2007 Callouts

Date of launch

Time of launch

Weather

Wind

Sea state at
casualty or search area

Date returned

Time refuelled & RFS

Casualty

03/11/07 16:41 Mist, fair vis N f 1 Calm 03/11/2007 18:00 Powerboat with machinery failure
47. Solent CG received a mobile telephone call reporting that an 18ft powerboat with 2 PoB was at anchor approximately 1NM east of Newhaven and they were unable to start the main or reserve outboard motors. The vessel had no lights, VHF radio, flares or lifejackets and they were unsure of their exact position. The crew were paged at 16:35 and the lifeboat left the side at 16:41. No vessel was found in the reported position but by keeping in contact with the casualty by mobile telephone they were located off the first of the Seven Sisters some 4.5NM east of Newhaven. The lifeboat was alongside the casualty at 17:03 and the anchor was recovered and the 2 occupants taken aboard the ALB. 1 crewman was put aboard and a tow rigged at 17:06 with an ETA at Newhaven breakwater of 17:30. The vessel was taken alongside the lifeboat inside the harbour and the 2 persons were put back aboard before the casualty was handed into the care of Newhaven CG by the marina slipway at 17:38.
30/10/07 20:38 Clear sky, very good vis N f 3 Slight 30/10/2007 21:50 Evacuation of fisherman with chest pains
46. Solent CG informed our LOM  that an 80ft Belgian fishing vessel 8NM SW of Newhaven had requested assistance for a sick crewman with chest pains. The crew were paged at 20:29 and the lifeboat left the side at 20:38 arriving alongside the vessel at 20:55. 3 ALB crew went aboard the MFV with oxygen and a stretcher. The sick man was assessed and thought to have a possible Haema Thorax so he was administered oxygen. He was then assisted up to the deck where he was placed in a stretcher and transferred to the lifeboat at 21:10. The lifeboat made best speed back to Newhaven arriving back alongside our berth at 21:25 where the casualty was transferred by stretcher into the care of Sussex Ambulance Service and taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital.
30/10/07 10:53 Clear sky, good vis NNW f 3 Slight 30/10/2007 13:20 Person attempting to commit suicide
45. Our LOM was paged by Solent CG to request that the crew assemble at the boathouse following a report from Sussex Police of a young male on the cliff edge on Seaford Head who may attempt suicide. The crew were paged at 10:48 and whilst boarding the boat were requested by Newhaven CG cliff team to launch and stand by in Seaford Bay with the Y boat in the water so as to be at immediate readiness. The lifeboat was on scene in the bay at 10:59 and the Y boat was launched at 11:02 remaining alongside the ALB after the engine had been warmed up. A trained Police negotiator arrived to assist the Police and CG members on scene and at 12:49 the man was taken into the care of Sussex Police. The lifeboat was therefore stood down and the Y boat recovered before we left the scene at 12:52 arriving back alongside our berth at 13:04.
20/10/07 14:07 Clear sky, good vis SE f 3 Slight 20/10/2007 17:00 Divers separated from their support vessel
44. Solent CG informed our LOM that a 12.5m dive vessel in a position 6NM 195 from Beachy Head with 13 PoB had fuel starvation problems and with divers still in the water required assistance. The crew were paged at 14:04 and the lifeboat left the side at 14:07. Whilst en route to the casualty position we established that their engine was running intermittently and when we arrived on scene at 14:38 they had recovered all but 2 of their divers who were still on decompression stops. Whilst we were waiting for them to surface we recovered 2 lift bags and the dive shot line. The dive vessel then recovered their remaining divers when they surfaced. At 14:45 the Customs cutter "Valiant" arrived on scene and they transferred an engineer by RIB who solved the fuel problem by 15:20. We therefore started to escort the casualty towards Sovereign Marina. At 15:55 the skipper informed us that all was well on board and that he was happy to make his own way to the marina. We went alongside to transfer the gear we had recovered and at 16:07 we were released by Dover CG to return to station. The lifeboat was back alongside at 16:35.
16/09/07 10:00 Clear sky,good vis SW f 5 Moderate 16/09/2007 13:15 Divers separated from their support vessel
43. Having completed an exercise with Eastbourne ALB and ILB off Beachy Head we were heading back to Newhaven when at 12:15 we spotted 4 divers on the surface 3 cables SW of the breakwater with no dive vessel in the area. We closed the divers and checked that they were OK which they were. They had been diving from the beach and had drifted out past the breakwater end and had not seen the dive support vessel they were expecting. We spotted a RIB some 0.75 NM west of the divers position which we closed at 12:17 and they confirmed they were missing 4 divers. As the car ferry was just about to leave the harbour and the divers were in the fairway we reported their position and asked the RIB to follow us to recover their divers as soon as possible. However as we went back to the drifting divers the RIB missed them altogether and went inside the harbour. We therefore went alongside the divers and commenced recovering them and their equipment at 12:20. When they were safely recovered we took them back to our berth where we landed them at 12:48 into the care of Newhaven CG and their dive RIB which had come alongside our berth.
