Whilst at sea on exercise with a party of supporters on board we were informed by Solent CG that a local MFV had a dead human male alongside. We were requested to return to harbour to land our guests and then proceed to meet the MFV 0.5 NM south of "Old Nore". The lifeboat was on scene at 10:44 at which time the MFV left. The body was recovered on board the lifeboat at 10:47 and we returned to our berth to hand same over to Sussex Police and Newhaven CG at 10:57. The boat and equipment were washed down before returning to sea to resume our exercise.
13/10/04 17:55 Squally, moderate vis WSW f 4-5 Rough 13/10/04 18:25 Surfer thought to be in trouble
36. Pagers were activated at 17:52 by Solent CG to notify us that a person on a surf board was thought to be in trouble close inshore at Tidemills. The lifeboat left the side at 17:55 and was soon on scene alongside a teenaged male on a surf board in 1.2m of water. He confirmed that he was OK and the lifeboat stood by until he made his way ashore into the care of Newhaven CG. The lifeboat left the scene at 18:20.
25/09/04 10:36 Cloudy, good vis W f 4 Slight 25/09/04 11:45 Large powerboat out of fuel unable to anchor
35. Solent CG requested that we launch to assist a 24ft powerboat with 2 PoB out of fuel and unable to anchor going ashore 100 yards off Peacehaven. We were informed that another vessel had a line on the casualty but was unable to make headway. The lifeboat was on scene at 10:45 and a crew member was put aboard with a portable radio at 10:52. The tow was made fast at 11:00 and the vessel was towed to Newhaven where it was put alongside the slipway pontoon into the care of Newhaven CG at 11:35.
24/09/04 10:50 Part cloud, good vis N f 3-4 Slight 24/09/04 12:20 Capsized sailing dinghy with person in the water
34. We were requested by Solent CG to launch to the assistance of a person in the water unable to board his capsized dinghy in Seaford Bay. The lifeboat was on scene at 10:56 and the person was recovered aboard the lifeboat at 10:58 where he was checked by our paramedic. The lifeboat then returned to the dinghy and righted and bailed water from it before towing it to the beach. The dinghy and person were landed on the beach into the care of Newhaven CG before the lifeboat left the scene at 12:02.
16/09/04 11:20 Part cloud, good vis SW f 4 Slight 16/09/04 13:00 Recovery of human body
33. A request from Birling Gap CG via Solent CG was made that we assist in the recovery of a body at the base of the cliffs west of Birling Gap due to the high tide. The lifeboat was on scene at 11:40 and the Y boat was launched with 3 PoB at 11:46. The Y boat was beached and the body of a male was recovered and taken to Birling Gap where it was handed over to the assembled CG, police and ambulance crews at 12:17. The Y boat was then recovered at 12:24 and the lifeboat returned to harbour at 12:45.
08/09/04 10:48 Blue sky, good vis NE f 5 Slight to moderate 08/09/04 11:40 Small powerboat with machinery failure
32. Solent CG received a call on channel 16 from a 16ft cabin cruiser with 1 PoB having suffered machinery failure and at anchor but drifting. The lifeboat launched at 10:52 and was on scene at 11:00. The vessel was taken in tow and was placed alongside in Newhaven marina at 11:35.
07/09/04 10:04 Part cloud, good vis ENE f 6 Moderate to rough 07/09/04 14:30 Yacht with steering failure
31. We were requested by Solent CG to launch to the assistance of a 36ft yacht with 6 PoB having suffered steering failure some 17 NM south of Newhaven whilst on passage from Brighton to Fecamp. The lifeboat was on scene at 10:45 and the casualty drogue was passed and made fast to the vessel to assist with steerage. A tow was established at 10:58 with a speed of 5 - 6 knots due to the sea conditions. The vessel was moored alongside in Newhaven marina at 14:10.
29/08/04 23:28 Squally, Moderate to good vis WNW f 6 - 7 Rough 30/08/04 04:15 Yacht meeting adverse conditions and taking in water
30. Dover CG requested that we launch to the assistance of a 7m yacht 9 NM SE of Beachy Head. There was 1 PoB, the vessel was meeting adverse sea conditions and the stern tube was leaking when the engine was run and the CG tug "Anglian Monarch" was standing by after the occupant's wife had been airlifted by a French helo earlier. The casualty requested a tow to Newhaven. When on scene the casualty was requested to lower his sail and in a difficult manoeuvre due to the sea conditions the 2nd Coxswain and a crew member were transferred. During the transfer the 2nd Coxswain fell heavily and injured his ribs. A tow was passed at 00:40 and course was made for Newhaven but due to the sea conditions and the size of the boat a speed of only 3-4 knots was achieved. It was thought prudent to change course for Eastbourne's Sovereign marina which was only 9 NM to run and we informed Dover CG of our decision and our ETA of 02:40. Inside the outer harbour at Eastbourne our crew were taken off the casualty and the tow passed to the marina workboat which was met by Eastbourne CG. The lifeboat left Sovereign marina at 02:50 arriving back at Newhaven at 03:50.
