2005 Callouts

Date of launch

Time of launch

Weather

Wind

Sea state at
casualty or search area

Date returned

Time refuelled & RFS

Casualty

21/12/05 19:12 Cloudy, good vis W f 2-3 Moderate 22/12/05 02:15 Large MFV unable to recover gear in shipping lanes
46. Solent CG received a report from a 22m 86 tonne Dutch beam trawler with 2 PoB with her trawl gear on the sea bed in the shipping lane 15 NM SW of Newhaven. The vessel had run out of fuel due to a miscalculation at Boulogne and without her engine was unable to recover her gear and hence was in danger of collision. The lifeboat was on scene at 20:07 but was unable to go alongside the trawler due to the swell from earlier winds and the trawl beams out each side. We threw a heaving line across and 4 x 25 litre drums were attached and pulled back to the lifeboat. We pumped diesel from our own fuel tanks to fill these and then launched the Y boat with 2 PoB to transfer the full drums back to the trawler. This done the vessels main engine was started and the crew recovered their fishing gear, this whole process taking over 2 hours. Our towline was passed at 22:33 and a course was made for Newhaven at 5 knots. Inside the breakwater the tow was shortened before the vessel was towed into the inner harbour where the tow was released and the casualty moored alongside the East Quay under its own power with the assistance of Newhaven CG. The lifeboat left the casualty to return to its mooring at 01:43.
19/12/05 16:50 Part cloudy, good vis N f 1-2 Calm 19/12/05 17:30 Report of jet ski or person in difficulties
45. A report was received by Solent CG from a person who thought they had seen a jet ski or person in trouble about 500 yards off Peacehaven. Newhaven CG mobile was sent and sighted an object in the water. The lifeboat was on scene at 17:02 and located the object in the beam of a searchlight. The object turned out to be a child's balloon of "Nemo" the fish so the lifeboat returned to station. So despite the call being a false alarm with good intent, at least we found "Nemo" !
18/12/05 15:30 Part cloudy, good vis WNW f 3 Slight 18/12/05 16:45 Vessel with machinery failure
44. We were requested by Solent CG to assist a 23ft angling vessel with 3 PoB 3 NM SW of Newhaven unable to start their engine due to a flat battery. The lifeboat was on scene at 15:45 and our towline was passed. At 15:50 we commenced the tow for Newhaven and the casualty was placed alongside the marina visitors' berth at 16:31.
14/12/05 08:48 Part cloudy, good vis N f 2-3 Slight 14/12/05 15:30 Trawler capsized with persons missing
In the middle of the shipping lanes this was our first grim sight of the casualty     While navy divers searched the capsized vessel from a RIB ships joined the search for survivors    Eastbourne ALB and ILB at the conclusion of the search wait by the upturned hull    Our view of the casualty as we left the search scene
43. Dover CG requested us to come to immediate readiness at 08:39 following a report received from a merchant vessel thought to have been in collision with an MFV which had capsized. We were requested to launch at 08:48 when a report from the bulk carrier "Toledo Carrier" confirmed they had sighted a person on the upturned hull of the fishing boat some 15 NM south east of Newhaven. Eastbourne ALB and ILB were also launched, Coastguard Rescue Helo "India Juliet" was sent and the FPV "Watchful" was proceeding. Arriving first "India Juliet" winched the crewman from the hull and took him to Eastbourne Hospital. When interviewed he confirmed the vessel had in fact towed itself over when its nets became snagged around 17:00 the previous evening and that his three fellow crew were missing. We arrived on scene at 09:36 and were about to commence an expanding box search when the "Toledo Carrier" reported sighting a body. At about this time Warship "Severn" arrived and offered her assistance and that of her RIB. The "Watchful" located the body and we attempted to recover it but it sank below the surface despite our 2nd Cox entering the water to get hold of it. Eastbourne ILB reported hearing knocking from the upturned hull and "India Juliet" was sent to pick up a team of clearance divers to search the hull but this proved fruitless. Whilst carrying out our box search the MV "Vanquish" sighted another body and conned us on to the position. Our 2nd Cox again entered the water to recover it at 11:10. A third body was sighted by the Belgian MFV "Nele" and this was recovered by Eastbourne ILB and transfered to us at 13:05. With 2 bodies recovered and the third lost below the surface there was nothing else could be done and all vessels were stood down by Dover CG at 13:59. We were requested to transfer the 2 bodies to Eastbourne ALB to be taken back to Eastbourne. Warship "Severn" was to stand by the wreck until the arrival of HMCG's tug.