09/09/07 10:00 Part cloudy, good vis NNW f 3 Slight 09/09/2007 13:20 Divers unwell after missing decompression stops on ascent
One of the divers just leaving the deck in the care of the helo winchman   The casualty and the winchman approaching the aircraft door
42. The lifeboat left the side on exercise and was 0.5 NM south of Cuckmere Haven when we received a VHF call from a dive RIB reporting that 2 divers had surfaced without a stop from a 38m dive due to equipment failure and required assistance. The lifeboat proceeded at full speed and arrived on scene 6.5 NM south of Cuckmere at 11:37. Solent CG had been informed and Coastguard Rescue Helo "Whisky Bravo" was diverted from an exercise off Littlehampton. The 2 divers who were on oxygen were taken aboard the lifeboat to prepare for the helo transfer. "Whisky Bravo" arrived on scene at 11:53 and the lifeboat made full speed to the west to facilitate the airlift. Both divers were lifted into the helo by 12:03 when they were taken to Portsmouth for treatment. The lifeboat returned to station at 12:05 arriving back alongside at 12:50.
05/09/07 12:58 Overcast, good vis WSW f 4 Slight 05/09/2007 14:30 Fishing vessel with machinery failure going ashore
As there was insufficient water for the ALB to approach the Y boat was used to tow the casualty into deeper water
41. Solent CG received a VHF call from a 16ft fishing boat with 1 PoB having suffered engine failure and gone aground on rocks just east of the outfall pipe at Peacehaven. The lifeboat was on scene at 13:13 to find that the occupant had entered the water to try to keep the vessel afloat. The Y boat was launched at 13:15 with 2 PoB and the inflatable was used to tow the vessel out to the ALB. The occupant was taken aboard the ALB where he was checked but required no medical attention. A tow was established and the Y boat recovered at 13:35. When inside the harbour alongside the marina another fishing vessel took over the tow to return the casualty to its mooring. The lifeboat was back alongside our berth at 14:06.
02/09/07 14:07 Clear sky, very good vis W f 5 Moderate 02/09/2007 15:15 Kite boarder in difficulties
40. Having attended Brighton lifeboat's Open Day the lifeboat left Brighton Marina at 14:07 on passage back to station. At 14:30 Solent CG requested that we divert to assist a kite boarder thought to be in difficulties in Seaford Bay. Several 999 calls had been received saying that the kite had remained in one position for a long time and as Newhaven NCI had the kite visual they conned us to its position. The lifeboat was on scene at 14:35 and recovered the person and his kite from the sea having established that he had lost his board. After a short search the board too was recovered. The lifeboat returned to station at 14:45 arriving back alongside at 15:00 where the casualty was handed into the care of Newhaven CG.
01/09/07 16:54 Overcast, good vis W f 5 Moderate 01/09/2007 17:45 Yacht with lost rudder and fouled propeller
39. Solent CG requested that we launch to assist a 25ft sailing vessel with 2 PoB 0.5 NM south of Newhaven breakwater. The vessel had lost its rudder and had a fouled propeller and required a tow into harbour. The lifeboat was on scene at 17:00 and our tow line was passed at 17:02 when the vessel was towed into harbour. As the lifeboat approached the vessel's mooring the tow was let go and it made its own way into the marina at 17:20 into the care of Newhaven CG. The lifeboat was back alongside our berth at 17:26.
01/09/07 15:07 Overcast, good vis W f 4 Slight to moderate 01/09/2007 16:00 Report of a car at the base of cliffs
38. Newhaven CG requested via Solent CG that we launch to investigate a car reported over the cliff at the eastern end of Peacehaven. The lifeboat was on scene at 15:15 and the Y boat was launched with 3 PoB at 15:17. The Y boat went ashore and no persons were found in the car. From identification passed by the Y boat crew the CG confirmed that the vehicle had in fact gone over the cliff one week before and the lifeboat was therefore stood down. The Y boat was recovered at 15:35 and the lifeboat was back alongside our berth at 15:50.
31/08/07 12:40 Overcast, good vis WNW f 3 Slight 31/08/2007 14:15 Dog fallen from cliffs
37. Solent CG requested that we launch to recover a dog fallen from the cliffs near Belle Toute. The lifeboat was on scene at 13:04 and the Y boat was launched at 13:07 with 3 PoB. The dead dog was recovered from the sea by the Y boat and at the request of Birling Gap CG, who were on the cliff top with the foreign owners, was taken to the beach and landed into their care at Birling Gap. The Y boat then returned to the ALB and was recovered at 13:25. The lifeboat was back alongside at 13:52.
27/08/07 17:30 Clear sky, good vis N f 3 Slight 27/08/2007 18:25 Young persons in inflatable and swimmer in difficulties
36. We were requested by Solent CG to launch as there was concern for the safety of a female who had entered the sea attempting to assist her 2 children who were being swept offshore in an inflatable. The lifeboat left the side at 17:30 and whilst we were proceeding we were informed by Solent CG that the woman had reached the inflatable and that Birling Gap safety boat was alongside them. We were asked to continue to their position and arrived on scene at 17:45. Solent CG requested that we remain on scene until all persons were safely ashore so we stood by as Birling Gap safety boat took the woman and the inflatable back to the beach. The lifeboat stood down at 17:50 and arrived back on our berth at 18:16.