29/08/04 19:14 Squally, Good vis WSW f 6 - 7 Rough 29/08/04 20:35 Yacht meeting adverse conditions
The lifeboat was kept up sea of this small yacht in an attempt to protect it from the breaking seas during the escort into harbour
29. We were requested by Solent CG to assist a 29ft yacht with 3 PoB 4 NM south of Newhaven, meeting adverse sea conditions. The lifeboat was on scene with the casualty at 19:25 and escorted the yacht past the breakwater trying to shelter it from breaking waves as best as possible. Meanwhile another yacht, with 5 PoB, which had aborted entry to Brighton marina due to the conditions approached the Newhaven breakwater so we put to sea again to escort them into harbour.
27/08/04 18:42 Rain, Moderate vis WSW f 5 - 6 Moderate to rough 27/08/04 20:50 Large powerboat out of fuel in adverse conditions
28. Solent CG requested that we launch to the assistance of a 27ft cabin cruiser out of fuel at anchor 0.5 NM south of Peacehaven with 2 PoB. The lifeboat was on scene at 19:01 and our 2nd Coxswain was put aboard the casualty to assist as one of the persons was suffering from seasickness. The anchor could not be recovered so it was buoyed off and a tow established at 19:21. The tow was continued to Brighton marina at slow speed due to the weather conditions. The vessel was placed alongside in the marina at 20:01 into the care of Newhaven CG. The lifeboat left Brighton marina at 20:14 and was back at Newhaven refuelled and ready for service at 20:50.
18/08/04 22:30 Drizzle, Moderate to poor vis WSW f 4 - 5 Moderate 18/08/04 23:55 Person thought to be in trouble
27. Newhaven CG requested via Solent CG that the lifeboat assist in a search for a person thought to have been heard calling for help off the East Pier. The lifeboat undertook a slow speed search from within the harbour around the East Pier and into Tidemills. The search then continued across to and around the West Pier extending along the cliffs as far west as Old Nore. Nothing was found and the HMCG search teams and lifeboat were stood down at 23:20, the call being deemed a false alarm with good intent.
15/08/04 12:10 Cloudy, Good vis SE f 1 Calm 15/08/04 13:00 Small power boat with machinery failure
26. Having just completed an exercise at sea and closed down we were asked by Solent CG if we would assist a 17ft speedboat with 4 PoB broken down and at anchor 2 NM south of Seaford Head. The lifeboat was on scene at 12:26 and after the casualty had recovered their anchor the 4 PoB were taken aboard the lifeboat and one crewman was put aboard the vessel. A tow was passed and the tow to Newhaven commenced at 12:34. Inside the harbour the 4 person were returned to their boat which was landed at the marine slipway at 12:55 into the care of Newhaven CG.
13/08/04 13:45 Blue sky, Good vis WSW f 7 Rough 13/08/04 17:40 Survey vessel with machinery failure and anchor not holding
With a large vessel and adverse conditions we always tow at the full extent of our towline to minimise snatch - unfortunately this meant photos had to be taken at full zoom on the camera which made it very difficult to focus on the subject !    This photo taken by crew member's wife Angie Deakin shows the tow shortened as we approached the harbour entrance    The survey vessel safely moored alongside the East Quay by Newhaven port staff and Newhaven CG - the Pilot boat assisted the berthing of the vessel
25. Dover CG requested that we launch to assist a 27m survey vessel broken down 9 NM SE of Newhaven. The vessel with 3 PoB had attempted to anchor but the anchor was not holding. The lifeboat was on scene at 14:20 and stood by the vessel as some gear and the anchor were recovered. Our tow line was passed at 14:25 and when the line had been secured aboard the vessel the tow to Newhaven commenced at 14:28. Owing to the weather conditions and the size of the casualty, weighing 116 tonnes (nearly three times the weight of the lifeboat), the tow speed was restricted. At slow speed our ETA back at Newhaven coincided with dead low water and having regard to the conditions expected at the harbour entrance we requested via the CG that Newhaven Pilot boat assist us on arrival to berth the casualty. Reaching the breakwater at 17:00 having shortened the tow line on our approach the Pilot boat manoeuvred astern of the casualty and attached a line so as to act as a brake. Between the lifeboat and Pilot boat the vessel was manoeuvred alongside the East Quay at 17:15 into the care of Newhaven CG.
