2006 Callouts

Date of launch

Time of launch

Weather

Wind

Sea state at
casualty or search area

Date returned

Time refuelled & RFS

Casualty

26/12/06 11:25 Overcast, moderate vis ENE f 2-3 Slight 26/12/06 12:30 Powerboat with machinery failure
44. We were requested by Solent CG to launch to the assistance of a 23ft powerboat with 3 PoB 0.5 NM south west of Cuckmere Haven having suffered machinery failure. One of the adults aboard was not feeling well and the 7 year old male was very cold. The lifeboat was on scene at 11:37 and found the vessel making way but since it still had fuel blockage problems it was decided to take the occupants aboard the lifeboat for warmth and one crew member was put on the casualty to connect the tow. The vessel was towed to Newhaven where it was landed into the care of Newhaven CG in the marina at 12:08.
05/12/06 15:40 Squally, moderate to good vis SW f 8 Rough 05/12/06 16:40 Report of canoeist/surfer thought to be in difficulties
43. We were informed by Solent CG that a report had been received of a canoeist and board surfer thought to be in trouble just east of the entrance to the River Cuckmere. The crew were paged at 15:33 and the lifeboat left the side at 15:40 making full speed in the 34 knot winds and rough sea conditions. The lifeboat was on scene at 15:50 and commenced a search in heavy surf. When Birling Gap CG mobile arrived on scene at 15:55 they were able to confirm that the 2 persons had come ashore without assistance. The lifeboat therefore left the scene at 15:59 at cruising speed arriving back alongside at 16:17.
24/11/06 N/A Squally rain, moderate vis SW f 6-7 Rough 24/11/06 15:40 Request for assistance to recover human body
42. Solent CG requested that we assist Newhaven CG to recover a dead body in the surf line at Rottingdean near the White Horse hotel. The Sector Manager reported that the body was drifting out to sea. The crew were paged at 15:32 and the lifeboat was just about to leave the side at 15:38 when it was reported by Newhaven CG mobile that the body had been recovered by the CG team from the shore. The launch was therefore cancelled.
19/11/06 10:10 Sunny, good vis WSW f 3-4 Slight to moderate 19/11/06 12:45 Fishing vessel with machinery failure
41. Whilst out on exercise Solent CG reported to us at 10:55 that a small fishing vessel had broken down approximately 2 NM SE of Newhaven and whilst at anchor and so in no immediate danger required a tow into harbour. At the time we were exercising in Cuckmere Haven. We left the exercise area at 11:15 and arrived on scene with the casualty at 11:37 when the anchor was recovered. A tow was passed at 11:40 and the vessel was taken to Newhaven marina where it was berthed into the care on Newhaven CG at 12:15.
10/11/06 10:50 Part cloudy, good vis SE f 5 Moderate 10/11/06 11:55 Request for assistance to recover human body
40. We were requested by Solent CG to launch to recover a body from the foot of the cliffs at Belle Toute which had been spotted by Police helo "H900". Eastbourne ILB had previously been tasked but had suffered engine trouble when on scene and so was escorted back to station by Eastbourne ALB. Having left the side at 10:50 when off Seaford Head at 11:00 one of our crew was suffering chest pains so we turned back for Newhaven. The crew member was administered oxygen and an ambulance was requested on arrival. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 11:12 where the crew member was further assessed and treated by paramedics and technicians from Sussex Ambulance Service. During this period we were informed that the body had been recovered by Police helo "H900" and all Coastguard members were clear of the beach so our services were no longer required. Our crew member was taken by ambulance to the Royal Sussex County Hospital for further assessment and was released at 15:00 with no medical problems found.
29/10/06 21:17 Overcast, good vis N f 2 Slight 29/10/06 23:35 Engine room fire on small merchant vessel
Although out of focus this picture clearly shows the smoke damage over the engine room hatch above the heads of the ship's crew
39. Solent CG received a report at 17:40 from a 1,200 ton suction dredger which had suffered a fuel fire in the engine room. The vessel was at anchor 6 NM south of Newhaven, the engine room was closed down, the fire was under control and no assistance was required. Solent CG maintained regular contact with the vessel and when the master reported that the temperature had dropped and he was ready to inspect the engine room it was thought prudent for the lifeboat to be stood by the vessel as the engine room was opened up. The lifeboat was on scene at 21:40 with fire fighting equipment made ready and fenders deployed ready to go alongside if necessary. The lifeboat stood by close to the vessel's stern as the inspection was made. At 22:37 the master reported that the engine room had been vented and was safe and that the generator had been started. He wished to remain at anchor until daylight before effecting repairs and making for Shoreham. Having checked that we were no longer required the lifeboat left the scene at 22:40 arriving back at our berth at 23:15.
