2008 Callouts

Date of launch

Time of launch

Weather

Wind

Sea state at
casualty or search area

Date returned

Time refuelled & RFS

Casualty

13/12/08 17:02 Rain, fair vis SE f 9 Very rough - 4 to 6m swell 13/12/08 19:40 Mayday from sailing vessel taking on water in adverse weather
45. An 11m sail training vessel with 7 PoB on a Yachtmaster course had left Eastbourne marina bound for Gosport in the morning in what may be considered inappropriate weather conditions (SE 45 - 50 knots). Following telephone calls from concerned members of the public Dover CG had requested CG units to maintain a watch on the vessel as it proceeded along the coast. Just after dark at 16:50 the vessel put out a Mayday distress call on VHF channel 16 indicating they were 3 NM SSW of Newhaven and requested assistance due to adverse weather conditions and the vessel taking on water. Our LOM was informed at 16:51 and the crew were paged at 16:53. The lifeboat left the side at 17:02 in a SE wind of 45 - 50 knots and encountered 5m seas at the breakwater end at low water on a spring tide. Best speed was made towards the last reported position of the vessel. When we discovered she was making for Brighton marina we immediately advised them that they would not be able to enter because of the extremely low tide and appalling weather conditions and that they should turn back towards Newhaven. At 17:16 we requested that the casualty fired a red flare to assist in locating their position and the lifeboat was on scene at 17:24. We established that the casualty was managing to maintain the water level on board with constant bailing and as they did not wish to leave the vessel they requested that we escort them to safety. We deliberately made very slow progress towards Newhaven at 1 - 2 knots to wait for the tide to rise and the wind to decrease and swing to the west as predicted to allow the yacht to enter Newhaven safely. Newhaven VTS monitored the wind and sea conditions at the harbour entrance and kept us informed so that at 18:30 we knew the sea had moderated sufficiently. At 18:49 we escorted the yacht into the harbour and they went alongside a berth in the marina into the care of Newhaven CG at 18:58. The lifeboat was back alongside our berth at 19:00.
16/11/08 10:00 Overcast, good vis WNW f 5 Moderate 16/11/08 12:30 Body at the base of cliffs
44. We were just about to leave the side on Sunday morning exercise when at 09:58 Solent CG informed us that the Newhaven CG cliff team had requested the lifeboat to stand by as safety boat off Splash Point in Seaford Bay during their recovery of a body from the base of the cliff. The tide was on the flood and there was a heavy ground swell. Our LOM was informed and the lifeboat left the side at 10:00 arriving on scene at 10:11. The Y boat was launched at 10:16 with 2 PoB. The casualty was recovered to the clifftop at 10:25 and the lifeboat was stood down at 10:26 when the Y boat was recovered. We continued our exercise and the lifeboat was back alongside at 12:00.
20/10/08 N/A Rain, fair vis SW f 7 Rough 20/10/08 N/A Person in trouble in the sea
43. Solent CG paged our LOM at 19:48 to request that we launch to assist a person reported in the sea off Splash Point at the east of Seaford Bay. The crew were paged at 19:52 and the lifeboat was being made ready for sea when the cancel launch page was received at 19:56 as the person had been recovered to the shore. The lifeboat was therefore closed down and the crew stood down.
05/10/08 11:52 Rain,fair vis SSW f 9 Rough - 3m swell 05/10/08 13:00 Person reported to have jumped from cliffs
42. Having just returned from an exercise at sea we were asked by Solent CG at 11:45 to stand by for a tasking as they were receiving details of an incident developing. Sussex Police reported that a person had been seen to jump from the cliffs near the Badgers Watch pub at the western end of Peacehaven and was in the sea. The lifeboat left the side at 11:52 and made best possible speed in the rough conditions arriving on scene at 12:04. Just as we reached the scene Newhaven CG team reported that the person had been recovered from the sea and was clear of the water so we were no longer required. We therefore returned to station and were back alongside at 12:20.
27/09/08 17:13 Clear sky, good vis SW f 2 Calm 27/09/08 18:30 Injured child requiring evacuation
41. At 17:08 our DLA was paged by Solent CG with a request that we launch to assist with the evacuation of an 8 year old girl, who had fallen on rocks and had a suspected spinal injury, from the rock armour at Splash Point at the east of Seaford Bay. A Paramedic team from Sussex Ambulance assisted by Birling Gap CG had immobilised the girl on a spinal board in preparation for evacuation but owing to the hazardous and slippery location had requested via Solent CG that we removed her by sea. The crew were paged at 17:10 and the lifeboat left the side at 17:13 arriving on scene at 17:24. The Y boat was immediately launched with 3 PoB and once ashore the Y boat crew liased with the Paramedics. The young girl and 1 Paramedic were taken aboard the Y boat for transfer to the ALB whilst 1 crew member remained ashore to travel back to station with the ambulance. With the casualty and Paramedic aboard the ALB at 17:45 the lifeboat returned to station in company with the Y boat. The lifeboat was back alongside at 17:52 when the girl was handed into the care of Sussex Ambulance for onward journey to hospital.