30/07/04 19:12 Part cloudy, Good vis WSW f 4 Slight 30/07/04 19:52 Vessel with machinery failure ashore
24. We were requested by Solent CG to launch to a 4.5m vessel ashore in Seaford Bay. The lifeboat was on scene at 19:22 to find Newhaven CG in attendance with both occupants safely ashore. A tow line was passed ashore to HMCG who made it fast to the vessel. With the line made fast on our bow the lifeboat towed the vessel off the beach at 19:27. In deeper water the tow was transferred aft and the vessel was towed into harbour and placed in the marina at 19:46.
26/07/04 17:12 Cloudy, Good vis W f 5 Moderate 26/07/04 18:32 Vessel with machinery failure and unwell person aboard
23. Solent CG received a "Mayday" call from a 38ft motor cruiser at anchor 500 yards south of Peacehaven having suffered engine failure and with 2 PoB, one with a possible heart attack. Coastguard Rescue Helicopter India Juliet was also sent. The lifeboat arrived on scene at 17:22 and 3 crew members and first aid equipment were transferred to the vessel. An assessment was made of the condition of the casualty as a result of which the helo was stood down but an ambulance was requested on arrival at Newhaven. The male casualty who had a history of heart trouble was reassured and given oxygen. The anchor was recovered by the lifeboat crew and a tow was established. The vessel was placed alongside the lifeboat berth at 18:00 where the casualty was handed into the care of Sussex Ambulance Service after which he was taken for assessment to the Royal Sussex County Hospital. The vessel was temporarily moored on the marina fuel berth.
25/07/04 13:05 Part cloudy, Good vis WSW f 5 - 6 Moderate to rough 25/07/04 15:28 Vessel driven ashore in adverse conditions
22. As we had just returned from exercise Solent CG telephoned the boat house to request we launch to a 27ft twin engined cabin cruiser with 7 PoB ashore at Cuckmere Haven. The lifeboat was on scene at 13:15 to find the vessel in 2 ft of water on a rocky shore with a large surf running. A small RIB had a line on the vessel but was unable to tow it off. A veering line was passed from the lifeboat's bow to another RIB and taken in and attached to the tow line to the vessel. Power was applied astern but the tow line soon parted close to the casualty. The Y boat was launched at 13:32 with 2 PoB and the lifeboat's main tow line was taken from the ALB's bow to the casualty's stern by the Y boat. Again power was applied astern and the casualty was pulled stern first off the rocks. Having established that the casualty was not making water and once clear of the shore the tow was transferred to the bow of the casualty and the stern of the ALB. In deeper water the Y boat was recovered and the ALB towed the vessel to Newhaven marina.
23/07/04 14:16 Blue sky, Good vis W f 3 Slight 23/07/04 15:10 Person fallen overboard from RIB
21. A report had been received by Solent CG of a small boat making way in Seaford Bay with no-one on board and we were requested to launch and Coastguard Rescue Helicopter India Juliet was despatched and Newhaven CG proceeding. When we arrived on scene we were told by Newhaven CG that the person fallen from the RIB had swum ashore and the boat was still making way to the east. The RIB was found 1 NM SE of the reported position and taken in tow at 14:38. The vessel was handed over to the owner and Newhaven CG at the Newhaven marina slipway at 15:03.
05/07/04 12:29 Part cloudy, Good vis WSW f 4 Slight 05/07/04 14:10 Powerboat going ashore with person in the water
20. Solent CG requested our immediate launch to a powerboat going ashore under Seaford Head with one person in the water. The lifeboat was on scene at 12:36 and a person was spotted ashore with the boat hitting rocks about 200m to the west. The Y boat was launched manually at 12:42 as the hi-ab was inoperative. Newhaven CG had the casualty visual and the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter India Juliet, which had also been sent, was stood down once it was confirmed the Y boat had been launched. The Y boat recovered the person from the beach and landed him aboard the lifeboat at 12:56 before returning to recover the vessel. Having pulled the vessel off the shore the tow was transferred from the Y boat to the lifeboat. The casualty and vessel were landed into the care of Newhaven CG at the lifeboat berth.