11/10/06 03:15 Thunderstorm and rain, good vis ESE f 4-5 Slight 11/10/06 03:30 Persons in danger of drowning
38. A report was received from the Sussex Ambulance Service via Solent CG of 2 persons who had gone into the river near the Newhaven swing bridge. By the time the lifeboat left the side the position had been updated to between the ferry berth and the harbour entrance. The lifeboat started a search down river and was about to launch the Y boat at 03:23 when Newhaven CG mobile reported that the 2 persons were safely ashore with Sussex Ambulance and Sussex Police in attendance. The lifeboat was stood down at 03:26 and was back alongside at 03:28.
24/09/06 15:13 Sunny, good vis ESE f 4-5 Moderate 24/09/06 15:40 Diver in danger of being carried away by the tide
37. We were requested to launch by Solent CG following a report from a cabin cruiser "Lorna Adam" and Newhaven NCI that a diver was being swept out to sea by the current and was waving for assistance. The crew were paged at 15:09 and the lifeboat left the berth at 15:13. The "Lorna Adam" reported that they had the diver visual and were standing by. The lifeboat was on scene at 15:20 250m offshore west of the breakwater and 1 crew member entered the water to assist in recovering the diver. The lifeboat left the scene at 15:30 and landed the diver at the lifeboat station. No medical attention was required.
10/09/06 14:12 Sunny, good vis SSE f 2-3 Slight 10/09/06 15:08 Divers reported in trouble off the breakwater
36. Solent CG requested that we launch to assist 2 divers reported by a fishing vessel to be stranded on rocks on the western side of Newhaven breakwater. Just after we launched we received a call from a dive RIB that the divers had been recovered but Solent CG requested that we take the divers on board to assess if they needed medical attention and land them at our berth. The divers did not need medical attention and were landed at 14:34. Due to confusion over other divers possibly missing we were re-tasked and left the side again at 14:35 arriving back on scene at 14:40. We spoke to 4 RIBs in the area and watched as further divers were escorted ashore by the RIBs. Some 20 minutes later 3 dive marshals on the beach were able to confirm that all 16 divers from the 3 groups were accounted for so we were released at 15:02 arriving back alongside our berth at 15:08.
09/09/06 16:59 Part cloudy, good vis ENE f 4 Calm 09/09/06 17:41 Vessel stranded and in danger of capsizing
The Y boat approached the precariously perched vessel   The children were taken off first before going back for the adults
35. We were requested to launch by Solent CG to an 18ft boat with 4 PoB reported to be sinking just south of the Newhaven swing bridge. The ALB was unable to proceed north of our berth as the tide was only 2 hours before low water. The Y boat was launched with 2 PoB carrying our portable salvage pump and it left the side at 17:03. When on scene the Y boat crew found the vessel was not sinking but part was aground on the old grid iron and it was listing badly. Two young children were taken off first and landed at the lifeboat berth. The two adults were taken off at 17:21 and the vessel was abandoned to be recovered on the rising tide by the pilot boat. The Y boat was recovered at 17:29 and the lifeboat returned to our berth.
07/09/06 19:41 Part cloudy, good vis W f 2-3 Calm 07/09/06 21:58 Person thought to have fallen from cliffs
34. Solent CG reported that an 18 year old male may have jumped from the cliffs between Cuckmere Haven and Birling Gap. The lifeboat was on scene at 19:52 and the Y boat was launched with 4 PoB. 2 crew were put ashore to search on foot while the Y boat searched inshore and the ALB offshore. At 20:15 the Birling Gap CG shore party together with Y boat crew and ALB re-grouped at Birling Gap for further instructions. The search was called off and the lifeboat stood down at 21:15. The Y boat was recovered and the ALB left the scene arriving back alongside at Newhaven at 21:40.
03/09/06 15:52 Overcast, good vis SW f 5-6 Slight 03/09/06 16:30 Person in danger of drowning north of swing bridge
33. The lifeboat was requested to help with the recovery of a person reported to have jumped into the river north of the Newhaven swing bridge. The Y boat was launched at 15:58 with 3 PoB and a search was carried out from north of the bridge to north of Denton Island. A police officer was transferred by Y boat from the west bank of the river to the east bank. Shortly afterwards the casualty was reported to have been detained by police officers and the Y boat returned to the ALB at 16:14 and was recovered at 16:20. Newhaven CG reported that the casualty in the care of Sussex Police had become unconscious and an ambulance was called and arrived on scene at 16:25.