27/08/07 11:32 Clear sky, good vis NNE f 3 Slight 27/08/2007 12:57 Powerboat with fire and explosion aboard
The only person aboard the vessel managed to jump clear after the explosion and was recovered by a nearby RIB    Even though the hull was burnt almost to the waterline it was still alight    The trawler in the background had been using its deck hose to try to put the fire out    With most combustible items already consumed by fire the hull itself continued to burn
35. Solent CG requested that we launch to assist a 22ft speedboat on fire 1NM SW of Birling Gap. As there was uncertainty if there were persons in the water we requested that Eastbourne ALB also be launched. Solent CG also despatched Rescue Helo "Whisky Bravo". The lifeboat was on scene at 11:54 to find the sole person from the burning vessel had been recovered aboard a dive RIB so Eastbourne ALB and "Whisky Bravo" were stood down. The casualty was taken aboard the lifeboat where he was assessed but found not to require any medical attention. The lifeboat then proceeded to the burning vessel and used fire hoses to douse the smouldering hull. The casualty vessel sank shortly afterwards in 25m of water. The lifeboat left the scene at 12:10 arriving back at our berth at 12:30. The casualty was handed into the care of Newhaven CG.
26/08/07 18:14 Clear sky, very good vis SSE f 2 Calm 26/08/2007 19:00 Swimmers in difficulties
34. At 18:10 Solent CG requested our immediate launch to 3 persons reported in difficulties on the western side of Newhaven breakwater. The casualties were reported to be a teenage female with special needs and 2 of her carers. The lifeboat left the mooring at speed and located the 3 casualties approximately 100m from the lighthouse at the breakwater end. Due to insufficient water under the boat 2 crew members entered the water attached to lines to assist in recovering the casualties who were suffering from exhaustion and cold having been in the water in excess of 30 minutes. An ambulance was requested to meet the lifeboat and the casualties were wrapped in blankets and tended by the crew. The teenage casualty suffered post rescue collapse and was administered free flow oxygen therapy as the lifeboat returned to our mooring at speed. The lifeboat was back alongside at 18:45 where the casualties were handed into the care of Sussex Ambulance Service who gave them all a thorough check before releasing them.
26/08/07 N/A Part cloudy, very good vis SW f 3 Slight 26/08/2007 N/A Report of a jetski in trouble
33. Solent CG requested the immediate launch of the lifeboat to assist a female in difficulty on a jetski approximately 0.25 NM off Old Nore west of Newhaven. The crew were paged at 16:10 and as the lifeboat was ready to launch at 16:12, Solent CG received a report that the casualty had managed to restart the engine using the reserve fuel supply. The lifeboat was stood down at 16:13 without leaving the side.
16/08/07 17:15 Part cloudy, good vis W f 6 Moderate 16/08/2007 17:45 Yacht with machinery failure and unable to sail
32. The crew were paged at 17:07 following a report from Solent CG of a 44ft yacht with 2 PoB close inshore off Rottingdean with engine failure and unable to sail. At 17:20 when approximately 2 NM west of Newhaven it was reported that Brighton lifeboat had the casualty under tow. We offered to proceed and assist but that was not required so we returned to station arriving back alongside at 17:35.
12/08/07 13:58 Overcast, good vis SW f 5 Moderate 12/08/2007 15:58 Powerboat with machinery failure
31. Solent CG requested that we launch to assist a 6m powerboat with 2 PoB reporting engine failure and taking on water approximately 300 yds south of Belle Toute lighthouse. The lifeboat arrived on scene at 14:17 to find the casualty had anchored and Birling Gap safety boat was in attendance. A check was made that the 2 persons were alright aboard and that the vessel was not making water. Apparently the vessel had taken a wave aboard under way and this had stopped the engine. Further water was taken over the gunwhales until the vessel came round head to sea under anchor. Our towline was passed at 14:25 and our tow to Newhaven commenced at 14:27. The casualty was placed alongside in Newhaven marina into the care of Newhaven CG at 15:30.
12/08/07 10:00 Part cloudy, good vis SW f 3 Slight 12/08/2007 12:30 Jetski stranded through loss of keys
30. The lifeboat left the side at 10:00 on exercise but when just off Brighton Marina about to commence a tow exercise with Shoreham ALB we were contacted at 10:41 by Solent CG with information that a jetski with 2 PoB had become stranded due to loss of keys on Seaford beach and we were requested to recover the craft and tow it to the west to be taken over by Shoreham ALB. We were on scene at 11:00 and the 2 persons were taken aboard the lifeboat and the jetski taken in tow at 11:05. We towed the craft to the Palace Pier at Brighton where we transferred the tow and 2 persons to Shoreham ILB at 11:30. We then returned to station arriving at 12:00.
05/08/07 12:25 Clear sky, good vis SE f 3 Slight 05/08/2007 14:30 Yacht with machinery failure
One crew member was put aboard the yacht to assist with securing the tow    The moment the messenger line attached to our tow was thrown across
29. Having just completed our weekly exercise at sea we were contacted by Solent CG on VHF radio requesting that we launch to assist a 22ft sailing vessel with 2 PoB unable to sail some 2NM south of Hope Gap. The lifeboat was on scene at 12:47 when a crew member was put aboard the casualty. Our tow was rigged at 12:55 and slow speed was made for Newhaven. The vessel was placed alongside the visitors' berth in the marina at 14:00 and the lifeboat was back alongside our berth at 14:12.