25/06/04 15:06 Part cloudy, Good vis WSW f 5 Moderate 25/06/04 17:50 Yacht in collision with MFV with fouled propeller
19. Dover CG received a call from a 10m French yacht on passage from Dieppe to Brighton requesting help after being in collision with a French MFV. The yacht with 1 PoB was 8NM south east of Newhaven. The bow of the MFV had caught the yacht's mainsail causing damage to the sail, boom and spreaders as well as causing the sheet to foul the propeller. The lifeboat was on scene with the yacht at 15:28, the MFV having left the area. The yacht's skipper had cleared the propeller and got the vessel under way when we arrived. Solent CG requested that we escort the yacht to Newhaven and it was berthed safely in the marina at 17:28.
20/06/04 13:24 Cloudy, Rain, Moderate vis WSW f 5 Moderate 20/06/04 15:14 Small powerboat with steering failure
18. Solent CG requested we launch to a 17ft vessel with 2 PoB with steering failure 8 NM SW from Newhaven. The lifeboat was on scene at 13:48 and a tow was established at 13:56. The lifeboat towed the casualty to Newhaven where the tow was passed to another vessel from the casualty's angling club inside the harbour at 15:02. The casualty was towed to the club slipway north of the swing bridge.
16/06/04 06:00 Part cloudy, Good vis NE f 2 Calm 16/06/04 11:30 Person missing from jet ski
17. The search resumed from the previous service. At 06:05 an MFV reported siting the jet ski (which had been left to drift the previous night as a datum marker) some 2.5 NM south of Peacehaven. Solent CG requested that we recover the ski which we were alongside at 06:16 and lifted onto the deck with Hi-ab. The search for the missing person was resumed between Beachy Head and Newhaven breakwater while the Y boat with 2 PoB searched along the shoreline in Seaford Bay with HMCG teams and the police helo. With nothing found the search was called off at 09:55 and the lifeboat was back alongside the berth at 10:15. The jet ski was inspected by police before being towed by the Y boat to the marina slipway for removal by a police unit.
15/06/04 19:50 Part cloudy, Good vis SW f 2 - 3 Calm to slight 15/06/04 23:40 Person fallen from jet ski
Coastguard Rescue Helicopter India Juliet and Newhaven's ALB search as the sun goes down    
The Coastguard helicopter carried out a visual and infra red search over the ALB and Y boat
16. A member of the public reported that a jet ski rider had fallen from his machine in Seaford Bay and he was not visible from the shore. The lifeboat was alongside the jet ski at 20:03 but the rider was not visible. A parallel track search was made west to east down tide from the last known position to south of Seaford Head. Coastguard Rescue helicopter India Juliet carried out a visual and FLIR search of the area. The Y boat was launched at 20:55 with 2 PoB to make a shoreline search in Seaford Bay whilst the ALB searched further off shore. HMCG teams from Newhaven and Birling Gap searched from ashore between Old Nore (west of Newhaven) to Seaford Head. The Y boat returned to harbour at 22:35 due to lack of light and the ALB stood down at 23:10.
09/06/04 14:11 Part cloudy, Good vis SW f 4 Slight to moderate 09/06/04 16:54 Powerboat with fouled propeller and machinery failure
The Trinity House vessel started to tow the vessel towards us having taken the occupants on board
15. A "Mayday" relay call via the vessel "Blue Hanson" was heard by Solent CG stating that a 21ft powerboat with 4 PoB had fouled her propeller, snapping the drive shaft and required assistance in a position near the Greenwich Light Vessel, some 21.5 NM SSW of Newhaven. The lifeboat launched at 14:11 and made full speed to the area. The Trinity House Vessel (THV) "Vectis" heard the "Mayday" relay and being in the area took the 4 persons off the casualty and started to tow it towards our track. The lifeboat was on scene with the casualty 17.5 NM SSW of Newhaven at 15:00 and one crewman was put aboard the casualty to release the THV's tow. The lifeboat then came alongside the "Vectis" and recovered the 4 survivors before establishing a tow to Newhaven. The casualty was berthed alongside the lifeboat pontoon at 16:25.
