2009 Callouts

Date of launch

Time of launch

Weather

Wind

Sea state at
casualty or search area

Date returned

Time refuelled & RFS

Casualty

30/12/09 21:31 Precipitation, good vis NE f 4 Slight 31/12/09 00:15 Missing person thought to be suicidal
53. Solent CG paged our LOM at 21:20 to request that we launch to assist in a search for a missing person thought to be suicidal. The crew were paged at 21:27 and the lifeboat left the side at 21:31. We were tasked to search from the East Pier at Newhaven eastwards to Cuckmere Haven and arrived at the start of the search area at 21:36. The Y boat was launched with 2 PoB to search close inshore and the ALB searched 1 cable off the shoreline. Coastguard Helo 104 and cliff rescue teams from Newhaven and Birling Gap CG were also carrying out searches. The area was searched from west to east as far as the eastern side of Cuckmere Haven before returning westwards to the western end of Seaford Bay but nothing was found. On completion of the return search the lifeboat was stood down at 23:50. The Y boat was recovered at 23:56 and the lifeboat was back alongside our berth at 00:02.
23/12/09 10:34 Overcast, good vis SW f 5 Moderate 23/12/09 11:35 Fishing vessel with machinery failure
52. Our LOM was paged at 10:16 by Solent CG to request that we launch to assist an 8m MFV with 2 PoB reported to be 1.5NM SW of Newhaven with engine failure and with the anchor down but dragging. The crew were paged at 10:19 and the lifeboat left the side at 10:32 arriving on scene at 10:40. Our tow was passed at 10:47 after the anchor had been danned and released and a slow tow was started towards Newhaven. The casualty was placed alongside the fuel berth into the care of Newhaven CG at 11:15 and the lifeboat was back on our berth at 11:20.
05/12/09 00:18 Squally, good vis SSW f 8 Rough - 4m swell 05/12/09 01:40 Fishing vessel with steering failure
51. While we were towing in the previous casualty we received a call on VHF channel 67 that the MFV that had stood by that vessel had lost steering with her rudder jammed hard to port. The 26m MFV was 3NM SSE of Newhaven with 5 PoB. The wind had increased and best speed was made to the casualty arriving on scene at 00:35. Our tow line was passed and made fast at 00:38 and the casualty was towed towards Newhaven at 4 knots. Due to the size of the vessel and the poor handling caused by its jammed rudder we contacted Newhaven VTS to request that when the pilot boat had finished working with a ship leaving the harbour they meet us at the breakwater and take a tow from the stern of the casualty to act as a brake. We stood off the harbour to allow the ship to leave before making our approach to the entrance. Inside the relative shelter of the breakwater the pilot boat took a rope from the casualty's stern to help us tow the vessel through the narrows. Assisted by the pilot boat we put the vessel onto a berth on the East Quay into the care of Newhaven CG at 01:30.
04/12/09 22:51 Squally, good vis SSW f 7 Rough - 3m swell 05/12/09 N/A Fishing vessel with machinery failure
50. Solent CG paged our LOM at 22:38 to request that we launch to assist a 12m MFV with 3 PoB 3NM SSE of Newhaven which had engine failure and was at anchor with another MFV standing by. The crew were paged at 22:42 and the lifeboat left the side at 22:51 arriving on scene at 23:10. Our tow line was passed at 23:12 and we commenced a slow tow to Newhaven at 4 knots. Inside the harbour the vessel was brought up alongside and berthed against a moored MFV on the West Quay into the care of Newhaven CG at 00:05. At 00:18 we were tasked to the next incident.
23/11/09 09:12 Squally, fair vis WSW f 9 Moderate 23/11/09 09:40 Concern for a vessel entering harbour in adverse conditions
49. Our LOM was paged by Solent CG at 09:04 to request that we launch following a report from Newhaven VTS who were concerned for the safety of an unknown sailing vessel that was attempting to enter the harbour, due to the sea conditions and 39 - 49 knot winds at the entrance. The crew were paged at 09:06 and as the lifeboat left the side at 09:12 Newhaven CG reported that the yacht had just passed the breakwater end. We were asked to check all was well with the crew and escort the vessel to a mooring. At 09:15 we were on scene and established that all was well on board the 32ft vessel with 1 PoB. Lifeboat crew assisted the yacht alongside a berth in the marina as the vessel had no astern propulsion. The casualty was handed into the care of Newhaven CG and the lifeboat was back alongside our berth at 09:38.