30/08/06 20:45 Cloudy, good vis W f 4 Moderate 30/08/06 23:55 Large fishing vessel with machinery failure
The lifeboat towed the large MFV towards the quay whilst the pilot boat acted  as a brake at the stern   The casualty safely moored on the east quay as the lifeboat came round alongside to obtain details for the service report
32. A 30m 250 tonne MFV with 6 PoB on passage from Plymouth to Holland reported to Solent CG that their main engine would not restart 7 NM SW of Newhaven. The lifeboat was on scene at 21:15 and our towline passed at 21:18. The casualty was towed towards Newhaven at approx. 4 knots. Due to the size of the tow and our ETA being close to low water the Newhaven pilot boat was asked to meet us on arrival to assist. At 23:00 off the breakwater end our towline was shortened and the pilot boat attached a line to the MFV's stern to act as a brake. The vessel was then towed into the harbour and placed alongside the east quay with assistance from Newhaven CG. The lifeboat then returned to station arriving at 23:31.
27/08/06 22:00 Squally, moderate to good vis WSW f 4-5 Moderate 28/08/06 00:45 Vessel with machinery failure and making water
31. A mobile telephone call for assistance was received by Eastbourne lifeboat station from a 14ft open dory with 2 PoB close inshore off Cuckmere Haven. The vessel had engine failure and apart from lifejackets there was no other lifesaving equipment, power, lights or torches. The call was passed on to Solent CG via Dover CG and the crew were paged at 21:56. At 22:11 the lifeboat received a phone call from the Coxswain of Eastbourne lifeboat stating that the casualty was not sure of their position but was very close to rocks and taking on water. Making best possible speed the lifeboat was on scene at 22:15 and commenced a search joined by Newhaven CG mobile on shore. The lifeboat used radar, searchlights and night sights and between the CG ashore and ourselves 11 white parachute illumination flares were fired. Eventually the lifeboat established direct phone contact with the casualty and following their directions from our position located them by searchlight. The lifeboat came alongside and took the 2 persons onto the lifeboat and 2 crew went aboard the casualty to attempt to remove water from the vessel. The casualty was then taken in tow at 4.5 knots to Newhaven being placed alongside the lifeboat pontoon at 00:28 with assistance from Newhaven CG.
27/08/06 N/A Squally, moderate to good vis WSW f 4-5 Moderate 27/08/06 17:50 Swimmer reported in trouble off Birling Gap
30. We were requested to launch by Solent CG to assist a swimmer thought to be in trouble off Birling Gap. The crew were paged at 17:42 and as the lifeboat was just about to leave the side at 17:46 we received a "cancel launch" page. The person had been recovered from the sea and taken ashore into the care of Birling Gap CG to be treated by Sussex Ambulance Service. The lifeboat was therefore stood down.
22/08/06 19:20 Cloudy, good vis WSW f 4 Slight to moderate 22/08/06 20:55 Person thought to have fallen from cliffs
29. Solent CG received a report from Sussex Police that a person who had been seen on the cliff edge at Seaford Head was thought to have fallen from the cliff. The lifeboat was on scene at 19:30 and the Y boat was launched at 19:35 with 3 PoB. The Y boat put one crewman ashore to search the cliff base whilst crew aboard the ALB searched with binoculars. At 19:55 the lifeboat reported a person on the same part of the cliff edge as the original person had been seen and they were removed by Newhaven CG and Sussex Police. Nothing was found ashore and the search was called off with the Y boat recovered at 20:12. The lifeboat was back alongside at 20:30.
22/08/06 02:10 Part cloudy, good vis N f 2 Calm 22/08/06 02:45 Person in the river having jumped off swing bridge
28. Sussex Police reported to Solent CG that a person had jumped from the swing bridge and was last seen swimming down the river. The lifeboat was on scene at the last known position of the person opposite the south end of the east quay at 02:11. The lifeboat commenced a search of the area but before the Y boat was launched Sussex Police reported that the person was thought to have climbed out of the water and may be hiding in bushes. A dog team was called in and at 02:35 it was confirmed that the person had been found ashore and was in the care of Sussex Police so the lifeboat was stood down.
14/08/06 09:25 Cloudy, good vis W f 2-3 Calm 14/08/06 11:20 Vessel abandoned
To save having to pay the towline out from the Y boat it was flaked out on the beach making it easier to deploy   At the limit of the towline the ALB came in to very shallow water to meet up with Y boat to pass over the tow    Using just one engine dead slow astern the vessel was easily pulled off the sloping beach
27. We received a report from Solent CG that an 18ft vessel had been found abandoned on the shingle beach just west of Newhaven breakwater. It was thought the vessel may have been stolen but the owner had not been traced. We launched with a Sussex Police officer aboard and arrived on scene at 09:30 to find the vessel high up on the beach. The Y boat was launched with 3 PoB to liase with Newhaven CG ashore whilst the ALB searched the area for possible casualties in the water. Sussex Police then confirmed the owner was safe and well ashore and the vessel had been stolen and we were requested to recover it from the beach for forensic examination as soon as possible. The Y boat crew and Newhaven CG prepared the vessel to be launched down the beach using fenders to protect the hull. With lines brought ashore from the ALB a tow was connected at 10:30 and at 10:32 the lifeboat towed the vessel off the beach. The vessel was placed alongside the lifeboat berth into the care of Sussex Police and the Y boat was recovered at 11:10 before going back alongside.