03/06/04 15:07 Part cloudy, Good vis SSW f 3 Slight 03/06/04 18:25 Powerboat with machinery failure and taking in water
14. Solent CG requested us to launch in response to a "Pan Pan" call received from an 8m powerboat taking in water and with machinery failure 3 NM SE of Beachy Head. The vessel with 2 PoB had a sea water leak in the seal around the engine's Z drive and was at anchor unable to use the engine. The lifeboat was on scene at 15:38 and the 2nd Coxswain boarded the casualty to assess the situation. He ascertained that the leak was under control but the crew were unable to recover the anchor. The lifeboat took over the task of recovering the anchor in 27m of water. This took some time as the anchor was fouled. Once the anchor and line were recovered a tow was established at 16:41. The vessel was placed alongside in the marina at Newhaven at 18:00.
30/05/04 15:38 Fine, Good vis SW f 3 - 4 Moderate 30/05/04 16:36 Powerboat with machinery failure
13. A 6m angling vessel, with 4 PoB, had suffered machinery failure following an electrical fire and Solent CG requested we launch to their assistance. The lifeboat arrived on scene with the casualty 1 NM south of Seaford Head at 15:49 to find the vessel anchored and all well on board. A tow line was passed and the vessel was towed to Newhaven Marina and placed alongside the pontoon into the care of Newhaven CG at 16:32.
19/05/04 N/A Fine, Good vis SW f 4 Slight N/A N/A Persons in danger of drowning
12. Solent CG requested we launch to assist 3 persons in the sea off the Martello Tower, Seaford Bay. Pagers were activated at 13:39 but the launch was cancelled at 13:43 as it was established that the persons were then safely ashore.
02/05/04 07:10 Fine, Good vis NNW f 2 Calm 02/05/04 10:10 Recovery of human body
11. Birling Gap CG requested us to assist with the recovery of a person fallen from the cliffs at the Severn Sisters. The lifeboat was on scene at 07:27 and the Y boat was launched with 2 PoB. The Y boat made for Birling Gap where 2 police officers and 2 CG Auxiliaries were picked up and transferred to the lifeboat at 08:12. Back at the scene of the casualty the CG and police were transferred to the beach. The casualty was recovered by the Y boat and landed on the lifeboat at 08:44 and the police officers were then also transferred to the ALB. Whilst the CG team made for Birling Gap on foot the ALB transferred the casualty and police back ashore. The Y boat checked the CG Auxiliaries were safely back at Birling Gap before being recovered at 09:00.
26/04/04 16:35 Cloudy, Moderate vis SW f 3 Slight 26/04/04 17:42 Person cut off by the tide
10. Solent CG requested us to launch to a person reported as cut off by the tide west of Seaford Head. Arriving on scene at 16:45 the first informant was standing off the casualty in an 18ft MFV. The Y boat was launched with 3 PoB. The casualty was safely recovered and landed on Seaford Beach into the care of Newhaven CG at 17:00.
26/04/04 10:10 Cloudy, Good vis SSE f 2 - 3 Smooth 26/04/04 12:40 Recovery of human body
9. Birling Gap CG had been tasked to recover a body from the base of the cliffs at Belle Tout but on arrival at scene the condition of the cliff face was not safe. The lifeboat was requested to assist with the recovery. On arrival on scene at 10:29 the Y boat was launched with 4 PoB. The body was recovered with the help of Birling Gap CG and Sussex Police and taken out to the lifeboat. Back alongside the berth at 11:40 the body was handed into the care of Sussex Police and the Coroner's Officer.
05/04/04 N/A Rain, Good vis WSW f 6 Moderate 05/04/04 16:00 Person in danger of drowning
8. Pagers were activated at 15:53 and we were requested by Solent CG to launch to a person in danger of drowning at Birling Gap. Just as the mooring lines were being released to leave the side we were informed the person was ashore and safe and we therefore stood down at 15:58.
02/04/04 20:07 Fine, Good vis ESE f 4 Calm 02/04/04 20:32 Yacht thought to be in trouble
7. A member of the public, himself a yachtsman, reported a small yacht he thought to be in trouble and in danger of going ashore 100 yards south of Splash Point at the eastern end of Seaford Bay. The lifeboat closed the yacht at 20:17 and the sole occupant said that all was OK on board and he was quite happy making his way to Newhaven. As our assistance was not required we left the yacht at 20:19 and returned to station this turning out to be a false alarm with good intent.