21/09/08 13:50 Clear sky, good vis E f 5 Slight 21/09/08 15:05 Persons reported cut off by the tide under cliffs
40. Our DLA was paged by Solent CG at 13:42 and informed that a report had been received of persons cut off by the tide under the cliffs west of the West Beach at Newhaven. The crew were paged at 13:44 and the lifeboat left the side at 13:50. As we proceeded we were informed by Solent CG that a RIB had assisted the persons west of Newhaven and we were asked to proceed to a further report of 2 persons cut off by the tide under the second of the Seven Sisters. The lifeboat arrived on scene at 14:06 just as Birling Gap safety boat recovered the 2 persons who were safe and well. We were then asked to check on further persons under the cliffs at Hope Gap and Seaford Head so the Y boat was launched with 2 PoB. All was found to be OK so the Y boat was recovered at 14:32 and the lifeboat returned to station arriving back alongside at 14:55.
14/09/08 12:15 Part cloudy, good vis NE f 3 Smooth 14/09/08 13:15 Car seen at the base of cliffs at Seaford Head
39. Whilst on exercise the Y boat crew reported that an upturned car had been seen at the base of the cliffs west of Seaford Head. This was reported to Solent CG who requested that we investigate. The lifeboat was on scene at 12:17 and the Y boat was re-launched at 12:20 with 2 PoB. The Y boat was ashore with the car at 12:22 and further information was received from Solent CG that Newhaven CG were aware of the car and no further action was required. The Y boat was therefore recovered and the lifeboat returned to station at 12:32 arriving back alongside at 12:45.
13/09/08 18:05 Part cloudy, good vis W f 3 Smooth 13/09/08 20:15 Report of a child missing in the sea
38. Our DLA was paged at 17:58 by Solent CG and informed that Seaford Lifeguards had received two reports of a 10 year old boy having entered the sea off the Martello Tower and had not been seen to come back ashore. We were requested to launch to assist the Lifeguards, Newhaven CG cliff team and Sussex Police in a search. The crew were paged at 18:00 and the lifeboat left the side at 18:05 arriving on scene at 18:15. The Y boat was launched at 18:17 with 2 PoB to search inshore with the Lifeguard's RIB. The ALB searched from Seaford Head to Tidemills out to 4 cables from the shore. Police Helo "H900" joined the search at 18:40 leaving the area shortly after HMCG Helo 104 arrived on scene at 18:44. The area had been thoroughly searched by 19:35 with no further information and nothing found so all units were stood down. The lifeboat recovered the Y boat at 19:42 and returned to station arriving back alongside at 19:50.
23/08/08 16:55 Overcast, good vis W f 6 Moderate 23/08/08 18:55 Mayday from yacht with sick man aboard
37. Our LOM was paged by Solent CG at 16:49 with information of a 29ft sailing vessel with 2 PoB 6.25 NM south east of Beachy Head with a very ill skipper and his wife  was unable to lower the sails or control the vessel and required assistance. Eastbourne ALB already had a vessel in tow off Beachy Head but was going to pass the tow to Eastbourne ILB and then proceed to this yacht with an ETA of 17:20. We were requested to assist Eastbourne ALB and take the tow of the vessel to its home port of Newhaven. The crew were paged at 16:51 and the lifeboat left the side at 16:55 arriving on scene at 17:34. Eastbourne ALB was alongside the casualty at 17:29 and placed 2 crew aboard who found the skipper to be very unwell and requested helo assistance to evacuate him to hospital. They started the engine, furled the sails and proceeded towards Eastbourne marina escorted by Eastbourne ALB. With the situation under control and HMCG Helo 104 making for the casualty we were stood down at 17:44 and returned to station at cruising speed arriving back at our berth at 18:32.
23/08/08 12:10 Part cloudy, good vis WSW f 4 Slight 23/08/08 13:00 Vessel calling for help under the cliffs
36. Solent CG paged our LOM at 12:06 and informed him that the MFV "Joany Rose" had heard a VHF call from an unknown vessel requiring help under the third of the Seven Sisters and was proceeding to that position to render assistance. The crew were paged at 12:08 and the lifeboat left the side at 12:10 making full speed to the east. At 12:25 Solent CG informed us that the MFV had the 5m RIB in tow and was taking it to Birling Gap and the lifeboat was therefore stood down. On the way back to station we were asked by Solent CG to investigate a carrier interfering with radio reception on VHF channel 16 but we were unable to receive the signal on our VHF direction finding equipment. The lifeboat was back alongside our berth at 12:45.
02/08/08 20:46 Part cloudy, good vis SSW f 6 Moderate 02/08/08 23:15 Yacht having lost rudder after going aground
35. Solent CG paged our LOM at 20:35 with a report of a 15m Dutch yacht with 5 PoB aground at the entrance to Brighton Marina. Brighton lifeboat had managed to refloat the vessel but the rudder had been broken off while it was grounded. Owing to the state of the tide and the casualty's draught of 2.5m it was decided the vessel should be taken to Newhaven and we were requested to take over the tow from Brighton lifeboat. The crew were paged at 20:41 and the lifeboat left the side at 20:46 arriving on scene with Brighton lifeboat and the casualty south of Rottingdean at 21:05. Brighton lifeboat were asked to recover their tow line and then transfer one of our crew together with our casualty drogue before recovering their own crew member and this was done by 21:15. Our tow line was passed at 21:20 and we commenced the tow to Newhaven. Unfortunately the bridle the casualty had made up for the tow parted. The tow line was reconnected at 21:52 and the drogue was streamed as we continued towards Newhaven. Entering the harbour at 22:20 the tow was shortened before the casualty was brought up alongside and placed on a mooring in the marina into the care of Newhaven CG at 22:41. The lifeboat was back alongside our berth at 22:45.