09/08/06 20:00 Part cloudy, good vis N f 3-4 Slight 09/08/06 21:25 Sailing vessel with machinery failure
The yacht lowered her sails ready to be taken in tow   The tow being made fast on the casualty. Through our after rails you can see the float we attach to the tow to help casualties pull it across to them
26. A 10m Dutch yacht with 2 PoB 2.5 NM SE of Newhaven reported to Solent CG that they were unable to enter the port due to engine failure. The lifeboat was on scene at 20:15. After the vessel had lowered her sails a tow was passed at 20:20 and course made for Newhaven at 6 knots. The casualty was put alongside in a marina berth at 21:07 into the care of Newhaven CG, the lifeboat returning to her berth at 21:14.
01/08/06 19:32 Overcast, good vis W f 6-7 Rough 2 - 2.5m swell 01/08/06 20:00 Report of persons in danger of drowning
Taken in the heat of the moment this picture shows two crew members who went over the side to get hold of the female casualty   This photo from a mobile phone was taken by Barry who guided us to the casualties positions from the NCI lookout    Also in the lookout Dave took this mobile phone shot as we backed away having picked up the male casualty   This picture shows the confused clapoptic waves caused by waves bouncing off the breakwater meeting incoming waves   The casualties were taken into the wheelhouse to be assessed and warmed up as the lifeboat backed into deeper water
25. Solent CG requested our immediate launch to 2 persons being swept out to sea west of Newhaven breakwater. The pagers were activated at 19:27 and the lifeboat left the side at 19:32 arriving on scene just west of the breakwater at 19:38. The first casualty was spotted about half way along the breakwater around 50m off and the lifeboat manoeuvred alongside and 2 crew members entered the water to assist the recovery of 1 female. Receiving directions from Newhaven NCI in the lookout and Newhaven CG on the beach the second casualty was spotted very close to the northern end of the breakwater some 50m from the surfline. Again the lifeboat went alongside and 2 crew entered the water and recovered the male casualty. The casualties were taken into the wheelhouse for assessment of possible hypothermia as the lifeboat went astern into deeper water. We left the scene at 19:42 after a very short but dramatic service. The lifeboat was back alongside at 19:50 when both casualties were handed into the care of Sussex Ambulance for assessment.

The Coxswain's report concludes "Good launch time, crew responded well as a team, thereby saving two persons in rough conditions and close quarters."

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30/07/06 10:05 Part cloudy, good vis WSW f 4 Slight to moderate 30/07/06 12:35 Sailing dinghy thought to be in trouble
24. Whilst at sea on exercise 1NM SW of Newhaven breakwater we were informed at 12:04 by Solent CG of a report from Newhaven NCI that a small sailing dinghy with 1 PoB had capsized 0.5NM south of Newhaven. The lifeboat was on scene at 12:06 and closed the dinghy, which was by then sailing again and confirmed all was OK with the person aboard. The lifeboat therefore left the scene at 12:08 to continue with the exercise.
25/07/06 19:30 Blue sky, good vis E f 1-2 Calm 25/07/06 21:50 Inflatable vessels thought to be in trouble
23. The lifeboat was in Seaford Bay on exercise with a training assessor on board with the Y boat afloat. At 20:38 we were informed by Solent CG that a person ashore near Peacehaven Steps had reported 3 inflatable dinghies thought to be in trouble unable to get ashore against the wind and tide. The Y boat and ALB proceeded and were on scene at 20:49. All 3 inflatables were found to be safely ashore which was confirmed by Newhaven CG mobile. As the incident had been a false alarm with good intent, we were stood down at 21:02 to continue our exercise returning to station at 21:35.