04/08/07 13:42 Clear sky, good vis SSW f 3 Calm 04/08/2007 14:30 Parascender landed in the sea
28. Solent CG requested that we launch to assist a parascender who together with his equipment had landed in the sea approximately 0.25 NM from the base of the cliffs near the old radar site west of Newhaven. The lifeboat was on scene at 13:49 where a dive RIB "Mac D" with 2 PoB, which had been operating nearby, had recovered the casualty and some of his equipment, the remainder being too waterlogged for them to lift. "Mac D" came alongside the lifeboat and the casualty and equipment were transferred across, the remaining gear being recovered using our starboard "A-frame". The lifeboat left the scene at 13:56 and was back alongside our berth at 14:08 where the casualty was handed into the care of Newhaven CG.
28/07/07 22:10 Heavy rain, fair vis WSW f 7 Moderate - 2m swell 29/07/2007 01:55 Person reported to have entered the sea
27. We were requested by Solent CG to launch to assist Brighton Lifeboat in a search off the beach near the Peter Pan amusements at Brighton for a male reported to have walked into the sea. The lifeboat was on scene at the west side of Brighton Marina at 22:31 when we were tasked to search with Brighton Lifeboat from there to the Palace Pier along the surf line and then progress the search seawards up to 1NM offshore. Our Coxswain requested that Shoreham ALB be launched to start the search further offshore and Coastguard Rescue Helo "Whisky Bravo" was also tasked to join the search. Shortly after starting our second search leg one of our crew spotted a person in the water between the ALB and Brighton Lifeboat at 23:10. The female was recovered by Brighton Lifeboat and we transferred one of our crew aboard to help restrain her. Brighton Lifeboat then made best speed to the marina where they handed the casualty over to Sussex Ambulance and Sussex Police before she was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital. Helo "Whisky Bravo" arrived on scene at 23:30 and conducted a visual search of the area. All units were requested to continue the search as the female recovered was not the person initially reported missing and her state of dress and the clothing found ashore confirmed that. Newhaven, Shoreham and Brighton Lifeboats together with Helo "Whisky Bravo" therefore continued the search until 01:00 when with the search area completely covered and no further information or sightings Solent CG called the search off. We left the scene at cruising speed arriving back at Newhaven at 01:35.
22/07/07 11:37 Part cloudy, good vis SSW f 4 Slight 22/07/2007 14:00 Divers unwell after missing decompression stops on ascent
26. Solent CG received a VHF radio call from a dive vessel some 18NM south of Brighton marina reporting that 2 divers had surfaced without a stop and may have the bends and 4 more divers were due to surface. The lifeboat was requested to stand by the vessel until the casualties had been airlifted and the remaining divers were recovered from the water. The lifeboat arrived on scene at 12:28 as Coastguard Rescue Helo "Whisky Bravo" was airlifting the 2 divers with suspected bends. The remaining divers were safely recovered from the water by 12:35 so the lifeboat returned to station at 12:40 arriving back alongside our berth at 13:38.
17/07/07 13:45 Squally, good vis SW f 7 Moderate - 1.5m swell 17/07/2007 15:30 Person thought to have jumped from cliffs
25. Sussex Police requested via Solent CG that we assist Birling Gap CG and police units in a search for a missing person who may have jumped from the cliffs between Cuckmere Haven and Beachy Head after their car was found at Birling Gap car park. The lifeboat was on scene at Hope Gap at 13:55 where a search close to the cliff base was made eastwards to east of Beachy Head and then back west again to Birling Gap. Nothing was found by us or the units searching ashore and with no further information available all units were stood down at 14:45. The lifeboat was back alongside our berth at 15:12.
09/07/07 14:38 Squally, good vis WSW f 5 Moderate - 2m swell 09/07/2007 16:30 Powerboat with machinery failure
In this photo taken from the beach near Seaford Head you can see the crane swung up in position ready to launch the Y boat in case the conditions prevented the ALB getting alongside  In the shelter of the harbour lines were made ready for going alongside
24. Solent CG received a mobile telephone call from a 16ft cabin cruiser with 3 PoB at anchor off Hope Gap having run out of fuel in poor sea conditions. The lifeboat was on scene at 14:55 to find the vessel at anchor from the port side just aft of midships in choppy conditions and she was shipping seas over the gunwhale. It was agreed that the 3 persons must come off the vessel but we were unable to keep the lifeboat alongside on the lee side to make the transfer. The lifeboat then came alongside on the windward side over the anchor line when the 3 persons were taken off and 2 crew went aboard the vessel to bail out and connect the tow. A tow was established at 15:17 and the vessel was placed alongside in the marina at 16:00 into the care of Newhaven CG. The lifeboat returned to station at 16:15 and landed the casualties.
08/07/07 15:50 Clear sky, good vis WSW f 4 Slight 08/07/2007 17:00 Yacht with machinery failure
23. Before we had left the lifeboat from the previous service a VHF call requesting assistance was received from a 28ft sailing vessel with 3 PoB 4NM SW of Newhaven breakwater. The vessel had engine failure and was unable to sail into Newhaven. Solent CG requested that we launch to assist and we arrived on scene at 16:06. Our towline was passed and a tow was established at 16:12 towards Newhaven at 7 knots. The casualty was placed alongside in the marina at 16:29 into the care of Newhaven CG and we were back alongside our berth at 16:30.