30/07/08 17:45 Clear sky, good vis SSW f 2 Calm 30/07/08 18:30 Swimmer reported in trouble
34. Our LOM was paged by Solent CG at 17:41 with a report of a person in trouble in the water in Seaford Bay with another person attempting to assist and waving for help. The crew were paged at 17:42 and the lifeboat left the side at 17:45 increasing to full speed once clear of the marina and arrived on scene at 17:50. Newhaven CG mobile was on scene and reported that both persons had been recovered from the water and were well. The lifeboat was therefore stood down and returned to station arriving back alongside at 18:10.
30/07/08 N/A Part cloudy, good vis SSW f 2 Calm 30/07/08 N/A Dog fallen from the cliff
33. Solent CG paged our LOM with a request from Newhaven CG that the lifeboat be put on standby for a dog that had gone over the cliff at Seaford Head. The crew were paged to assemble at 15:34 but were stood down at 15:40 as the situation had been resolved by the CG cliff team.
27/07/08 16:47 Clear sky, good vis WSW f 3 Smooth 27/07/08 18:50 Persons cut off by the tide
Crew members ashore helped the students into lifejackets before they were transferred to the ALB   Birling Gap Coastguard members monitored the scene from the cliff top   The inflatables came alongside the ALB in turn to offload the casualties    The 33 students all safely aboard the ALB ready for transfer back to Newhaven
32. Our LOM was paged at 16:41 by Solent CG who had received a report from Birling Gap safety boat that 33 students were cut off by the tide below the third of the Seven Sisters with another 2 hours before high water. The crew were paged at 16:43 and the lifeboat left the side at 16:47. The lifeboat's speed was restricted to approximately 12.5 knots on one engine as the other had suffered a fuel filter problem on exercise earlier in the day. So when clear of the harbour the Y boat was launched at 17:01 with 2 PoB to proceed to the Seven Sisters at speed. Birling Gap safety boat was already on scene standing by the casualties when Eastbourne ILB and our Y boat arrived at 17:10 and the ALB was on scene at 17:20. 29 students were found to be dry and well on a small beach under the cliffs and they were all transferred to the ALB by the Y boat and Eastbourne ILB in turns. The remaining 4 casualties were picked up by Birling Gap safety boat from Cuckmere Haven where they had been initially taken and transferred to the ALB. When all the casualties were safely aboard the ALB the Y boat was recovered at 17:55 and all units returned to their stations. The lifeboat was back alongside at 18:40 when the students were taken into the boathouse for hot drinks before they set off back to their campus.
24/07/08 16:10 Clear sky, good vis ESE f 5 Moderate - 1.5m swell 24/07/08 19:10 Yacht with fouled propeller
The dan buoy can clearly be seen jammed in the rudder   The line could not be reached at first from the Y boat
31. Solent CG paged our LOM at 16:05 after receiving a "Pan Pan" call from a Dutch sailing vessel with 2 PoB approximately 4 NM SW of Newhaven having fouled its propeller on fishing nets. The crew were paged at 16:08 and the lifeboat left the side at 16:10 arriving on scene at 16:30. The vessel was found to have run over a fleet of nets and had the marker pole hard up against the rudder and the rope around the propeller shaft. The Y boat was launched at 16:35 with 2 PoB carrying a grapnel hook, knife and wire cutters but they were unable to reach the line which was pulled tight beneath the casualty by the tide and waves. A crew member was transferred by Y boat to the casualty to assist with the tow which was passed to enable the lifeboat to gently pull the vessel into the tide and waves to free the line. The Y boat then used the grapnel to locate the line which was cut freeing the yacht from the sea bed. As the vessel's rudder was jammed over by the marker dan which could not be freed the casualty drogue was passed over by Y boat and streamed to facilitate the tow. The Y boat was recovered at 16:55 and the tow was established towards Newhaven at 7 knots. The vessel was taken alongside in the harbour entrance at 18:20 and placed alongside the fuel berth into the care of Newhaven CG at 18:35. The lifeboat was back alongside our berth at 18:40.
16/07/08 N/A Part cloudy, good vis W f 4 Calm 16/07/08 N/A Person thought to be missing from beach
30. Our LOM was informed by Solent CG that a pile of clothes had been found near the sea at the western end of Peacehaven and there was concern that someone was missing. Newhaven CG mobile on scene requested the launch of Newhaven and Brighton lifeboats. The crew were paged at 11:55 but a cancel launch page was sent by Solent CG at 12:00 as the lifeboat was preparing to leave the side. The person had been found safe and well by Newhaven CG and the crew were stood down and the lifeboat was shut down and RFS at 12:05.
13/07/08 22:01 Clear sky, good vis W f 4 Calm 13/07/08 22:30 Powerboat with machinery failure
29. Following a report of a 15ft speedboat with 2 PoB with engine failure just off the harbour entrance Solent CG paged our LOM at 21:53 and requested that we launch to assist. The crew were paged at 21:56 and the lifeboat left the side at 22:01 at which time the casualty was reported under way. The lifeboat came alongside the vessel as its engine failed again. The Y boat was launched at 22:10 with 2 PoB to assist the casualty back to its moorings north of the bridge at Denton Island. The casualty restarted their engine and were able to make their own way up river with the Y boat in attendance. The vessel was handed into the care of Newhaven CG at 22:18 when safely on the mooring. The Y boat was recovered at 22:21 and the lifeboat was back alongside our berth at 22:25.