22/07/06 09:50 Part cloudy, thunder storms SSE f 3 Slight 22/07/06 14:45 Report of smoke at the base of cliffs near Beachy Head
A crew member can be seen at the water's edge starting the salvage pump from which the fire hose can just be made out running up the beach   Two crew members assessed the casualty hidden behind the large rock    Whilst the casualty was being assessed water was pumped through fire hoses to attempt to extinguish the fire
22. Solent CG requested that we launch to investigate smoke seen to be coming from the base of the cliffs 200 yards west of Beachy Head lighthouse. The lifeboat was on scene at 10:05 and the Y boat was launched at 10:15 with 2 PoB. Once ashore the crew confirmed the fire was of driftwood, tyres and other debris and attempts were made to put the fire out with buckets of water with no real success. The Y boat returned to the ALB to pick up another crew member, salvage pump and fire hoses so that sea water could be pumped up to try to extinguish the fire. Whilst the pump was being used to tackle the fire a Y boat crew member spotted a person's leg move behind a large rock some 100 yards west of the fire and at 10:47 a woman was found to be hiding. When interviewed and assessed by our medic she confirmed she had started the fire to keep warm through the night after being cut off by the tide the previous afternoon. She was suffering back pain related to an earlier operation and was in a very depressed state and extremely embarrassed. One crew member continued to tackle the fire whilst the other two administered Entenox (pain killing gas) and slowly moved the woman, who was suffering spasms in her back, to the Y boat. She was transferred aboard the ALB at 11:24 which made best speed for Newhaven leaving the Y boat with 2 crew and the pumping gear watched over by Birling Gap CG mobile. The woman was handed into the care of a waiting ambulance and police at the lifeboat station and was taken to hospital at 12:05. In the meantime Solent CG had arranged for the Y boat crew to meet East Sussex Fire and Rescue at Birling Gap and take a fire officer and fire fighter to assess the fire. The lifeboat was back on scene at 12:35 where the two Y boat crew and two fire personnel were continuing to tackle the fire using containers found amongst the debris to carry water from the receding sea. At 13:00 the fire officer confirmed the fire was more or less out and that nothing more could be done so the Y boat took the two fire personnel back to the ALB when both boats returned to Birling Gap. The Y boat then transferred the fire fighters back to the beach and retrieved the salvage pump from the care of Birling Gap CG before being recovered aboard the ALB. The lifeboat left Birling Gap at 13:37 and was back alongside at 14:00.
19/07/06 00:10 Clear sky, good vis NE f 5 Slight 19/07/06 03:00 Report of sightings of distress flares
21. Members of the public at the David Lloyd Centre at Brighton Marina reported sightings of distress flares south of the marina to Solent CG at 23:17. Brighton lifeboat was launched to search inshore out to 5NM but when the first informants thought the flares had been further off Solent CG requested that we launch to search offshore from 15NM south to 5NM south of the marina. We were on scene at 00:50 and commenced a search at 10 knots towards the coast using searchlights and radar. During the search two yachts, one heading west the other heading east, were closed and interviewed but nothing had been seen by them. Aircraft "Atlantic 405" carried out an aerial search and Brighton lifeboat and ourselves completed our search areas at 02:10 with nothing found. The search was called off and it was thought the sightings could have been meteorites causing a false alarm with good intent. The lifeboat returned to station and was back alongside at 02:33.
17/07/06 15:50 Blue sky, good vis SE f 3 Slight 17/07/06 17:05 Report of an abandoned craft
20. Having just left the berth on machinery trials we were informed by Solent CG that they had received a 999 call from a small angling boat off the Buckle car park in Seaford Bay stating that they had seen the bow of a derelict craft just below the surface. The lifeboat was on scene at 15:58 and found a badly damaged two man canoe which was recovered aboard at 16:07 before continuing with the engine trials.
15/07/06 17:20 Blue sky, good vis ENE f 5-6 Slight 15/07/06 17:50 Inflatable vessel thought to be in trouble
19. Newhaven NCI reported to Solent CG a small inflatable off the Newhaven west beach with 2 PoB unable to start the outboard engine and attempting to row against the offshore wind maybe requiring assistance. The lifeboat was on scene at 17:27 but both occupants indicated that no help was required. The lifeboat remained on scene until the vessel was safely back ashore on the beach leaving the area at 17:30 and back alongside the berth at 17:42.
10/07/06 18:44 Part cloud, good vis SSW f 2 Calm 10/07/06 19:55 Reported sighting of a body in the water
An initial search of the area where the object had been sighted found nothing so 2 of the Y boat crew entered the water    The Y boat and crew in the water were directed by Newhaven CG ashore to the area the object was last seen
18. A member of the public who had sighted an object, thought to be a body, 500m west of Peacehaven steps and 20m out in the surf reported the sighting to Solent CG who requested us to launch. The lifeboat was on scene at 18:55 and the Y boat was launched at 19:00 with 3 PoB. A search was made of the area as directed by Newhaven CG and Sussex Police ashore. The initial search revealed nothing so 2 of the Y boat crew entered the water to carry out a more extensive search but still nothing was found. The Y boat was recovered at 19:23 and the lifeboat left the scene arriving back at our berth at 19:38.