14/11/09 16:45 Squally, fair vis WSW f 10 High - 6m swell 14/11/09 17:30 Report of persons possibly in the water
48. Solent CG paged our LOM at 16:35 to request that we launch following a report via Sussex Police of possible persons in the water. Grandparents had reported that their daughter and grandson who were last see on the undercliff walk at Peacehaven had not returned and may have been swept into the sea by the 50 knot winds and 6m swell. Newhaven CG, CG Helo 104 and Police Helo H900 were all also on their way to the scene. The crew were paged at 16:37 and the lifeboat left the side at 16:45. Best speed was made in the high seas and as we approached the search area at 16:57 Sussex Police reported that the missing persons had been found safe and well at home. All units were stood down to return to station and the lifeboat was back alongside our berth at 17:08.
22/10/09 15:10 Overcast, good vis SSE f 5 Moderate 22/10/09 16:45 Sailing vessel with steering failure
47. Solent CG paged our LOM at 15:00 to request that we launch to assist a 35ft motor sailer with 1 PoB which was reported to have lost steering 1.5NM SW of Newhaven breakwater. The crew were paged at 15:05 and the lifeboat left the side at 15:10 arriving on scene at 15:20. One crew member was put aboard at 15:22 to help rig the tow and stream a drogue and this was completed at 15:32. The vessel was towed to Newhaven with an ETA at the breakwater end of 15:50. The casualty was brought up alongside the lifeboat inside the harbour at 16:05 and placed on a berth in the marina into the care of Newhaven CG at 16:10. The lifeboat was back alongside our mooring at 16:11.
21/10/09 14:15 Overcast, good vis SSE f 4 Moderate 21/10/09 15:15 Person in the water calling for assistance
46. Our LOM was paged at 14:08 to request that we launch to a report from a member of the public that a person attempting to recover a dog from the sea was in difficulties calling for help near the steps at the east end of the under cliff walk at Peacehaven. The crew were paged at 14:10 and the lifeboat left the side at 14:15 with 6 crew aboard. As we approached the scene at 14:25 we were informed that the person had been recovered from the sea and was in the care of Newhaven CG and Sussex Ambulance paramedics and the dog had also made it ashore. Before we were stood down Newhaven CG requested that we recover the 2 life rings from the sea that had been thrown to the person in order to prevent any further distress calls. Both life rings were recovered from close to the under cliff walk by 14:38 and the lifeboat returned to station arriving back alongside at 14:55.
18/10/09 10:22 Part cloudy, good vis N f 2 Smooth 18/10/09 12:15 Person possibly missing near major cliff fall
45. At 09:36 crew in our boathouse received a call from the angling vessel "Yellow Fin" reporting that a person had been seen on the cliffs at Seaford Head near a new large cliff fall but was not then visible and this information was passed to Solent CG. A further report was made by another vessel near the scene and Solent CG sent Newhaven CG mobile to investigate and asked us to monitor VHF radio. The lifeboat left the side at 10:00 on exercise and at 10:22 Solent CG requested that we search for a possible missing person near the large cliff fall. The lifeboat was on scene at 10:25 and the Y boat was launched with 2 PoB at 10:32. The Y boat carried out a search close inshore around the cliff fall but nothing was found so the CG search team and lifeboat were stood down at 10:46. The Y boat was recovered and we continued with our exercise going back alongside our berth at 11:45.
17/10/09 23:43 Clear sky, very good vis N f 4 Slight 18/10/09 01:15 Cabin cruiser with machinery failure
44. Solent CG paged our LOM at 23:31 to request that we launch to a 21ft cabin cruiser with 2 PoB which required assistance whilst on passage from Littlehampton to Eastbourne. The vessel had fouled its propeller on fishing gear 1NM south of Peacehaven and although the occupants had cleared the propeller they were unable to restart the engine. The crew were paged at 23:37 and the lifeboat left the side at 23:43 arriving on scene at 23:56. A towline was passed at 00:03 and the vessel was towed to Newhaven with an ETA to the breakwater of 00:30. The casualty was placed alongside a berth in the marina into the care of Newhaven CG at 00:43 and the lifeboat was back alongside our berth at 00:47.
27/09/09 18:26 Clear sky, good vis W f 3 Calm 27/09/09 19:00 Report from Ambulance Service of a missing person thought to be at risk of self harm