08/07/07 N/A Clear sky, good vis WSW f 4 Slight N/A N/A Speedboat swamped and sinking
The Y boat went ashore with a line to assess the situation  The speedboat was continuously swamped by the waves  Helped by the speedboat's crew, lifeguards and by-standers the vessel was hauled far enough up the beach to stop the waves filling it up Once clear of the water the bung was removed allowing the boat to drain - it was then hauled up the beach by Newhaven CG
22. The lifeboat left the side at 13:00 to carry out an SAR demo in Seaford Bay, during which at 14:15 we were informed by another vessel that a 4m speedboat had gone ashore and was being swamped just west of our position. The lifeboat and Y boat which was already afloat went to assist and arrived on scene at 14:16 to find all 6 occupants were safely ashore. The Y boat went ashore with 3 PoB taking a rope from the ALB and when this was attached an attempt to tow the vessel was made but this was aborted due to the amount of water in it. The remainder of the line was passed ashore so that Newhaven CG could pull the vessel up the beach using the Landrover. A hole was discovered in the vessel's bow so no further attempts to recover by sea were made. 3 more crew were transferred ashore by Y boat to assist in taking the vessel up the beach and it was later recovered by road trailer. The Y boat and all crew were recovered at 15:25 and the lifeboat was back alongside at 15:40.
02/07/07 18:00 Squally, good vis WSW f 7 Rough - 2.5m swell 02/07/2007 19:50 Injured person on yacht
Animated photos of the lifeboat at full speed into a gale - please wait for download - photos by Barry Johnson  The weather conditions on scene meant going alongside would certainly have caused damage to the vessel  The vessel was escorted at best possible speed to Newhaven Escorting the German yacht into harbour
21. The crew of a 48ft German yacht reported to Solent CG that they had a 70 year old crew member who had fallen and injured his chest and required attention. The lifeboat was on scene some 5NM SW of Newhaven at 18:18. The intention was to put 2 first aiders aboard but with a 2.5 to 3.0m swell on scene and since the casualty's injuries were not too serious it was thought prudent not to attempt this. The lifeboat then escorted the yacht into the lee of Newhaven breakwater where 2 first aiders went aboard at 19:00 to make the casualty comfortable and administer oxygen. The yacht was escorted to our berth where the injured man was handed into the care of a Sussex Ambulance crew before being taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital at 19:15 for precautionary X-rays.
20/06/07 07:34 Overcast, good vis SSW f 5 Moderate - 1.5m swell 20/06/2007 09:45 Person jumped from cliffs
In the background the 2 Coastguard cliff men can be seen making their way to the casualty's position  The Y boat partially obscured by a wave gives an indication of the conditions offshore away from the surfline
20. Having received a report that a person may have jumped from the cliff top at the eastern end of Peacehaven by the old radar site, Solent CG requested that we launch to assist in the location of the casualty. The lifeboat was on scene at 07:45 and the Y boat was launched at 07:50 with 3 PoB to search close to the surf line. At 07:55 the CG cliff man located the casualty at the base of the cliff and confirmed he was not alive. The Coxswain confirmed that the surf was too high for the Y boat to beach on the rocks and that the casualty should be recovered by the cliff team. The ALB and Y boat were requested to stand by until the recovery was complete and this was done by 08:45. The Y boat was recovered at 08:57 and the lifeboat left the scene at 09:00 arriving back at our berth at 09:08.
12/06/07 04:10 Fog, poor vis WSW f 3 Slight 12/06/2007 06:00 Yacht with machinery failure in light winds
Taken in poor light and fog the water droplets in the air show up in this flashlit photo  Just off Newhaven the tow was shortened ready for entering harbour
19. Solent CG received a "Mayday" call from a 43ft sloop with 1 PoB. The vessel was 4NM SW of Newhaven and whilst on passage from Littlehampton to Blackwater via Brighton had suffered machinery failure in light winds and very poor visibility, at times down to 1 cable. The crew were paged at 04:03 and the lifeboat left the side at 04:10 arriving on scene at 04:30. One crew member was put aboard the casualty and our tow was passed at 04:38. The tow was made for Newhaven at 7 knots in very poor visibility. The casualty was placed alongside the visitors' berth in the marina into the care of Newhaven CG at 05:40.