05/07/06 16:52 Mist, moderate vis WSW f 2-3 Slight 05/07/06 19:10 Sailing vessel with steering and machinery failure
17. Solent CG requested that we launch to assist a 35ft sailing vessel 1NM south of Beachy Head with 2 persons and a dog aboard. The vessel, which had only just been purchased and was on passage from Southwold to the Beaulieu River via Dover, had suffered steering and machinery failure and was unable to sail into the light winds. The lifeboat was on scene at 17:15 and after checking the situation aboard a tow to Newhaven was commenced at 17:24 at 6 - 7 knots. The casualty was placed alongside the visitor's berth in the marina into the care of Newhaven CG at 18:50 when "Hugo" (a very placid English Springer Spaniel) was looking forward to getting ashore after some 14 hours afloat !
02/07/06 N/A Blue sky, very good vis SE f 3 Calm 02/07/06 12:45 Powerboat with fouled propeller drifting ashore
16. Whilst on exercise off Cuckmere Haven we received a report from Solent CG at 11:30 of a 5m powerboat with 2 PoB with a fouled propeller unable to anchor and very close inshore near rocks and fishing markers 0.5NM on a bearing of 240 from the NCI lookout. The lifeboat was on scene at 11:39 and the Y boat was launched at 11:44 with 2 PoB. The Y boat transferred a tow line between the lifeboat and the casualty and once secure the lifeboat towed the vessel clear of the rocks and markers. The casualty was towed to Newhaven escorted by the Y boat. In the harbour opposite the marina the Y boat took over the tow and placed the vessel on the marina slipway into the care of Newhaven CG at 12:10. Having recovered the Y boat the lifeboat was back alongside at 12:26.
28/06/06 11:20 Blue sky, good vis ESE f 4 Moderate 28/06/06 12:50 Sailing vessel with machinery failure unable to anchor
The lifeboat with casualty in tow approaching Newhaven harbour   The casualty being pulled up alongside the lifeboat's starboard side for manouvering
15. A "Pan Pan" call was received by Solent CG from a 7m yacht with 2 PoB 0.5NM off the outfall pipe at Saltdean. The vessel had suffered fan belt failure and was unable to anchor. The Fishery Protection RIB "Sea Search" responded to the "Pan" and started to tow the vessel off the lee shore to get more sea room. The lifeboat was on scene at 11:30 and took over the tow towards Newhaven at 11:38. The vessel was placed alongside the marina visitor's berth into the care of Newhaven CG at 12:20.
26/06/06 23:00 Cloudy, good vis NE f 1-2 Calm 27/06/06 00:23 Hoax call of a person thought to be in trouble
14. Sussex Police informed Solent CG that they had received a call from a very agitated male on a mobile phone reporting that his friend may have gone into the sea near the Brighton Motel at Peacehaven. The lifeboat was on scene at 23:07 and the Y boat was launched at 23:12 with 3 PoB. An inshore search was carried out by both boats from Peacehaven steps to the Newhaven breakwater whilst Newhaven CG carried out a shore search. The Y boat crew used night sights and 6 parachute illumination flares were fired to supplement the searchlights but nothing was found. Sussex Police confirmed that the call had been identified as a hoax and the lifeboat was stood down at 23:48. The Y boat was recovered and the lifeboat was back alongside at 00:15.
12/06/06 N/A Part cloudy, good vis Light airs Calm N/A N/A Possible attempted suicide
13. Solent CG received a report from Sussex Police of male and female clothing and personal items found at Splash Point and a suicide attempt was considered possible. We were paged at 23:27 and brought to "immediate readiness" which involves manning the lifeboat and starting engines and equipment so that we can respond instantly if required. However, after further investigations by the CG the persons involved were found to be safe and well and we were therefore stood down at 23:39.
11/06/06 N/A Part cloudy, good vis W f 3 Calm 11/06/06 13:15 Powerboat taking in water
12. Whilst in Brighton Marina on exercise with Brighton Lifeboat we were informed by Solent CG at 11:30 that they had received a "Pan Pan" call from an 18ft powerboat with 5 PoB in Seaford Bay which had suffered engine failure and was taking in water through the transom. The lifeboat left Brighton Marina at 11:32 and arrived on scene at 11:52 to find the casualty under tow by another vessel. This information had not been passed to Solent CG or the lifeboat. We escorted both vessels into Newhaven Marina and then used our salvage pump to pump the casualty out before our Y boat towed the casualty to moorings at Denton Island to be checked for leaks. The Y boat was recovered at 12:45.
11/06/06 N/A Part cloudy, good vis W f 3 Calm 11/06/06 13:15 Report of a person attempting to commit suicide
11. The lifeboat left the side at 10:10 en route to Brighton Marina for an exercise with Brighton Lifeboat. At 10:15 we were informed by Solent CG of a report from Sussex Police of a person seen at the edge of the cliff at Telscombe Cliffs. The lifeboat was on scene at 10:32 and joined Brighton Lifeboat in a search under the cliffs between the pumping station and Saltdean. The shore was searched by Sussex Police and Newhaven CG. The incident was found to be a false alarm and all units were stood down at 10:50 and the lifeboats therefore continued the exercise.