43. Our LOM was paged at 18:04 by Solent CG to request that we launch following a report from Sussex Ambulance of a missing person at risk of self harm, however no fixed position was available. When further information was available the lifeboat was requested by our LOM to launch at 18:21 to search the area from Tidemills to Splash Point in Seaford Bay. The lifeboat left the side at 18:26 and arrived on scene at 18:36 and the Y boat was launched with 2 PoB. At 18:42 the lifeboat was stood down as the person had been found and was taken into the care of Sussex Ambulance. The Y boat was recovered and the lifeboat returned to station at 18:50 and was back alongside our berth at 18:55.
17/09/09 11:50 Clear sky, good vis NE f 6 Slight 17/09/09 13:00 Fishing vessel with fouled propeller
42. Our LOM was paged at 11:40 by Solent CG to request that we launch to assist a 17ft fishing vessel with 1 PoB which had a rope around its propeller off the Martello Tower in Seaford Bay. The crew were paged at 11:42 and the lifeboat left the side at 11:50 arriving on scene at 12:00. The vessel was taken in tow at 12:06 and was placed alongside a berth in Newhaven marina at 12:40. The lifeboat returned to station and was back alongside at 12:42.
13/09/09 11:45 Part cloudy, good vis NNE f 5 Slight 13/09/09 12:45 Inflatable dinghy meeting adverse conditions
41. The lifeboat left the side on exercise at 10:00 and at 11:43 Solent CG informed us that the local NCI had reported 2 small inflatable dinghies at the end of Newhaven breakwater which they had lost sight of. One with 2 PoB was being rowed and towing a smaller dinghy with 1 PoB. The lifeboat was asked to investigate and when on scene at 11:50 we found the larger dinghy had 1 adult and 1 teenager aboard and the smaller dinghy had a young child aboard. None of the persons had lifejackets and with an increasing NNE wind and conditions likely to deteriorate as they proceeded offshore they were offered a tow back to the beach which was initially declined. Solent CG were informed of the position which they were not happy with so the Y boat was launched with 2 PoB and the 2 dinghies were towed ashore and handed into the care of Newhaven CG at 12:10. The Y boat was recovered and the lifeboat returned to station arriving back alongside at12:25.
11/09/09 21:00 Part cloudy, good vis N f 2 Smooth 11/09/09 21:45 Report of a yacht thought to be in trouble
40. Solent CG paged our LOM at 20:53 to request that the lifeboat launch to investigate a vessel in Seaford Bay, possibly in trouble, thought to be unmanned with no lights showing. The crew were paged at 20:56 and the lifeboat left the side at 21:00 arriving on scene at 21:11. The 24ft sailing vessel was found to be at anchor with 1 PoB and all was well on board. The skipper was advised to show navigation lights and once this was done the lifeboat returned to station at 21:15 and was back alongside our berth at 21:25.
04/09/09 09:00 Squally, good vis WNW f 5 Moderate - 1m swell 04/09/09 11:35 Report of a capsized boat
When we arrived on scene the hull was upturned and partly submerged   The marina workboat took the over the tow to land the vessel on the slipway
39. Our LOM was paged at 08:44 by Solent CG to request that we launch following a report from the yacht "Mambo Tango" 5NM SW of Newhaven that had found a capsized boat. The crew were paged at 08:47 and the lifeboat left the side at 09:00 arriving on scene at 09:12. The upturned hull of a 16ft beachboat was spotted with the outboard motor in the raised position and there was no sign of flotsam or equipment in the area. From the description of the hull it was thought it was the same vessel reported drifting off Selsey the day before and Solent CG requested that we attempt to recover it. A crew member entered the water in a dry suit and attached a tow line and fenders to keep the vessel afloat. The hull was towed slowly towards Newhaven where it was handed over to the marina workboat at 11:10 and then taken to the slipway where it was handed into the care of Newhaven CG. The lifeboat was back alongside at 11:20.
20/08/09 12:22 Overcast, good vis SSW f 5 Moderate - 1m swell 20/08/09 14:30 Mayday from swamped fishing vessel
The MFV Sarah Jane had picked up the 2 persons from the swamped vessel which was barely afloat   The Y boat managed to secure a line and the ALB slowly towed the nearly submerged vessel into the shelter of the breakwater    In the shallow water behind the breakwater the pilot boat took over the tow to get the vessel closer to shore and the Y boat passed lines to the waiting CG team   The successful result as the vessel was later drained where it settled on the sand beach at low tide