08/07/08 13:00 Squally, good vis W f 6 Rough - 2m swell 08/07/08 15:00 Upturned inflatable found in surfline
28. Our LOM was paged by Solent CG at 12:54 and informed that a small RIB had been reported upturned in the surfline off Telscombe Cliffs and there may be persons in the water. Newhaven CG on scene reported that the vessel had come ashore. The crew were paged at 12:56 and the lifeboat left the side at 13:00 making full speed from the breakwater end arriving on scene at 13:12. The Coxswain requested that Brighton lifeboat be launched to assist with the search and CG Helo 104 arrived on scene at 13:20. Together with Brighton lifeboat we searched from the Portobello buoy to Newhaven breakwater out to a distance of 1NM from the shore with 1 cable track spacings. Nothing was found and so all units were stood down at 14:25. The lifeboat returned to station and was back alongside at 14:32. It was later discovered that the vessel was a tender to a yacht that had been lost earlier in the day.
04/07/08 10:44 Part cloudy, good vis S f 3 Calm 04/07/08 11:30 Capsized canoe found in river
27. Solent CG informed our LOM that an unmanned canoe had been reported adrift north of the swing bridge. The crew were paged at 10:42 and the lifeboat left the side at 10:44. The Y boat was launched with 2 PoB to search north of the bridge. The canoe was recovered from the water by Newhaven CG and found to be in poor condition. Information gathered from a local fisherman confirmed that the canoe was seen abandoned the day before. All units were then stood down by Solent CG at 11:06. The Y boat was recovered and the lifeboat was back alongside our berth at 11:08.
01/07/08 19:25 Part cloudy, good vis ESE f 3 Slight 01/07/08 21:30 Powerboat with machinery failure
26. Our LOM was paged at 19:18 and informed by Solent CG that a 17ft motor boat with 2 PoB had fired a red hand flare just off the entrance to Cuckmere Haven. The vessel had suffered engine / electrical failure and a small boat "Buffy" was standing by. The crew were paged at 19:21 and the lifeboat left the side at 19:25 arriving on scene at 19:45. The casualty was found at anchor in 2.5m of water and our tow was passed at 19:50 being attached to a temporary point until the vessel was towed into deeper water. Our 2nd Coxswain then went aboard to help make a more secure connection and our tow towards Newhaven at 7 knots started at 20:05. The vessel was placed alongside in the marina at 20:55 and the lifeboat was back alongside our berth at 20:57.
01/07/08 14:25 Cloudless sky, good vis SE f 4 Slight 01/07/08 15:20 Small powerboat stranded on beach
25. Solent CG received a report that 2 persons were in the water with a 12ft speedboat that had machinery failure just east of the East Pier at Newhaven and were attempting to get back into the marina. Newhaven CG were sent to assess the situation and they recovered the 2 person from the water. Having exhausted all other means of recovering the boat Solent CG contacted our LOM and requested that we recover it from the beach and tow it to Newhaven. The crew were paged at 14:19 and the lifeboat left the side at 14:25 arriving on scene at 14:32. The Y boat was launched with 3 PoB and it towed the speedboat off the beach at 14:44 leaving the 2 persons in the care of Newhaven CG. The tow continued into the marina where the vessel was placed on the slipway at 14:58. The Y boat was then recovered and the lifeboat was back alongside our berth at 15:02.
30/06/08 N/A Cloudless sky, good vis SW f 3 Calm 30/06/08 N/A Person attempting to commit suicide
24. Solent CG paged our LOM at 18:29 with a request that we launch to assist with a person attempting to commit suicide by jumping off the town's swing bridge north of the lifeboat station. The crew were paged at 18:31 but as the crew made the ALB ready and the Y boat was being prepared for launch we received a cancel launch page at 18:35. The crew therefore stood down and shut the boat back down being ready for service again at 18:45.
22/06/08 10:05 Overcast, good vis SSW f 7 Moderate - 2m swell 22/06/08 10:50 Swimmer reported in trouble
23. As we were waiting for the ferry to berth before we left the side on Sunday morning exercise we were called at 10:04 by Solent CG after they received a 999 call from a mobile phone reporting a swimmer in difficulties off the breakwater at Newhaven. We left the berth at 10:05 and made best speed to the western side of the harbour entrance. As we reached midway down the breakwater at 10:09 we came up to a RIB with 1 PoB that had just recovered the male swimmer who was in need of attention. The lifeboat escorted the RIB into the lee of the breakwater on the eastern side where we went alongside and 3 first aiders went aboard with oxygen and blankets at 10:11. As the casualty was being treated the lifeboat towed the RIB alongside towards our mooring to be met by ambulance. The swimmer was wrapped in blankets, given oxygen and when possible sat up to minimise the damage to his lungs from the large amount of seawater he had ingested. The lifeboat stood off as the RIB went alongside our berth at 10:25. Treatment continued as the casualty was stretchered up to the boathouse. He was suffering chest pain and was vomiting blood due to lung damage after his near drowning. The ambulance arrived at 10:30 and the casualty was taken to hospital for further treatment. The lifeboat was ready for service again at 10:50 at which time we resumed our exercise.