10/06/07 10:00 Fog, fair vis NE f 3 Slight 10/06/2007 16:00 Person with broken leg under cliffs
On the shoreline are Eastbourne ILB, Y162 and Birling Gap rescue boat  Coastguard Rescue Helo Victor Alpha lowered their winchman and a stretcher prior to airlifting the casualty   The casualty with the winchman as they approached the aircraft door
18. Having just completed our Sunday morning exercise at sea we were requested by Solent CG to assist Birling Gap CG and Birling Gap Safety Boat with a female at the foot of the cliffs between Birling Gap and Beachy Head with a broken leg possibly needing evacuation by sea. The lifeboat proceeded at 12:50 arriving on scene at 13:20. The Y boat with 3 PoB was launched at 13:25 complete with stretcher and first aid equipment. At that point a very strong smell of diesel was noticed from the after deck by the mechanic who went to the engine room door to find the engine compartment full of smoke and diesel fumes. Having checked there was sufficient sea room to anchor both engines were shut down using the emergency fuel shut offs. The lifeboat went to anchor at 13:30 and the engine room was vented. Our situation was reported to Solent CG who requested Dover CG to launch Eastbourne ALB to stand by us. Due to the low tide and deep gullies around the casualty it was thought prudent to evacuate the casualty by helo and so Solent CG despatched CG Helo "Victor Alpha". Eastbourne ILB was launched to assist our Y boat crew making the casualty ready for the airlift arriving on scene at 13:55 and the ALB arrived at 14:10. Once vented the engine room was entered and the fault was found to be that the starboard secondary fuel filter had stripped the thread, blown the O ring and diesel had been pumped out. The filter was replaced and after a clean up the engines were restarted and our anchor was recovered at 14:37. Ashore our crew had given the casualty Entenox and immobilised her injured leg with an inflatable splint and frac straps before she was airlifted by "Victor Alpha" at 14:37. Both Eastbourne ALB and ILB were released from the scene and our Y boat was recovered at 14:45. The lifeboat returned to station at 14:50 arriving back alongside at 15:20.
09/06/07 N/A Not recorded Not recorded Not recorded N/A N/A Power boat with machinery failure
17. A mobile telephone call was received by Solent CG from a 5m power boat with machinery failure with 1 PoB off Seaford Bay requiring assistance. The crew were paged but when they were aboard the lifeboat at 16:50 they were stood down by Solent CG as the casualty was being towed in by another vessel.
09/06/07 13:10 Clear sky, good vis WSW f 3 Slight 09/06/07 14:20 Diver unconscious after a rapid ascent
16. Solent CG received a "Mayday" call from a dive RIB 4NM SW of Newhaven requesting assistance to a female diver surfaced unconscious. The crew of the RIB were unable to give oxygen to the casualty due to a faulty valve and were unable to leave the dive scene as they had a further 5 divers still due to surface. After the lifeboat left the side we were informed that the dive vessel "Sea Zones" was on scene, had handed over oxygen and was waiting for the divers to surface releasing the casualty vessel to proceed to Newhaven at full speed. The lifeboat intercepted the casualty vessel at the breakwater end and transferred a first aider aboard to assist before escorting the RIB to the lifeboat berth where we stood by until a crew from Sussex Ambulance took over care of the casualty. Solent CG requested that we went back to sea to recover the remaining divers and their equipment from "Sea Zones" and return them to the lifeboat berth which we did at 13:40 returning to our berth at 14:01.
27/05/07 15:29 Rain, good vis E f 4 Slight 27/05/07 16:25 Dive RIB run out of fuel
15. We were requested by Solent CG to launch to assist a 6.5m RIB which had run out of fuel 1NM west of Newhaven breakwater with 7 PoB. The lifeboat was on scene at 15:33 and a tow was established towards Newhaven at 15:39. The casualty was berthed in the marina into the care of Newhaven CG at 16:00.
20/05/07 17:50 Part cloudy, very good vis SE f 2 Calm 20/05/07 19:59 Kayaker with dislocated shoulder under cliffs
The Y boat ashore at Crowlink with the 2 persons and their kayaks   After pain relief and immobilisation the casualty was taken out to the ALB
14. Solent CG requested that we launch to evacuate a person who had dislocated his shoulder whilst kayaking. He was on the beach at Crowlink between Cuckmere Haven and Birling Gap. The lifeboat was on scene at 18:01 and the Y boat was launched with 3 PoB arriving at the beach with the casualty at 18:08. The casualty was assessed and given entenox before his shoulder and arm were immobilised using frac straps. The casualty was evacuated by Y boat to the ALB at 18:26 when both boats proceeded to Birling Gap. He was then landed at Birling Gap by Y boat into the care of Birling Gap CG and Sussex Ambulance Service at 18:38. The ALB and Y boat then made their way back to Crowlink to pick up the person who had been with the casualty and the 2 kayaks and landed them at Cuckmere Haven. The Y boat was then recovered and the lifeboat returned to station at 19:20.
20/05/07 10:15 Clear sky, good vis SE f 2 Calm 20/05/07 12:45 Report of a person possibly fallen from the cliffs
13. Whilst on Sunday morning exercise we received a call from Solent CG requesting that we carry out a search close inshore from Cuckmere Haven to Beachy Head for a person possibly having committed suicide over the cliffs. The search commenced at 10:20 with the Y boat deployed close inshore with 3 PoB. Eastbourne ILB commenced a search from Beachy Head westwards. The search of the area was completed at 11:25 with nothing found so all units were stood down and we continued our exercise.
05/05/07 10:34 Overcast, good vis NE f 3 Calm 05/05/07 11:35 Report of a person in the water in distress
12. The MFV "Kestrel" reported to Solent CG that they had seen a person in the water waving for assistance 200m SE of Seaford Head. The lifeboat left the side at 10:34 and arrived on scene at 10:44 where the person, a diver, had been recovered aboard "Kestrel". The lifeboat went alongside and transferred the casualty and his equipment. The diver was found to be OK but had been unable to swim back to the shore against the wind and tide. The lifeboat went back into Seaford Bay where the Y boat was launched to transfer the casualty back to the beach into the care of Newhaven CG at 11:02. The Y boat was recovered and the lifeboat left the scene at 11:10.