38. A 24ft MFV with 2 PoB sent a Mayday call stating that they were swamped and sinking just west of the Newhaven breakwater. The crew were paged at 12:19 and the lifeboat left the side at 12:25 with 5 crew aboard. As the lifeboat was launching it was confirmed that the passing MFV "Sarah Jane" had recovered the 2 persons safely and the casualty vessel had capsized and only it's bow was visible above the sea. The lifeboat was on scene at 12:26 and it was confirmed that the 2 persons were unharmed and they were taken ashore by the "Sarah Jane". At 12:47 the Y boat was launched with 2 PoB and a line was attached to the nearly submerged vessel and passed back to the ALB which started a slow tow towards Newhaven at 13:00. Newhaven VTS offered the assistance of the pilot boat which stood by the tow. During this time the Y boat recovered as much flotsam from the area as possible. In the shallow water towards the base of the breakwater the pilot boat took over the tow to get the vessel closer to the harbour wall. The Y boat passed the line to the waiting Newhaven CG team ashore at 13:40 and then attached further lines to the vessel as it settled on the sand. The ALB put back to sea to recover the remaining visible flotsam from the capsize area and then recovered the Y boat and returned to station at 14:22.
17/08/09 12:30 Part cloudy, good vis WSW f 4 Calm 17/08/09 13:30 Sailing vessel stranded and in danger of capsizing
With the 4 year old child safely in the Y boat her mother and then her grandfather were taken aboard   With the people safely removed the Y boat crew secured the vessel with the assistance of Newhaven CG ashore
37. A local MFV reported to Newhaven VTS that a 23ft sailing vessel with 3 PoB had gone aground on the old North grid iron in the harbour. The pilot boat went to investigate but was unable to go alongside the vessel due to the falling tide. Due to concern that the vessel may tip over from the grid iron and with no safe access from the quay to recover the 2 adults and young child the pilot boat and Newhaven VTS agreed that the lifeboat and Y boat should be requested to take the person off the casualty. Solent CG were informed and the crew were paged at 12:21. The lifeboat left the side at 12:30 and was on scene at 12:31. The Y boat was launched at 12:32 with 2 PoB and went straight alongside the vessel which was then well aground and took the 3 persons off and put them aboard the ALB. The Y boat then returned and assisted by Newhaven CG ashore made the vessel fast with lines to the quay. The Y boat was recovered at 13:10 and the ALB returned to our berth at 13:12 where the casualties were handed into the care of Newhaven CG.
16/08/09 14:25 Overcast, good vis WSW f 5 Moderate 16/08/09 15:10 Report of diver in difficulties
36. Our LOM was paged at 14:13 by Solent CG to request that we launch to a dive vessel 2.5 NM SW of Newhaven which had transmitted a Pan Pan call reporting a diver surfaced with blood around his mouth and nose requiring evacuation. The crew were paged at 14:14 and the lifeboat left the side at 14:25 arriving on scene at 14:34. The casualty had been administered 100% oxygen and was found to be bleeding from the nose area and was shaky and disorientated so he was taken aboard the lifeboat at 14:42. Full speed was made for Newhaven and an ambulance was arranged to meet us on arrival. The lifeboat was back alongside at 14:52 and the casualty was handed into the care of Sussex Ambulance Service.
09/08/09 13:35 Clear sky, very good vis SSE f 4 Slight 09/08/09 15:15 Powerboat with machinery failure
35. An 8m powerboat with 5 PoB had suffered total electrical failure 2.5 NM SSW of Newhaven and being unable to start their engine requested assistance from Solent CG by mobile telephone as their VHF radio could not be used either. Solent CG broadcast on VHF channel 16 to see if any other vessels in the area were able to assist but they were unable to raise anyone. So at 13:30 we were requested to launch and the lifeboat left the side at 13:35 and arrived on scene with the casualty at 13:53. It was confirmed that all was well aboard and we offered a tow to Newhaven. As there appeared to be no suitably strong cleat on deck we opted to secure the tow to the bow D ring just above the casualty's waterline and a crew member in a dry suit swam across and attached the tow. The casualty was towed to Newhaven and placed alongside a berth in the marina into the care of Newhaven CG and the lifeboat was back on our berth at 15:00.
02/08/09 22:50 Clear sky, good vis WSW f 5 Slight 03/08/09 00:20 Sailing vessel with machinery failure
The casualty under shortened tow approaching the marina