12/03/04 19:25 Rain, Fair to poor vis SSE f 4 Slight 12/03/2004 22:45 Person thought to be missing from kayak
6. A request from Newhaven CG was received via Solent CG that our Y boat be used to help search the River Ouse from Southease Bridge north towards Lewes for a possible person missing from an unmanned two man kayak reported drifting to the south of Lewes. Newhaven and Birling Gap CG teams were searching the banks of the river on foot. The lifeboat left the side and launched the Y boat then returned to the berth. The Y boat with 3 crew aboard arrived at Southease Bridge at 19:55 and searched north. At 20:40 the Y boat spotted and recovered the upright kayak and towed it further up river to hand it over to Newhaven CG. The search continued north to Lewes but nothing further being found the search was called off at 21:55. The Y boat returned to station arriving back alongside the lifeboat at 22:10 to be recovered.
04/03/04 04:47 Fog, Poor vis SSW f 3-4 Slight to moderate 04/03/2004 06:55 Large MFV with steering failure
5. We were informed by Solent CG that a 23m, 89 ton Brixham trawler had reported steering gear failure 2.5 NM SE of Newhaven Breakwater and required assistance into harbour for repairs. The lifeboat was on scene at 05:02 and a tow was passed as soon as the trawler's scallop dredges were swung inboard. The tow to Newhaven commenced at 05:18 and slow progress was made into harbour due to low tide, poor visibility and local dredging operations. The casualty was placed alongside the East Quay at 06:30.
26/02/04 19:31 Fine, Good vis N f 1-2 Calm 26/02/2004 23:57 Tug taking in water
4. A 20m plough tug involved in harbour dredging operations reported to the Harbour Control that the vessel was in danger of sinking alongside the East Quay. East Sussex Fire and Rescue Maritime Fire crew and Newhaven CG were in attendance as the lifeboat was requested to standby the vessel. The lifeboat was alongside at 19:34 and 3 crew were put aboard the tug with the lifeboat salvage pump. As pumping reduced the level of water a hole was detected in the vessel's side under the waterline. It was not possible to stop the leak so a decision was reached to beach the vessel on the east side of the East Pier. With Fire crew aboard, the tug was escorted by the lifeboat until it was safely beached. After standing by for a time the lifeboat carried out a change of Fire crew aboard the tug before standing down.
18/02/04 N/A Fine, Good vis Light airs Calm N/A N/A Person attempting suicide
3. The crew were paged by Solent CG at 00:34 and we were informed that a person was in the process of attempting to commit suicide by walking into the sea in Seaford Bay. As the crew assembled however Solent CG confirmed that the person had been recovered from the water by Sussex Ambulance Service and was being taken to hospital. With the incident resolved the crew were stood down at 00:40.
25/01/04 14:50 Fine, Good vis SSE f 2 Slight 25/01/04 15:40 Vessel with machinery failure
2. We received a report from Solent CG that a 5m fishing boat had broken down 0.5 NM west of Newhaven's west breakwater. The lifeboat's speed was restricted due to an engine fault arising from that day's earlier exercise and the vessel was reached at 14:57. The vessel's anchor was found to be fouled and this had to be recovered aboard the lifeboat before the casualty was towed to Newhaven.
05/01/04 14:50 Fog/Drizzle WSW f 3-4 Slight to moderate 05/01/04 16:00 Vessel thought to be in trouble
1. Solent CG received an undesignated VHF DSC alert from a 55 ft vessel some 5 NM SW of Newhaven. Despite repeated attempts, no direct communications could be established with the vessel and Solent CG transmitted a Mayday relay call in response to which a number of merchant ships made for the reported distress position. The lifeboat was on scene at 15:08 but there was no sign of the vessel. The Trinity House Vessel Mermaid, which was making for the reported distress position sighted a vessel matching the casualty's description south of Beachy Head. As the vessel was closed Solent CG managed to raise them on VHF radio and confirmed all was well on board. A faulty VHF DSC was found to be the cause of the incident. The vessel continued on its passage and we were stood down.
Light airs = No appreciable wind PoB = Persons on board NM = Nautical miles CG = Coastguard
ALB = All weather lifeboat ILB = Inshore lifeboat MFV = Motor fishing vessel Helo = Helicopter
EOD = Explosive Ordinance Disposal RIB = Rigid Inflatable Boat Cable = Distance of 200 yds Y boat = Inflatable daughter boat
Hi line = Method of helo transfer using weighted line to reach winch wire f = Force of wind on the Beaufort Scale vis = visibility
"Pan Pan" = urgent radio message concerning the safety of persons "Mayday" = radio message of grave and imminent danger to a vessel or persons
DSC = Digital Selective Calling - automated calling and distress system enabling calls to be made without voice communication
FLIR = Forward Looking Infra Red - heat sensitive detection equipment used by helos to find persons in the water
Speedline = device to fire a rocket projectile to carry a light line up to 250m