29/04/07 12:40 Clear sky, good vis NNW f 3-4 Slight 29/04/07 13:02 Report of young persons in distress on inflatables
The 3 youngsters having called for help had sensibly tied their inflatables together
11. Having just secured the lifeboat following our Sunday morning exercise we received a telephone call from Solent CG requesting our immediate launch to 3 young persons in distress on inflatables being blown out to sea by the offshore wind just west of Newhaven breakwater. The lifeboat was on scene at 12:47 to find 2 boys and 1 girl each on a small inflatable that had all been tied together. All 3 youngsters were recovered safely aboard the lifeboat together with their inflatables at 12:52. They were suffering from cold but were otherwise unharmed. The lifeboat returned to our berth at 13:02 where the 3 casualties were checked by Sussex Ambulance Service before being allowed to return home.
27/04/07 19:45 Clear sky, good vis NNE f 4 Slight 27/04/07 21:30 Report of a distress beacon activated
10. We were requested by Solent CG to launch to assist Coastguard Helo "India Juliet" in a search for an EPIRB thought to have been activated 4NM south of Newhaven. The lifeboat was on scene at 19:57 but nothing was found. Another satellite pass recorded a new EPIRB hit some 2 NM further to the west and we made for that position but again found nothing. Using further information from the satellite passes it was thought the main area of the search should be moved to 2NM south of Beachy Head so the lifeboat and helo were re-tasked to that position. With the unreliability of the positions and the helo having already searched the latest area before the lifeboat arrived there all stations were stood down at 20:50. The lifeboat returned to station and was back alongside at 21:07.
19/04/07 13:05 Clear sky, very good vis WSW f 3 Calm 19/04/07 15:15 Powerboat with machinery failure
9. Solent CG requested that we launch to assist a 20ft Wilson Flyer with 3 PoB 200m south of Belle Toute lighthouse following a report by mobile telephone that they had suffered engine failure and were unable to recover their anchor. The lifeboat left the temporary berth at 13:05 and was on scene at 13:40. The 3 persons were taken onto the lifeboat and one crew member was transferred onto the casualty with a radio. Our tow line was passed and then the casualty's anchor was recovered aboard the lifeboat. A tow to Newhaven commenced at 13:48. When in the harbour the vessel with the 3 persons back aboard was handed over to the marina workboat at 14:45. The lifeboat was able to return to our normal berth at 14:57.
15/04/07 17:40 Clear sky, good vis WSW f 3 Calm 15/04/07 19:00 Parascender landed in the sea
The Y boat returned to harbour after checking the casualty was safe and well on the beach
8. Newhaven NCI reported to Solent CG that a parascender had landed in the sea off Newhaven breakwater and was thought to be in trouble. The crew were paged at 17:29. As the lifeboat was still on the temporary berth the Y boat was used to put a skeleton crew aboard the ALB and then proceeded to sea with 3 crew aboard. The ALB attempted to leave the berth but was unable to do so until 17:40 due to low water. The Y boat arrived on scene to find the casualty had come ashore without assistance. The crew checked the casualty was OK and required no assistance or medical attention and so returned to station in company with the ALB which had arrived on scene at 17:42. Due to the state of the tide the ALB did not return to the temporary berth until 19:00.
14/04/07 18:35 Misty, fair vis NNE f 3 Calm 14/04/07 20:50 Powerboat aground
7. Birling Gap CG reported via Solent CG at 16:30 that a 24ft sports boat had run aground on rocks at Birling Gap and would not refloat until 19:00. The crew were informed by pager message to assemble at 18:30. The lifeboat was on a temporary berth on the eastern side of the river, whilst our own was being dredged and had to be accessed by the Y boat. The lifeboat arrived on scene at 19:00 and the Y boat was launched at 19:05 with 3 PoB. 1 crew member was transferred from the Y boat to the casualty, the kedge anchor was recovered and the Y boat towed the vessel out to the ALB. The ALB took over the tow towards Newhaven at 19:23 whilst the Y boat returned a rope to Birling Gap CG ashore. The Y boat was recovered underway at 19:35. The casualty was placed alongside in the marina at 20:15 into the care of Newhaven CG and the lifeboat was back on its temporary berth at 20:30.
09/04/07 N/A Not recorded Not recorded Not recorded N/A N/A Fishing vessel reported overdue
6. Solent CG received a telephone call reporting a 4m open fishing boat with 1 PoB, last known position off Peacehaven to be overdue. Our DLA was requested to put the lifeboat on standby whilst further enquiries were made and the crew were paged at 20:02 and the boat was made ready for sea. A further call suggested the casualty may have been towed into Newhaven by another vessel and this was confirmed by Newhaven CG mobile. The crew were therefore stood down at 20:12.
02/04/07 11:44 Clear sky, good vis NE f 5 Moderate 02/04/07 13:45 Fishing vessel with electrical and machinery failure
5. A report was received by Solent CG of a 28ft MFV with 3 PoB having suffered total electrical and machinery failure 2 NM south of Birling Gap requiring assistance. The crew were paged at 11:39 and the lifeboat left the side at 11:44 arriving on scene at 12:10. Having checked all was alright on board our tow line was passed at 12:12 and a tow was established towards Newhaven at 7 knots. We entered harbour at 13:00 and the casualty was placed alongside the fishermen's' quay at 13:20 into the care of Newhaven CG the lifeboat returning to our berth at 13:21.