Special thanks should go to the Masters and Crew of the MV's "Toledo Carrier" and "Vanquish" who searched from the beginning to the end of the incident and helped in locating 2 of the bodies.

21/11/05 17:22 Fine, good vis N f 1-2 Slight 21/11/05 19:35 Angling boat with machinery failure
42. A report was received from Solent CG of a 21ft angling boat with 3 PoB unable to start their engine 5NM south of Newhaven. We were requested to launch as no other vessels had responded to Solent CG's VHF call for assistance. The lifeboat was on scene at 17:49 and as the casualty was unable to recover their anchor due to low battery power it was recovered by the lifeboat. The tow line was passed at 17:55 and a course was made for Newhaven at 6 knots. The vessel was placed alongside in the marina into the care of Newhaven CG at 19:10.
07/11/05 14:37 Overcast, good vis SW f 4-5 Moderate 07/11/05 16:00 Recovery of person fallen from cliff
41. Solent CG reported that a person had fallen from the cliffs at the first (most western) of the Seven Sisters, east of Cuckmere Haven. Due to the high tide Birling Gap cliff rescue team were unable to recover the body and our assistance was requested. The lifeboat was on scene at 14:49 and the Y boat with 3 PoB was launched at 14:51. Birling Gap CG conned the Y boat on to the casualty's position in the surf some 20m from the cliff base. The Y boat crew got hold of the body and towed it out to the ALB where it was recovered on board at 15:05. The Y boat was recovered and the lifeboat left the scene at 15:20 arriving back alongside our berth at 15:42 where the body was handed into the care of Sussex Police and the Coroner's Officer.
06/11/05 15:25 Squally rain, moderate vis SW f 7-9 Rough to very rough 06/11/05 16:45 Yacht with machinery failure in adverse conditions
40. A 35ft yacht with 2 PoB reported to Solent CG that it had an overheated engine and was experiencing adverse sea conditions 4 NM south of Newhaven and we were requested to assist. The casualty was found under sail just 0.75 NM south of the breakwater and was asked to head south to gain sufficient sea room to lower the sails and connect a tow. Once 2 NM off the sails were taken in and the tow was passed at 15:56 before a slow turn was made towards Newhaven at which time the wind was gusting to 45 - 50 knots. The lifeboat and casualty passed the breakwater end at 16:27 and once in the shelter of the harbour the yacht was taken alongside the lifeboat and placed alongside the fuel berth at 16:40.
17/10/05 18:50 Fine, good vis ENE f 3 Slight 17/10/05 21:16 Yacht with machinery failure
39. We were informed by Solent CG that they had received a Pan Pan call from a 25ft yacht with 1 PoB 10 NM SW of Newhaven with an overheated engine and we were requested to assist. The lifeboat was on scene at 19:23 and having checked that all was well aboard the vessel a tow was passed at 19:26. A course was set for Newhaven at 7 knots arriving at the breakwater end at 20:55 having slowed to allow the ferry to enter before us. The casualty was placed alongside the fuel berth into the care of Newhaven CG at 21:08.
28/09/05 20:20 Squally rain, moderate vis WSW f 7-8 Rough 28/09/05 22:15 Yacht with machinery failure in adverse conditions
What a difference a few hours make - the casualty towed in the previous night in gale force winds and rain squalls moored serenely under a blue sky
38. Solent CG requested that we launch to assist a 43ft yacht with 3 PoB having suffered engine failure and unable to sail into Brighton marina due to the sea conditions. Brighton ILB was standing by inside the marina entrance. The lifeboat was on scene at 20:42 and a tow was passed at 20:49. Due to the force and direction of the wind it was thought prudent to tow the vessel to Newhaven rather than into the weather towards Brighton. At 20:55 the tow commenced towards Newhaven at 7 knots. The vessel was placed alongside the fuel berth at 21:50 into the care of Newhaven CG.