17/06/08 21:40 Part cloudy, good vis WSW f 6 Moderate - 1.5m swell 17/06/08 23:00 Person thought to have jumped from cliff
22. Solent CG paged our LOM and informed him of a report of a person gone missing, possibly having jumped from the cliff near the old radar site at Peacehaven. Police units and the Newhaven CG cliff team were on scene. The crew were paged at 21:35 and the lifeboat left the side at 21:40 arriving on scene at 21:47. The Y boat was launched at 21:50 with 2 PoB to carry out a shoreline search inside the ALB. At 22:10 the Y boat was recovered due to failing light and the sea conditions which prevented them searching any more effectively than the ALB. The lifeboat continued the search as close to the shore as conditions allowed until 22:35 when all units were stood down with nothing found. The lifeboat returned to station and was back alongside our berth at 22 :45.
12/06/08 20:21 Overcast, good vis NE f 4 Slight 12/06/08 21:30 Coastguard cliffman having suffered line failure whilst on cliff exercise
21. Our LOM received a report from Solent CG that whilst on a cliff training exercise one of Newhaven CG auxiliary cliffmen's lines had parted and that he may have fallen and was in the water. The crew were paged at 20:18 and the lifeboat left the side at 20:21 proceeding at speed from our berth to the old radar site approximately 0.5 NM west of Newhaven Breakwater. En route the Y boat and all medical equipment were readied to be deployed immediately on arrival. The lifeboat was on scene at 20:25 and the Y boat was launched with 3 PoB and full medical kit. At 20:30 the Y boat reached the cliffman on the rocks and was thankfully able to report that he was OK although a little shaken by his experience. It transpired that his main line had been very badly damaged by hidden debris in the cliff face and on discovering this the CG team at the cliff top had quickly lowered the cliffman into the shallow water below on his secondary line where he remained clipped on until the Y boat was ashore. The cliffman was taken aboard the Y boat and put aboard the ALB before the Y boat was recovered. The lifeboat departed the scene at 20:50 arriving back alongside at 21:10 when the cliffman was reunited with his team.
12/06/08 16:28 Rain, good vis NE f 4 Slight 12/06/08 18:15 Powerboat with machinery failure
20. We were requested to launch by Solent CG to assist a 10m powerboat with 1 PoB which had put out a Mayday call after hitting a submerged object causing failure of the Z-drive propulsion. The crew were paged at 16:26 and the lifeboat left the side at 16:28. We arrived on scene approximately 2 NM south of Seaford Head at 16:40 where a local fishing vessel "Sarah Jane" was stood by the casualty having heard the Mayday call and she was released on our arrival. Having established that all was well aboard apart from the machinery failure the Mayday situation was cancelled and the casualty accepted our offer of a tow to Newhaven. Our towline was passed and the tow commenced at 16:47. Reaching harbour at 17:26 the tow was shortened and the casualty was brought up alongside before being berthed alongside in the marina into the care of Newhaven CG at 17:35.
08/06/08 20:40 Clear sky, fair vis W f 2 Calm 09/06/08 00:53 Yacht becalmed in shipping lanes with engine failure
19. Solent CG received a call from a 40ft yacht with 3 PoB which was on passage from Fecamp to Shoreham when they were becalmed in the Traffic Separation Scheme in the middle of the Channel and then suffered engine failure. With darkness approaching and very little ability to manoeuvre the casualty would not have been safely able to cross the shipping lane so Solent CG requested that we launch to assist the vessel which was then approximately 24NM due south of Newhaven. We left the side at 20:40 and proceeded at cruising speed (20 knots) as the vessel was in the separation zone between the two lanes (a bit like the central reservation on a motorway) and in no immediate danger. The yacht was located using radar and VHF direction finding equipment and the lifeboat was on scene with the casualty at 21:42 as they had managed to make slow progress towards us whilst remaining in the separation zone. Having checked that the persons aboard were alright our towline was passed and we commenced the tow to Newhaven at 21:55 achieving a speed of 7 - 8 knots. The casualty was brought up alongside the lifeboat at the harbour entrance and was then berthed in the marina into the care of Newhaven CG at 00:30. The lifeboat was back alongside our berth at 00:35.
04/06/08 16:38 Cloudy, good vis WSW f 5 Slight 04/06/08 17:20 Power boat with steering failure
18. At 16:33 Solent CG contacted our DLA requesting that we launch to assist a 5m powerboat with 3 PoB which had suffered steering gear and auxiliary engine failure in Seaford Bay. The crew were paged at 16:35 and the lifeboat left the side at 16:38 arriving on scene with the casualty approximately 100m off the shore at Tidemills at 16:43. Our towline was passed and the tow to Newhaven commenced at 16:45. The casualty was brought up alongside the lifeboat as we entered harbour before it was berthed in the marina into the care of Newhaven CG at 17:04. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 17:06.