17/03/07 20:35 Squally, good vis WSW f 8 Rough - 2.5m swell 17/03/07 23:45 Motor sailer with machinery failure
4. Solent CG received a "Pan Pan" call from a 27ft motor sailer with 3 PoB having suffered machinery failure and requiring assistance in a position 3.8 NM ESE of Newhaven. The lifeboat arrived on scene at 21:00 in a position 1NM SW of Beachy Head, the casualty having drifted significantly to the east of the reported position due to the wind conditions and the flood tide whilst powered only by a storm jib. Our tow line was passed at 21:04 and the tow to Newhaven commenced at 21:08 at a speed of just 4 knots due to the sea conditions. We passed the breakwater end to enter Newhaven harbour at 22:50 and the casualty was placed alongside the fuel berth into the care of Newhaven CG at 23:10.
03/03/07 14:00 Overcast, good vis WSW f 5 Moderate 03/03/07 18:00 Fishing vessel taking in water
The vessel was making best speed towards the Sovereign Marina but her pumps were not coping with the ingress of water   We came alongside and put 3 crew members aboard with our portable salvage pump   With our pump running as well as the vessel's own she was escorted safely into Sovereign Marina
3. The lifeboat had left the side at 14:00 to carry out a SAR display in Seaford Bay for the Seaford Lifeguards Open Day. As the demo was just finishing Solent CG requested our immediate assistance to a 62ft MFV with 6 persons and 1 dog on board taking in water 1.5 NM SE of Beachy Head. The lifeboat made full speed towards the casualty at 14:40 arriving with the casualty which was heading towards the Sovereign Marina at 14:58. We went alongside and placed 3 crew members aboard with our portable salvage pump. With our pump running alongside their own the ingress of water was contained and the vessel made best speed for Sovereign Marina. Lifeboat 14-15 on passage to Ramsgate arrived on scene at 15:08 and was requested to stand by the casualty with us. It was established that the casualty had sprung a plank in the hull and arrangements were made by the skipper for a diver to meet them in the marina to effect a repair. Lifeboat 14-15 was released to continue their journey when the casualty and our lifeboat entered the marina. After we went through the loch with the casualty into the inner marina and ensured they were safely berthed we recovered our crew and pump. The lifeboat left the marina at 16:35 at cruising speed arriving back at our berth at 17:30.
10/02/07 15:41 Overcast, rain, moderate vis SW f 5-6 Moderate 10/02/07 17:15 Large powerboat with machinery failure
2. Dover CG received a call from a 28ft powerboat with 2 PoB which had suffered engine failure due to overheating some 2 cables south of Seaford Head. The incident was transferred to Solent CG who requested we launch to assist. The lifeboat was on scene at 15:51 by which time the casualty was at anchor 2 cables south of Hope Gap in 5m of water. A crew member was put aboard to assist with the tow which was passed at 16:03. An attempt was made to recover the anchor but due to the swell this was abandoned and the warp was cut and buoyed. The tow to Newhaven started at 16:12 and the vessel was moored in Newhaven marina under its own power at 16:55. The lifeboat was back alongside at 17:00.
22/01/07 12:00 Overcast, rain, moderate vis NE f 4-5 Moderate 22/01/07 14:50 Large powerboat with machinery failure
We rendezvoused with Hastings Lifeboat near the Royal Sovereign light tower and our tow was connected after their's was released   Hastings Lifeboat returned to station as our tow was payed out   Taken from Hastings ALB this shot shows us manouvering into position to pass our tow line
1. Dover CG made a request via Solent CG that we launch to take over the tow of a 30m, 92 ton powerboat from Hastings lifeboat. The casualty with 4 PoB had suffered engine failure and was to be taken to Newhaven for repairs and shelter from the forecast NE gale. Reduced speed was established to rendezvous with Hastings lifeboat and the casualty just west of the Royal Sovereign Light Tower at 13:00. Hastings lifeboat released their tow and ours was connected at 13:09 and we proceeded to tow the vessel at 9 knots towards Newhaven. At 13:25 the casualty reported that they had made repairs and had both engines running. They requested that we escort them to Brighton Marina so we released our tow at 13:40 and proceeded with the casualty with an ETA at Brighton of 14:30. When we were due south of Newhaven the casualty reported that all was OK on board and that they were happy to proceed unescorted and that we could return to station. We left the casualty at 14:10 and were back alongside at 14:25.
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 approx. 200 yds Y boat = Inflatable daughter boat
ETV = Emergency Towing Vessel ETA = Estimated Time of Arrival SAR = Search and Rescue DLA = Deputy Launching Authority
EPIRB = Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon Frac straps = flexible straps with velcro fastenings for limb immobilisation
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)
The bends = a condition suffered by divers who have not decompressed properly on surfacing where nitrogen bubbles form in the blood causing extreme pain
A-frame = a derrick that can be lowered on either side of the wheelhouse with a block and tackle attached for recovering person from the water
Gunwhales = (pronounced "Gunnels") the upper part of a boat's hull
LOM = Lifeboat Operations Manager (the modern expression for what used to be referred to as the Honorary Secretary - our primary launching authority)