25/09/05 05:50 Overcast, good vis SW f 4-5 Moderate 25/09/05 07:49 Yacht with machinery and power failure
The casualty tied up alongside the marina fuel berth
37. Solent CG had received a mobile phone call from a 10m ketch 0.5 to 0.75 NM south of Newhaven. The yacht had 3 PoB and had suffered machinery and electrical power failure and was unable to enter Newhaven under sail due to the weather conditions. The lifeboat was on scene at 06:00 and the vessel was requested to sail away from the harbour to give more sea room to pass the tow. Several approaches were made by the lifeboat to put a crew member aboard to assist with the tow but this was aborted as the vessel was unable to maintain a steady course. The vessel was requested to drop all sails and the tow was then passed at 06:30. The yacht was towed back to Newhaven and placed alongside the marina fuel berth into the care of Newhaven CG at 06:56.
24/09/05 17:59 Overcast, good vis SE f 3-4 Calm 24/09/05 18:40 Backing up CG at collapsed berthing jetty and quay
36. We were requested to launch to assist Newhaven CG mobile unit which was at the scene of a collapsed jetty on the west side of the harbour just south of the swing bridge. The CG were attempting to recover gas bottles and fishing nets from the collapsed quay just above the water level but the remains of the jetty were not safe to walk on. The Y boat was launched at 18:05 with 2 PoB and gas bottles and nets were recovered and transferred to a fishing boat. The Y boat was recovered at 18:27 and the lifeboat left the scene and returned to its berth at 18:29.
24/09/05 14:59 Overcast, good vis SE f 3-4 Slight to moderate 24/09/05 16:10 Person missing cut off by tide
The fossil hunter can be seen about 10 feet up the cliff. He had been perched there for about 1 hour 30 mins before we arrived and there was still an hour until high water     The casualty explained that he is a regular collector of fossils from this area and had never been caught out by the tide before
35. Solent CG requested that we launch to assist Birling Gap CG mobile unit in locating a person missing thought to be cut off by the tide whilst fossil hunting between Cuckmere Haven and Birling Gap. The CG mobile was carrying out a cliff top search but it was not easy for them to see the base of the cliffs where the person would have to be due to the height of the tide. The lifeboat was on scene at the first sister at 15:15 and the person was spotted at 15:17 about 10 feet up the cliff of the third sister east of Cuckmere. The Y boat was launched with 2 PoB and the man was recovered from the cliff. He was landed on the beach at Cuckmere Haven into the care of Birling Gap CG. The Y boat was recovered at 15:34 and the lifeboat returned to Newhaven arriving at 15:50.
17/09/05 19:30 Fine, good vis Light airs Calm 17/09/05 20:45 Cabin cruiser with machinery failure
34. Solent CG requested that we launch to assist a 16ft cabin cruiser with 2 PoB having suffered engine failure 0.5 NM south of Seaford Head. The lifeboat was on scene at 19:46 and the tow was passed at 19:50. The casualty was towed at 7 knots to Newhaven where it was placed alongside the lifeboat berth at 20:34.
06/09/05 18:35 Blue sky, good vis SSW f 1 Calm 06/09/05 19:15 Powerboat with machinery failure
The lifeboat went alongside the vessel to check all was ok on board before the tow was passed
33. Newhaven NCI reported to Solent CG that a 21ft powerboat 0.5 NM SW of Newhaven breakwater required assistance as the 2 PoB were seen to be waving. The lifeboat was on scene at 18:40 and the tow was established at 18:43. The vessel was placed on a berth in the marina at 19:05.
23/08/05 18:30 Rain, moderate to good vis NNW f 4 Slight 23/08/05 19:40 Yacht with machinery failure
32. We were requested by Solent CG to assist an 18ft yacht with 2 PoB 400 yards off The Buckle in Seaford Bay. The vessel had engine failure and was having difficulty sailing due to the increasing wind.The lifeboat was on scene at 18:42 and after the casualty had dropped their sails the tow was passed at 18:47. The vessel was towed to Newhaven at 4 knots and placed alongside the fuel berth into the care of Newhaven CG at 19:25.
19/08/05 09:54 Rain, moderate vis NNW f 3-4 Slight 19/08/05 11:40 Recovery of person fallen from cliff
31. Solent CG requested that we recover a person fallen from the cliff just east of Belle Toute reported to be floating face down in the surf line. The lifeboat was on scene at 10:21 and the Y boat was launched at 10:26 with 2 PoB. The person and items of clothing were recovered aboard the Y boat and the person was confirmed dead. The body was taken aboard the ALB and the Y boat was recovered at 10:52. The lifeboat returned to Newhaven arriving at 11:15 when the body was handed into the care of Sussex Police.