31/05/08 16:39 Overcast, good vis SW f 2 Calm 31/05/08 18:21 Power boat with machinery failure
17. Solent CG received a Pan Pan call from an 18ft sports day boat with 2 PoB reporting gearbox failure approximately 8 NM SSE of Newhaven requiring assistance. After some considerable time exhausting other possibilities to assist the vessel with a tow with no success our LOM was paged at 16:31 and the crew were paged at 16:33. The lifeboat left the side at 16:39 and was on scene with the casualty at 17:01. All was found to be OK aboard the vessel so our towline was passed and the tow towards Newhaven started at 17:08. We arrived at the breakwater end at 17:50 when the vessel was brought up alongside and taken to the marina where it was berthed into the care of Newhaven CG at 17:58. The lifeboat was back alongside our berth at 18:04.
24/05/08 N/A Part cloudy, good vis NE f 6 Moderate 24/05/08 N/A Speedboat with machinery failure drifting towards rocks
16. Solent CG had received reports of a red flare fired from a 16ft speedboat with 2 PoB inside the breakwater at Newhaven. The vessel was thought to have engine failure and was being driven towards rocks at the base of the breakwater by the wind and waves. Our LOM was paged at 17:26 and the crew were paged at 17:28 but just as the lifeboat was about to leave the side Newhaven Harbour Radio reported that the casualty vessel was now underway inside the harbour and making for the marina. The launch was therefore delayed until Newhaven CG mobile could check with the vessel as it entered the marina that they had in fact fired the flare and that all was now well aboard. Once that had been established the lifeboat was stood down at 17:37.
10/05/08 N/A Part cloudy, good vis WSW f 3 Calm 10/05/08 17:30 Person fallen from cliff
15. After being stood down from the previous service the lifeboat was retasked at 15:20 to go to assist Eastbourne CG cliff team who had been sent to a report of a female having fallen from the cliff east of Beachy Head lighthouse. The lifeboat was on scene at 15:35 and the Y boat was launched with 3 PoB at 15:40 to help locate the casualty who was found to be approximately 70 feet up the cliff. The CG team arrived on scene and prepared to recover the casualty but requested the lifeboat to stand by. The casualty was recovered by the cliff man at 16:15 and the lifeboat was stood down at 16:30. The Y boat was recovered at 16:35 and the lifeboat returned to station arriving back alongside at 17:07.
10/05/08 14:33 Part cloudy, good vis WSW f 3 Smooth 10/05/08 N/A Person injured by a cliff fall
On scene the Y boat was launched with our Paramedic and 2 further medics aboard   Oxygen was given to the casualty as his wound was treated and his pelvis and legs immobilised ready for evacuation   The helicopter winchman together with the casualty in the stretcher can be seen just below the aircraft
14. Our LOM was paged to request that we launch to assist a person reported injured by a cliff fall at Seaford Head. The lifeboat left the side at 14:33 and was on scene at 14:40 to find the Police Helo hovering over the casualty. The Y boat was launched with our Paramedic and 2 further medics aboard and it reached the casualty at 14:45. There were 4 persons with 2 double kayaks on a small area of beach cut off by the tide. The casualty had been sunbathing when a rockfall dislodged a large boulder which hit him on the right hand side of his abdomen. Our Paramedic and crew administered oxygen and cleaned and dressed the wound. They then immobilised his legs and pelvis and secured him in a stretcher in preparation for being winched into CG Rescue Helo "Whisky Bravo" which arrived on scene at 14:50. The casualty was winched aboard the helo at 15:10 and taken to hospital. The Y boat and crew were recovered at 15:18 and the lifeboat was stood down before being retasked at 15:20 as detailed in the following   service report.
05/05/08 15:05 Part cloudy, good vis E f 4 Slight 05/05/08 16:45 Angling vessel with fouled propeller
13. An angling vessel with 2 PoB 2.5 NM WSW of Newhaven reported to Solent CG that they had run over their own anchor cable and required assistance. The crew were paged at 15:01 and the lifeboat left the side at 15:05 and arrived on scene with the casualty which was anchored from the stern at 15:18. The casualty was asked to cut the cable and pass the end to the lifeboat which then recovered the anchor. The vessel was taken in tow at 15:44 and a course was made for Newhaven. The vessel was placed alongside in the marina into the care of Newhaven CG at 16:26 and the lifeboat was back alongside at 16:27.
02/05/08 14:00 Part cloudy, good vis WSW f 4 Slight 02/05/08 16:15 Report of a swimmer thought to be in trouble
12. Solent CG paged our LOM at 13:52 requesting the lifeboat launch to a reported swimmer in trouble 100 yards off the beach in Seaford Bay and a further report was made of a person who may attempt suicide near the harbour entrance but no other details were given. The crew were paged at 13:53 and the lifeboat left the side at 14:00 arriving on scene at 14:08. The Y boat was launched with 2 PoB and a search was made with both boats close inshore. CG teams from Newhaven and Birling Gap carried out beach searches and CG Rescue Helo "Mike Uniform" carried out an aerial search. At 14:15 Newhaven CG reported that the person who may have attempted suicide had been located at Tidemills. After a thorough search with nothing found all search units were stood down at 15:40 with the report deemed to be a false alarm with good intent. The Y boat was therefore recovered at at 15:50 and the lifeboat was back alongside at 16:00.