29/05/06 15:55 Part cloudy, good vis NNW f 3 Slight 29/05/06 17:45 Sailing vessel with machinery failure
The casualty under tow approaching the harbour   In the shelter of the harbour wall the casualty was brought alongside for manouvering
10. Solent CG informed us of a report made by mobile telephone from a sailing vessel with 2 PoB  having suffered engine failure 0.5NM from Newhaven breakwater requiring assistance. The vessel was actually found 3NM SW of Newhaven at 16:20. Our tow was passed at 16:22 and course was made for Newhaven at 16:25. The casualty was placed alongside the marina fuel berth into the care of Newhaven CG at 17:20.
28/05/06 22:47 Overcast, good vis W f 2-3 Slight 29/05/06 02:47 Report of sightings of red flares in mid-channel
9. Dover CG requested via Solent CG that we launch to a position 22NM 160from Newhaven where the sailing vessel "Predator" had reported sighting distress flares. Another sailing vessel "Talisman" and the dredger "Britannia Beaver" were in the area. The lifeboat was on scene at 23:45 and was requested to go alongside "Predator" to interview the crew as to what they had sighted. This done the lifeboat started an expanding square search from the estimated datum position. Eastbourne ALB and Coastguard Rescue Helo "India Juliet" also carried out searches of the area. With nothing found all stations were stood down as we were midway through our 9th search leg at 01:35. The lifeboat was back alongside our berth at 02:20.
28/05/06 N/A Overcast, good vis WSW f 3-4 Moderate 28/05/06 12:30 Vessel in danger of going ashore on rocks
8. Having left the side at 10:15 to carry out an exercise with Coastguard Rescue Helo "Victor Alpha" we were in Seaford Bay when we received a request from Solent CG at 11:00 for immediate assistance to a 5m vessel with 6 PoB with a fouled propeller going aground on the rocks on the western side of Newhaven breakwater. The lifeboat responded at full speed and was on scene at 11:03. The vessel was by then moving away from the breakwater having cleared the propeller. Having checked all was OK on board the lifeboat left the scene at 11:15 to continue the helo exercise.
06/05/06 04:09 Part cloudy, good vis NNW f 1 Calm 06/05/06 12:15 Fire on board cruise liner
When the lifeboat arrived there were merchant ships stood by and the liner's own lifeboats had been lowered for boarding   The master thought the fire had been extinguished so the lifeboat stood by as CG Rescue India Juliet put fire fighters aboard to assess the situation    As India Juliet put fire fighters aboard the liner ships and lifeboats stood by   The FPV Watchful and Eastbourne and Shoreham Lifeboats seen alongside the casualty    The tow can be clearly seen here being established by the Coastguard ETV Anglian Monarch    The crippled liner being towed towards Southampton by the ETV with Shoreham Lifeboat escorting
7. The 11,162 ton cruise ship "The Calypso" transmitted a Mayday at 03:52, the vessel had 708 PoB and reported an engine room fire 20NM SW of Beachy Head, all PoB were preparing to abandon ship and immediate assistance was requested. Dover CG co-ordinating, requested Solent CG to page us at 04:00 and the lifeboat was underway at 04:09 arriving on scene at 04:54 when the ship's master reported the fire thought to be extinguished. The lifeboat was requested by Dover CG to stand by the vessel. Coastguard Rescue Helicopter "India Juliet" was on scene at 05:28 with East Sussex Fire and Rescue members who were transferred aboard to assess the situation. Eastbourne Lifeboat arrived on scene at 05:32 followed by Shoreham Lifeboat at 05:56, Hastings Lifeboat at 05:59 and FPV "Watchful" at 06:00. Other merchant ships also stood by and the Coastguard ETV "Anglian Monarch" arrived at 08:09. When the fire was confirmed out, the casualty was unable to restart it's engines so was taken in tow by the ETV at 09:59 towards Southampton with an ETA of 17:00. All vessels were then stood down except Newhaven and Shoreham Lifeboats which continued to escort the tow until we were stood down 17NM south of Newhaven at 10:42 arriving back at station at 11:31. Shoreham Lifeboat continued the escort until they handed over duties to Selsey Lifeboat who then handed over to Bembridge Lifeboat.