15/08/05 N/A Cloudy, good vis SSE f 1-2 Calm N/A N/A Inflatable dinghy thought to be in trouble
30. Solent CG received a report of 2 children thought to be in trouble in a small inflatable dinghy in Seaford Bay. The pagers were activated at 14:35 but as the crew were arriving at the boathouse at 14:38 the "cancel launch" signal was paged as the children had been found to be OK by another vessel.
14/08/05 18:01 Overcast, good vis NNW f 3 Slight 14/08/05 18:50 Yacht with machinery failure
29. On completion of the previous service the lifeboat put to sea to assist a 30ft yacht with 4 PoB and having an overheated engine. As the lifeboat passed the end of the breakwater the yacht was seen to be motoring well towards Newhaven. Having contacted them by VHF radio it was confirmed that all was now well and so the lifeboat escorted the vessel to the fuel berth leaving her at 18:24.
14/08/05 16:09 Cloudy, good vis NNW f 3-4 Slight to moderate 14/08/05 N/A Yacht with sail and machinery failure
28. We were requested by Solent CG to assist a 26ft yacht with 2 PoB south of Cuckmere Haven with sail and engine failure. The lifeboat was on scene at 16:26 and a crew member was put aboard to assist. The tow was passed at 16:36 and a course was made for Newhaven at 6 knots. At 17:44 a "Pan Pan" call was received from another yacht south of Newhaven with engine failure. The casualty was placed alongside the fuel berth into the care of Newhaven CG at 18:00 before returning to sea for the next service.
07/08/05 21:15 Blue sky, good vis NNE f 2 Calm 07/08/05 22:00 Aircraft / hang-glider thought to be in trouble
27. Solent CG received a report that a hang-glider or something similar had been seen to have landed in the sea approximately 1 NM south of Seaford. Newhaven CG were with the first informant when the lifeboat reached the reported position at 21:20. Following guidance from the first informant relayed by Newhaven CG the lifeboat proceeded east until we were in the position he had last sighted the object. Almost immediately a large bunch of balloons was spotted drifting on the surface. Nothing else was found so the balloons were recovered and the lifeboat left the search area at 21:32, this having been assessed as a false alarm with good intent.
06/08/05 N/A Cloudy, good vis WSW f 4 Slight to moderate 06/08/05 N/A Powerboat with machinery failure
26.Whilst on passage to Birling Gap to carry out a helo exercise, Solent CG requested we assist a 20ft speedboat with 3 PoB at anchor 0.75 NM off Seaford Head having suffered engine failure. The lifeboat was on scene at 12:52 and a crew member was put aboard with a portable VHF radio as previous communications had only been by mobile phone. The tow was passed at 13:05 and the vessel was towed to Newhaven. The casualty was handed over to the boatyard workboat at 13:35 and the lifeboat continued its passage to Birling Gap for the exercise.
05/08/05 19:30 Part cloudy, good vis NW f 2 Calm 05/08/05 20:30 Persons trapped under quayside needing medical attention
With the male already aboard being comforted the Y boat tied up alongside to give us extra manpower to recover the female    Members of the CG cliff rescue team worked with our Y boat crew to recover the female in a stretcher    Once safely on our foredeck the female was transferred aft into shelter
25. We were requested by Solent CG to assist Newhaven CG who had been tasked to 2 persons reported to be under the quay by the marine workshops just south of Newhaven swing bridge. The Y boat was launched at 19:34 with 3 crew aboard and they located 1 male and 1 female under the timber quay. Both were in shock and incapacitated, the male having suffered an asthma attack. Working in combination with Newhaven CG cliff team the male was lowered into the Y boat and then transferred to the ALB where he was comforted and reassured. The ALB was manoeuvred under the position of the female who was placed in a stretcher and then taken onto the foredeck before being transferred aft for treatment. Both casualties were taken back to the lifeboat station where they were handed into the care of Sussex Ambulance Service before being taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital.