20/04/08 10:00 Part cloudy, good vis NNE f 5 Slight 20/04/08 12:15 Fishing vessel with fouled propeller
11. During our Sunday morning exercise at sea we received a VHF radio call at 11:04 from a 30ft MFV with 4 PoB that had run over fishing gear and fouled its propeller 0.5NM south of Seaford Head requiring a tow into Newhaven. Solent CG and our LOM were informed and our Y boat which was afloat as part of the exercise was recovered. The lifeboat was on scene with the casualty at 11:14 and our tow was made fast at 11:17 and a course was made for Newhaven. At the breakwater end the vessel was brought up alongside the lifeboat at 11:40. The casualty was placed alongside a berth in the marina into the care of Newhaven CG at 12:05.
15/04/08 23:50 Clear sky, very good vis N f 2 Calm 16/04/08 01:48 Report of a small light seen close to shore
10. Solent CG received a report from a person walking a dog 500 yards west of the Meridian monument in Peacehaven that a small light had been seen approximately 0.25 NM off shore and it was thought it could be a light attached to a lifejacket. Newhaven CG mobile was on scene and had the light visual. Our DLA was informed at 23:37 and the crew were paged at 23:39. The lifeboat left the side at 23:50 arriving on scene at 00:00. Newhaven CG conned us to the position of the light which was recovered and found to be a solar powered bulkhead light. Solent CG asked us to carry out a radar and visual search of the area which we did using searchlights and our night vision image intensifier. A second identical light was found and recovered at 00:23. Our search was extended 2 cables off shore to the west and then from Saltdean eastwards back towards Newhaven breakwater as close as the tide would allow us to the shore. Nothing further was found and as there were no reports of any vessels overdue we were released from the search by Solent CG and returned to station arriving back alongside at 01:28 when the lights were handed over to Newhaven CG.
06/04/08 12:56 Drifting snow, poor vis NW f 4 Slight 06/04/08 15:13 Mayday from motor boat reported to be sinking
We left the harbour in drifting snow. At sea the vis ranged from 0.1 to 1.0 nautical miles   Our salvage pump soon cleared the water from the casualty's bilges   Once the water aboard had been reduced a tow was established towards Brighton while further checks were made for water ingress
9. Whilst the crew were still at the boathouse after our Sunday morning exercise our LOM was informed by Solent CG that a 33ft angling vessel with 2 PoB 6NM SW of Newhaven had sent a Mayday call requesting immediate assistance as the vessel was taking in water through a seacock and the bilge pumps were unable to clear the water. The lifeboat left the side at 12:56 and 2 MFV's made for the casualty's position and Coastguard Rescue Helo "Mike Uniform" was despatched. We arrived on scene at 13:10 and 2 crew went aboard the vessel with our portable salvage pump which soon cleared the bilges and there was no sign of further ingress of water. The other vessels and Helo "Mike Uniform" were stood down and the Mayday was cancelled. The casualty was taken in tow towards Brighton Marina at 13:27 while further checks were made for the source of the water taken on board. When off the marina entrance the tow was slipped and the casualty motored to the visitors berth under its own power arriving alongside into the care of Newhaven CG at 14:10. The 2 lifeboat crew and salvage pump were recovered before the lifeboat returned to station at 14:20 arriving back alongside at 15:00.
01/04/08 17:00 Clear sky, good vis SW f 6 Moderate - 2m swell 01/04/08 18:55 Motor boat with engine failure due to swamping going ashore
Once the towline was attached the casualty was pulled out from the shore   When in deeper water course was set for Newhaven    When safely moored up we put our salvage pump aboard the casualty to clear the water which was nearly up to the floor boards
8. The crew were paged at 16:54 and informed by Solent CG that a 35ft motor vessel with 2 PoB had been swamped by a large wave and had lost all power. The vessel was drifting ashore 6 cables off Splash Point and required immediate assistance. The lifeboat left the side at 17:00 and arrived on scene at 17:12. The persons aboard were found to be OK so a tow was passed and the lifeboat towed the vessel at slow speed into deeper water before course was set for Newhaven at 7 knots. The lifeboat and casualty entered the harbour at 17:47. The casualty was brought up alongside and then placed on a berth in the marina into the care of Newhaven CG. The vessel was found to have water nearly up to the floor boards so our salvage pump was put aboard to pump it out. The lifeboat left the casualty at 18:35 and was back alongside at 18:42.
23/03/08 12:09 Squally, fair vis WSW f 6 Moderate - 2m swell 23/03/08 16:45 Man overboard from trawler in mid channel
The man overboard was spotted by one of the searching fishing vessels and recovered aboard Eastbourne lifeboat   The casualty was then airlifted by Coastguard Rescue Helo WB and taken to hospital
7. The lifeboat had just returned from exercise when at 12:08 our LOM was informed by Solent CG that a fishing vessel had reported a man overboard some 20 NM south of Newhaven near the Greenwich light ship. The lifeboat left the side at 12:09 and made full speed arriving at the search area at 13:02. The report from the trawler was that the Skipper was last seen on deck at 11:30 when the vessel was trawling at about 4 knots. A full search of the vessel was made but nothing found and the skipper had not been wearing a lifejacket or survival suit. When we arrived 18 other vessels were on scene searching as was Coastguard Rescue Helo "Mike Uniform". Eastbourne lifeboat was also tasked with an ETA on scene of 14:20. Solent CG gave us co-ordinates defining a box 2NM by 3NM which they requested we search. Our search was at 10 knots and would have been completed at 15:30. At 14:18 one of the fishing vessels involved in the search reported that they had found a person in the water. Eastbourne lifeboat recovered the body at 14:26 and the casualty was airlifted by Coastguard Rescue Helo "Whisky Bravo" (which had taken over from "Mike Uniform") and taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital. We were requested by Solent CG to come alongside the casualty vessel and give them contact details for the hospital and also obtain their details. The lifeboat was stood down and returned to station arriving back alongside at 16:10.