23/04/06 12:07 Drizzle, moderate to good vis NNW f 2-3 Calm 23/04/06 13:50 Fishing vessel with machinery failure
6. On completion of the previous service as the crew were just leaving the boat Solent CG requested that we assist a 9m MFV with drive plate failure with 2 PoB some 7NM south of Newhaven. The lifeboat was on scene at 12:28, a tow was established at 12:33 and a course made for Newhaven at 8 knots. The casualty was placed alongside the marina fuel berth into the care of Newhaven CG at 13:30.
23/04/06 N/A Cloudy, good vis NNW f 1-2 Calm 23/04/06 12:05 Report of a person attempting to commit suicide
5. Whilst at sea on exercise with Eastbourne ALB and ILB off Birling Gap we were requested by Solent CG to proceed to the cliffs at Peacehaven to investigate a report of a potential suicide incident. The lifeboat set off at 11:31 but when just off Newhaven we were informed by Solent CG that the person was in the care of Sussex Police and the incident was resolved. We therefore returned to station at 11:50.
21/04/06 15:50 Blue sky, good vis ESE f 2 Calm 21/04/06 17:20 Reports of a dolphin in distress in Seaford Bay
4. Solent CG received a number of 999 calls reporting a dolphin that appeared to be in a distressed state 200m off Seaford beach and we were requested to assist "Sussex Wildlife" to assess its condition. The crew were mustered by telephone and the lifeboat was on scene at 16:07. The Y boat was launched at 16:12 with 2 PoB and proceeded to the beach to collect 2 members of "Sussex Wildlife" and take them out to the position of the dolphin. After some time of close assessment the wildlife experts found the dolphin to be in good health so the Y boat returned them to the beach and was recovered back aboard the ALB at 17:00.
16/04/06 13:35 Cloudy, good vis W f 4 Slight to moderate 16/04/06 15:00 Angling vessel with machinery failure
3. As the crew were just about to leave the crew room after an exercise a VHF call was heard from an angling vessel to Solent CG stating that it had engine failure 4 NM south of Newhaven. The vessel was being towed by another angling vessel "Rapide" but due to the increasing swell the towing vessel's transom was being damaged. Solent CG requested that we assist and the lifeboat was on scene at 13:50 when the "Rapide" was asked to let go their tow. The lifeboat established a tow at 13:55 towards Newhaven at 7 knots. When inside the harbour at 14:38 the tow was passed back to the "Rapide" to take the casualty back to its mooring north of the swing bridge at Piddinghoe. The lifeboat returned to its berth at 14:45.
09/04/06 20:30 Overcast, good vis N f 4 Slight 09/04/06 23:50 Recovery of abandoned vessels
The three boats moored in front of the lifeboat exactly as they had been towed in   The nearest boat was recovered from the rocks and rafted alongside the other two which were found adrift
2. We were requested by Solent CG to assist in the recovery of a 5.5m GRP sports boat with no PoB aground on the rocks at Crowlink, Seven Sisters. It was agreed that we would launch at 20:30 being an hour and a half before high water. The lifeboat was on scene at 20:45 when Birling Gap CG informed us that 2 further sports boats had been seen tied together with no sign of persons aboard 0.5 NM south of Birling Gap steps. The lifeboat found the 2 boats and put 2 crew members aboard who confirmed there was no one on either. Further fenders were put between the boats and a bridle rigged to attach the tow line. The Y boat was launched with 1 PoB to recover one of the crew leaving the other aboard the sports boats. The Y boat now with 2 PoB was conned by Birling Gap CG to the position of the grounded boat as the ALB returned west with the 2 vessels in tow. After some difficulty the Y boat refloated the grounded boat and towed it out towards the ALB and placed it alongside the other two. Once fast with additional fendering the Y boat and one crew member were recovered leaving two aboard the casualties as a slow tow was made to Newhaven. The three casualties were placed alongside the lifeboat berth at 23:20 with the assistance of Newhaven CG.
03/04/06 18:10 Fine, good vis SW f 2 Calm and moderate 03/04/06 21:50 Search for person reported missing
1. Solent CG requested our immediate launch to assist Newhaven CG in a search for a person thought to have attempted to commit suicide from the Newhaven marina slipway. The lifeboat was on scene at 18:11 and the Y boat was launched with 3 PoB. The Y boat was requested to search the marina while the ALB searched the harbour from the breakwater end to the swing bridge. This area was covered 3 times assisted by the Police helo Hotel 900. At 20:00 the lifeboats returned to station for updated information from Newhaven CG after which the Y boat left to search both sides of the East pier and the eastern side of the West pier. The ALB searched the western side of the West pier and from 0.25 NM either side of the harbour entrance out to 0.5 NM. These searches were completed at 20:50 with nothing found so both boats returned to harbour. The Y boat was requested to stand by the slipway as the ferry entered harbour but was released at 21:10 when it was recovered and the lifeboat returned to station.
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
ETV = Emergency Towing Vessel      
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)