03/08/05 14:50 Part cloudy, good vis WSW f 5 Moderate 03/08/05 16:20 Yacht with forestay broken and caught under hull
The roller reefing forestay with the jib attached was bent over the pulpit and under the boat    As the forestay had bent around under the hull it was not possible to pull it back up    Once the tow was established the weight of water on the sail bent the forestay back to the surface making it easy to recover on the starboard side
24. Solent CG received a "Mayday" from a 24ft yacht with 2 PoB off Seaford Head. The forestay had broken and it and the jib were caught under the hull and the crew were unable to recover them and therefore were not able to use the engine. A local angling vessel and passing yacht were standing by. The lifeboat was on scene at 15:00 and 2 crew members were put aboard to assist at 15:05 taking a grapnel with them. Initial attempts to recover the gear were unsuccessful so it was decided to try again when under tow. The tow was passed at 15:15 and as soon as way was on the weight of water on the sail helped to bring it to the surface and the gear was quickly recovered on deck. The casualty was towed to Newhaven at 4-5 knots due to the sea conditions and having regard to the danger of the mast collapsing. Alongside the marina the tow was let go at 15:55 and the yacht made its' own way to its' berth.
24/07/05 11:35 Squally rain, poor vis ESE f 6-7 Rough 24/07/05 13:20 Yacht with rudder/machinery failure in adverse conditions
Having shortened the tow in the outer harbour the casualty was pulled up alongside the lifeboat once through the narrows    The casualty being firmly tied alongside the lifeboat so that both can be manouvered as one boat for berthing
23. As we were completing the previous service Solent CG received a "Mayday" from a 28ft yacht with 2 PoB having suffered steering and engine failure approximately 3 NM  SE of Newhaven. The vessel was also experiencing adverse weather conditions. The lifeboat was on scene at 11:52 and our casualty drogue was passed before the tow was connected at 11:53. The casualty was towed to Newhaven where it was berthed in the marina at 13:04.
24/07/05 N/A Squally rain, poor vis ESE f 4-5 Moderate 24/07/05 11:30 Yacht with machinery failure in adverse conditions
22. Whilst on exercise at 10:50 we received a request from Solent CG to assist a 10m Dutch yacht with 4 PoB. The vessel had machinery failure and was unable to enter Newhaven due to the squally conditions. The lifeboat was on scene at 10:55 0.75 NM off Newhaven breakwater and a tow was passed. The vessel was berthed in the marina at 11:20.
21/07/05 21:15 Blue sky, good vis ENE f 2 Slight 21/07/05 22:50 Becalmed yacht with machinery / electrical failure
21. Solent CG requested that we launch to assist a 14m Belgian yacht with 2 PoB. The vessel had suffered machinery and electrical failure and was becalmed south of Seaford Head. The lifeboat was on scene at 21:30 and a tow was passed at 21:35. The casualty was towed to Newhaven at 6.5 knots and placed alongside the fuel berth into the care of Newhaven CG at 22:35.
18/07/05 12:55 Cloudy, squally W f 4-5 Moderate 18/07/05 15:00 MFV with machinery failure
20. We were requested by Solent CG to assist a 26ft MFV with engine failure. The vessel had 1 PoB and was at anchor 0.25 NM south of the first "sister" at Cuckmere Haven. The lifeboat was on scene at 13:13 and as the casualty was unable to recover the anchor it was let go on a buoy. A line was passed and the casualty was towed to Newhaven at 5 - 6 knots. The vessel was placed alongside the West Quay into the care of Newhaven CG at 14:30.
04/07/05 17:00 Squally, moderate to good vis WSW f 4-5 Moderate 04/07/05 17:45 Windsurfer reported to be in trouble
19. Solent CG received a report from the first informant ashore that a sail boarder was overdue last seen over 1 NM SE of Tidemills, Seaford Bay. The lifeboat was on scene at the reported position at 17:08 but there was no sight of the casualty. One of our crew (himself a keen surfer) who had not made the callout was on the beach and located a sail board. The lifeboat made for the position and it was confirmed that the person with the board was the reported casualty, safely ashore, all well and no assistance required. The lifeboat therefore returned to station at 17:16 arriving at 17:25.
04/07/05 00:42 Part cloud, good vis N f 1-2 Calm 04/07/05 02:25 Man reported overboard from car ferry
18. Our assistance was requested by Solent CG in the search for a man possibly having jumped from the car ferry "Sardinia Vera" which was at that time at anchor 2.5NM SW of Newhaven breakwater. The lifeboat was on scene at 00:50 and the search was commenced. Solent CG passed co-ordinates of a box they wished us to search but due to the poor information available as to where or when the man went missing the search was revised before being called off at 02:07.