17/03/08 18:12 Overcast, moderate vis E f 3 Calm 17/03/08 19:20 Distressed female reported near cliffs
6. A report from Sussex Police concerned for the safety of a 14 year old girl last seen in a distressed state at Splash Point thought to be headed for Seaford Head was relayed to our LOM via Solent CG at 18:08. The crew were paged at 18:10 and the lifeboat left the side at 18:12 arriving on scene at Splash Point at 18:22. A police unit was reported to be on scene and Police Helo H900 had been tasked to join the search. The Y boat was launched with 2 PoB to carry out a search of the base of the cliffs and the ALB illuminated the area with searchlights whilst Newhaven CG cliff teams searched the cliff top. When the Y boat and ALB had searched east as far as Hope Gap Newhaven CG called Solent CG to request an update on H900 which had not arrived on scene. In communication with Sussex Police Ops it transpired that the girl had been found safe and well in Eastbourne and so all search units were stood down at 18:48. The Y boat was recovered at 18:50 and the lifeboat returned to Newhaven and was back alongside at 19:13.
14/03/08 15:43 Overcast, moderate vis SSW f 1 Calm 14/03/08 17:45 Power boat with fouled propellers
5. Solent CG informed our LOM at 15:35 that a 10m power boat with 2 PoB 4NM SE of Newhaven had fouled both Z-drive propellers on floating rope which they were unable to clear. The crew were paged at 15:37 and the lifeboat left the side at 15:43 arriving on scene at 16:00. The Y boat was launched with 2 PoB at 16:10 and using wire cutters and a knife the crew were able to clear all the rope from the propellers. After the Z-drives were clear it was discovered the port one had been damaged. The Y boat was recovered at 16:45 and the casualty was escorted to Newhaven for repairs. The vessel was alongside in Newhaven marina in the care of Newhaven CG at 17:18 and the lifeboat was back alongside our berth at 17:25.
11/02/08 14:00 Clear sky, good vis E f 2 Smooth 11/02/08 15:15 Dog fallen from cliffs
4. Our LOM was informed by Solent CG that a dog had gone over the cliff at Birling Gap and had last been seen in the sea just west of the steps at 13:53. The crew were paged at 13:55 and the lifeboat left the side at 14:00. The lifeboat was on scene at 14:25 and just as we were launching the Y boat to recover the dog's body at 14:27 we were informed that it had gone ashore and that Birling Gap CG was tasked to recover it. The lifeboat was then stood down and returned to station at 14:30 arriving back alongside at 14:55.
09/02/08 16:40 Clear sky, good vis SE f 2 Slight 09/02/08 17:10 Report of a child missing
3. Solent CG informed our LOM that a 9 year old child had been reported missing on Birling Gap beach and that Birling Gap CG were on scene with Police units and the Police helo H900 carrying out a search. The crew were paged at 16:33 and the lifeboat left the side at 16:40. As we were crossing Seaford Bay H900 was seen heading west away from the search area. They reported to Solent CG that the boy had been found safe and well and they were returning to station. We were stood down and returned to station at 16:46 arriving back alongside at 16:50.
28/01/08 17:25 Part cloudy, good vis W f 3 Calm 28/01/08 18:30 Search for capsized dinghy
2. Our DLA was informed by Solent CG at 17:20 of a report from Sussex Ambulance Service that 2 persons had been taken to hospital by ambulance from South Hill Barn, Seaford Head at 15:21 after they swam ashore from their dinghy which had capsized off Cuckmere Haven. Solent CG requested that we recover the dinghy which could be a hazard to other vessels. The lifeboat was on scene at 17:50 and in the absence of any description of the vessel or position where it capsized a search was made from Seaford Bay to Cuckmere Haven. At 17:57 an upturned dinghy was seen off Hope Gap in 1.8m of water. The 3m vessel was recovered aboard the lifeboat which then left the scene at 18:00 arriving back alongside at 18:15 where the casualty vessel was handed into the care of Newhaven CG.
20/01/08 10:08 Overcast, moderate vis WSW f 6 Moderate - 2m swell 20/01/08 12:00 Report of object or body in the water
1. The lifeboat had just left the side on exercise when we informed by Solent CG at 10:10 that an object thought to be a body had been reported half way along the west side of Newhaven breakwater and we were asked to investigate. The lifeboat was on scene at 10:17 and an orange object was seen alongside a large bundle of timber in the backwash from the breakwater. The lifeboat was taken in bow first into the broken water and having established that it was a sea survival suit which appeared to be empty it was recovered using the grapnel. The survival suit along with a substantial amount of timber in the area was presumed to have come from the MV Ice Prince which sank one week earlier 26 NM SSE of Portland Bill. The lifeboat returned to harbour and was back alongside at 10:32 where the survival suit was handed over to Newhaven CG. We returned to sea to continue our exercise at 11:05 and were back alongside refuelled and ready for service at 12:00.
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)