25/06/05 10:19 Blue sky, good vis N f 3 Slight 25/06/05 10:50 Divers in danger of being carried away by the tide
17. Solent CG requested that we launch to assist 2 divers off the north west end of Newhaven breakwater thought to be unable to make headway to shore against the wind and tide. The lifeboat was on scene at 10:24 and a heaving line was thrown to the divers to pull them alongside. 2 crew entered the water to assist the divers as the lifeboat slowly went astern into deeper water. The divers were exhausted but other wise alright and the crew in the water and aboard helped them to remove their fins, weight belts and air tanks before they were taken aboard the lifeboat. The casualties were landed into the care of Newhaven CG at the lifeboat berth at 10:45.
20/06/05 15:30 Cloudy, moderate vis W f 3-4 Slight 20/06/05 19:00 Large barge with fouled propeller
The barge off Beachy Head at the end of our tow rope    The casualty safely moored on the east quay with the help of Newhaven CG
16. We were requested by Solent CG to launch to a 21m 47 tonne converted Dutch barge with 3 PoB at anchor 1NM south of Beachy Head with her propeller fouled with fishing net. The casualty was found 1 NM east of Beachy Head at 15:58. A crew member was put aboard at 16:04 and he assisted with the recovery of the vessel's anchor. A tow was established towards Newhaven at 7 knots. The casualty was berthed alongside the East Quay into the care of Newhaven CG at 18:05.
19/06/05 19:05 Fine, good vis SE f 3 Slight 19/06/05 21:00 Yacht broken down drifting ashore
Our arrival at harbour coincided with the departure of the ferry so we had to wait in Seaford Bay until she was clear
15. Just as we left the boat from the previous callout we received a request from Solent CG that we launch immediately to assist a dismasted yacht close to the shore under the Seven Sisters with 2 PoB. The lifeboat was on scene at 19:20 finding the vessel just under 0.5 NM south of Hope Point. The yacht was not technically dismasted having had the mast removed ashore but was unable to make headway under power. A crew member with portable VHF radio was put aboard to assist the casualty with the tow. A tow was established at 19:27 and the vessel was towed to Newhaven where it was placed alongside the fuel berth into the care of Newhaven CG at 20:40.
19/06/05 17:47 Fine, good vis SE f 3 Slight 19/06/05 19:00 Fishing vessel with machinery failure
14. Dover CG requested that we launch to assist an 8m MFV 2.5 NM SW of Newhaven with 2 PoB. The casualty had reported on VHF channel 16 that the propshaft had become separated from the engine drive. The lifeboat was on scene at 18:00 and a tow was established at 18:10. The vessel was towed to Newhaven and placed alongside the fuel berth at 18:50.
19/06/05 N/A Fine, good vis SE f 4 Slight 19/06/05 12:45 Powerboat with machinery failure
13. Whilst on exercise in Seaford Bay we received a call from Solent CG requesting that we investigate a powerboat with 2 PoB broken down 0.25 NM west of Newhaven breakwater. The vessel was under observation by NCI watch keepers who reported 2 jet skis were attempting to tow the vessel but making no headway. The lifeboat left the exercise area at 11:25 and arrived on scene at 11:30. The occupants reported that they had a fuel problem but declined our assistance saying that the jet skis would tow them in so we left to continue our exercise at 11:40. On completion of the exercise we checked the vessel on the way back to Newhaven and found it under tow by a jet ski so we returned to station.
09/06/05 12:10 Blue sky, good vis S f 2 Calm 09/06/05 13:30 Powerboat with fouled propellers
12. Whilst the lifeboat was preparing to go to sea with a group of people who have pledged money to the RNLI a report was received via Solent CG of a 30ft motor vessel with 1 PoB having fouled its propellers 2 cables off Peacehaven steps. The party were disembarked and the lifeboat proceeded arriving at the casualty at 12:23 when a crew member was put aboard to assist. The MFV who's gear the powerboat had fouled was close by recovering her string of pots. When the last pot had been recovered the line was cut near the casualty's hull. Our towline was passed at 12:45 and the vessel was towed towards Newhaven at 5 - 6 knots. The casualty was handed over to the marina workboat for berthing at 13:20.
27/05/05 13:13 Blue sky, good vis SE f 4 Slight 27/05/05 14:13 Dog fallen from cliff
11. A request from Newhaven CG was passed via Solent CG that we assist in the recovery of a dog which had gone over the cliff at the old radar station west of Newhaven. The lifeboat was on scene at 13:21 and the Y boat was launched at 13:23 with 2 PoB. The dog was recovered from the water by the Y boat crew who confirmed it had not survived the fall. The dog's body was brought aboard the ALB before the Y boat was recovered at 13:34. The lifeboat was back alongside the berth at 13:47 where the 6 month old Husky pup's body was handed over to it's owner.
25/05/05 11:45 Part cloud, good vis SSW f 2-3 Slight 25/05/05 13:20 Recovery of human body
10. The initial report received by Solent CG from the ferry "Sardinia Vera" was that the vessel had a man overboard. During the report Solent suffered a complete systems failure and Dover CG took over co-ordination. A further report from the HM Customs Cutter "Searcher" confirmed that the ferry had in fact spotted a body in the water. The lifeboat was on scene nearly 4 NM south of Beachy Head at 12:11 to find the "Searcher's" RIB alongside the body. The body was recovered at 12:17 and the lifeboat returned to Newhaven arriving at 12:43. The body was handed over to Sussex Police and the Coroner's Officer at 12:56.
14/05/05 05:48 Cloud, moderate vis NNE f 5-6 Moderate 14/05/05 07:04 Vessel reported abandoned / adrift
9. Following a sighting from the MV "Sardinia Vera" of a dinghy 2.5 NM south of Newhaven with no persons on board Solent CG requested that we launch and carry out a search. The lifeboat was alongside the 4m vessel at 05:59. The boat was found to be dry with no equipment or evidence of persons having been aboard. The dinghy was therefore taken in tow back to Newhaven where it was placed alongside the lifeboat berth. The following day the owners claimed the dinghy and took it back by road to Seaford beach from where it had been set adrift.
10/05/05 12:40 Part cloud, good vis NNW f 3 Slight 10/05/05 13:45 Dog fallen from cliff
The Doberman was so badly injured it was kept aboard the Y boat to minimise its suffering in being handled    Jemma's owners brought her down to meet the crew at our annual fete and we are really pleased that she is healing well
8. Newhaven CG requested via Solent CG that we launch to locate and recover a dog fallen from a 150 ft cliff. There was concern not only for the dog but for the family members attempting to search from the cliff edge and at the foot of the cliffs as the tide was still flooding. The lifeboat was on scene at 12:50 and the Y boat was launched at 12:55 with 2 PoB. The dog was recovered at 13:05 and due to it's injuries it was kept aboard the Y boat which made it's own way to the boathouse escorted by the lifeboat. The Y boat arrived alongside at 13:15 where it was met by family members and a vet. The Y boat was recovered at 13:25.

We are pleased to report that the dog is alive and recovering well.

11/04/05 19:35 Part cloud, good vis WSW f 0 Calm 11/04/05 20:30 Person with head injury aboard a trawler
7. We were requested by Solent CG to assist a 25m Dutch MFV with a crew member needing medical attention due to a head injury. The lifeboat was alongside the casualty 2NM SW of Newhaven at 19:50. The injured man was taken aboard the lifeboat and we headed back to harbour at 20:00. On the return trip 2 of our medics applied a sterile dressing to the wound. On arrival at our berth the casualty was handed into the care of a waiting ambulance crew who took him to the Royal Sussex County Hospital for treatment.
01/04/05 11:09 Fog, moderate to poor vis SW f 1-2 Calm 01/04/05 13:50 Missing person
6. Sussex Police requested our assistance, via Solent CG, in the search for a missing elderly man last seen in the vicinity of Splash Point on the previous afternoon. The lifeboat arrived at the search area at 11:14 and the Y boat was launched with 2 PoB. The ALB and Y boat carried out a search close inshore from Seaford Bay through Cuckmere Haven to part way along the Seven Sisters. At the same time Newhaven and Birling Gap CG's carried out searches ashore. The search continued until 13:30 with nothing found and so we were released from the search arriving back at station at 13:42.
30/03/05 17:15 Fog, poor vis SW f 0 Calm 30/03/05 19:50 Vessel unsure of its' position
5.Solent CG requested that we assist a 20ft yacht with 1 PoB unsure of his position in less than 0.5NM visibility. The lifeboat made best possible speed in the poor visibility and located the casualty by direction finding equipment and radar. The lifeboat arrived alongside the casualty some 6.5NM west of Newhaven at 17:50 and as the skipper was disorientated and dehydrated from seasickness a crew member was put aboard to assist. A tow towards Newhaven was established at 17:59 at 6 knots. The vessel was placed alongside in Newhaven marina into the care of Newhaven CG.
09/02/05 10:10 Cloudy, good vis SW f 4-5 Moderate 09/02/05 12:00 Recovery of human body
4. Solent CG requested us to launch to recover a body in the surf line at the base of the cliffs at Belle Toute. The lifeboat was on scene at 10:30 and the Y boat was launched at 10:35 with 3 PoB. Due to the dumping sea and a problem with the Y boat gear shift a line was attached to the Y boat and it was veered down towards the casualty from the bow of the ALB. The body was reached 5m from the shore line and was held alongside the Y boat whilst the ALB went astern to reach deeper water and clear the surf. The Y boat was then brought alongside the ALB and the young female's body was recovered using the A frame and lifting strops. Owing to damage to the haul up block the Y boat was recovered onto the after deck at 11:05. The lifeboat arrived back at station at 11:35 where the casualty was handed into the care of Sussex Police. The Coxswain's Service Report concluded that "the crew did very well in difficult conditions".
08/02/05 23:50 Misty, moderate to good vis NE f 1 Calm 09/02/05 02:11 Person fallen from cliff
3.We were requested by Solent CG to launch to assist in the search and recovery of a person fallen from the cliffs at Belle Toute. The casualty was last seen floating face down in the water. The lifeboat was on scene at the search area at 00:10 and the Y boat was launched at 00:20 with 3 PoB. A search was made by both boats from Belle Toute to west of Birling Gap whilst Birling Gap and Eastbourne CG searched from the cliff top. 15 parachute flares were fired to illuminate the scene. The CG teams were stood down at 12:55 and the lifeboat completed its' search at 01:25 but nothing was found. The Y boat was recovered and we returned to station.
07/02/05 11:37 Fair, poor vis SE f 3 Slight 07/02/05 13:00 Powerboat with fouled propeller
2. Solent CG received a "Pan Pan" message from a 7.6m single screw powerboat having hit something in the water at speed 0.8 NM off Peacehaven. There were 2 PoB and the vessel was believed to have sustained damage to her propeller and maybe taking on water. The salvage pump was prepared en route and the lifeboat was alongside the casualty and the 2nd Coxswain put aboard to assess the situation at 11:48. The vessel was found not to be making water and as she was unable to make way a tow was established to Newhaven at 12:00. The casualty was placed alongside the Newhaven Marina slipway at 12:37 where she was immediately lifted by boat hoist. The propeller was badly fouled with fishing net.
12/01/05 23:15 Fine, good vis W f 2 Calm 13/01/05 03:37 Person missing, fallen from Ferry / quayside
1. The Newhaven - Dieppe ferry "Sardinia Vera", alongside the quay, reported that a 38 year old crewman was missing, last seen at 22:00 filling the docked vessel's fresh water tanks. The lifeboat launched with extra crew to man the Y boat which was launched at 23:22 with 3 PoB. The lifeboat conducted a search from the south end of the harbour to the south side of the swing bridge. The Y boat carried out a search between the vessel and the quay, around the ferry and under the linkspan and the nearby SeaCat. One crew member in a dry suit made a search in the water alongside the quay with Newhaven CG. After searching all around the immediate area the Y boat searched north through the harbour past the swing bridge and around Denton Island. During this time the lifeboat, Newhaven Pilot Boat and Coastguard Rescue Helicopter "India Juliet" searched the harbour whilst Newhaven and Birling Gap CG joined by port workers searched the quays and river banks. Nothing was found except the casualty's hat floating on the water and the search was called off by Solent CG at 03:00. Transmanche Ferries commissioned a team of commercial divers at first light who found the casualty's body on the river bed.
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 NCI = National Coastwatch Institution (volunteer watch keepers - see links page)
First informant = the person witnessing someone or a vessel in  trouble making the initial report or 999 call to the CG that help is required
Casualty drogue = a sea anchor similar in design to a windsock used to help stabilise casualties under tow (especially with steering problems)