34. Solent CG paged our LOM at 22:37 to request that we launch to assist a 26ft sailing vessel reported off Cuckmere Haven with 2 PoB unable to sail into harbour or start the engine. The crew were paged at 22:43 and the lifeboat left the side at 22:50 arriving on scene at 23:04. The vessel was requested to drop sails and a tow was passed at 23:08. A slow tow at 4.5 knots was made for Newhaven arriving at the breakwater end at 23:28. The tow was shortened inside the harbour and the vessel was placed alongside a berth in the marina at 23:42 into the care of Newhaven CG. The lifeboat was back alongside our berth at midnight.
23/07/09 16:30 Part cloudy, good vis WSW f 4 Smooth 23/07/09 18:40 Powerboat with machinery failure
The casualty was strapped alongside the Y boat so that it could be steered through the fast flowing water
33. Solent CG had received a mobile telephone call from a 26ft powerboat with 2 PoB at anchor in the river just south of Southease bridge to the north of Newhaven Harbour. The vessel had been on passage from Newhaven to Lewes when it suffered engine failure. The tide was ebbing and the vessel was anchored in fast flowing water and required assistance. Our DLA was paged and he authorised the paging of the crew at 16:25. The lifeboat left the side at 16:30 to deploy the Y boat in the river with 2 PoB. The Y boat was on scene with the casualty at 17:00 and at 17:12 2 members of Newhaven CG were placed aboard to help rig the tow. The Y boat then towed the vessel down river with a strong ebb tide towards Newhaven. At 17:55 the casualty was put alongside the ALB to be manoeuvred alongside and at 18:00 the vessel was placed alongside a pontoon in the marina into the care of Newhaven CG. The lifeboat recovered the Y boat at 18:03 and was back alongside our berth at 18:07.
19/07/09 17:04 Squalls, fair vis SW f 7 Rough - 3m swell 19/07/09 17:50 Report of child drowning confirmed as malicious hoax
Conditions where the child was reported drowning were poor with heavy breaking surf    2 crew members in dry suits were ready to enter the surf to rescue the child
32. Solent CG paged our DLA at 16:59 to request an immediate launch to a report of a 10 year old boy out of his depth in the sea off the Martello Tower at Seaford Beach. The crew were paged at 17:01 and the lifeboat left the side at 17:04 with permission obtained from Newhaven VTS to leave the harbour at speed. Full speed was maintained and the lifeboat was on scene at 17:14. A search was commenced close inshore near the surf line in heavy seas and gale force winds with 2 crew members in dry suits ready to enter the surf to rescue the child. Solent CG then relayed a message from Sussex Police that further information obtained had confirmed the call to be a hoax and the lifeboat was stood down and returned to station at 17:18 arriving back alongside at 17:44. Sussex Police were making their way to the address from which the hoax call had been made to interview the occupants.
17/07/09 13:20 Squalls, fair vis SW f 7 Rough - 3.5m swell 17/07/09 19:20 Sailing vessel facing adverse conditions
The vessel was initially making good speed with a heavily reefed mainsail and storm jib  In this photo the land can just be seen to the right of the yacht   About 1.5NM off Newhaven the casualty turned head to wind to lower his sails before motoring into harbour
31. Our DLA was paged at 13:05 by Solent CG to request that we launch to a 32ft gaff-rigged yawl with 1 PoB meeting adverse weather conditions 17NM SW of Newhaven. The sole occupant was suffering from an injury to his shoulder arising from a fall and severe tiredness and the vessel was hove to and drifting into the shipping lanes. The DLA was unable to respond to the page so the Coxswain responded and confirmed we would launch. The crew were paged at 13:16 and the lifeboat left the side at 13:20. Best speed was made to the reported position and the lifeboat was on scene at 14:15 to find the casualty in the Traffic Separation Scheme. The casualty was offered a tow but this was declined as the vessel was making good progress towards Brighton Marina at 6 knots under a heavily reefed mainsail and storm jib. The casualty was informed that Newhaven would be a better refuge in the prevailing weather conditions and so course was set for Newhaven with the lifeboat escorting and an ETA of 17:30. However the wind veered to NW as predicted and the vessel's speed reduced to about 3 knots. At 17:45 when approximately 1.5NM from Newhaven the casualty lowered all his sails and motored toward the harbour. Inside the harbour 2 crew were put aboard to help with mooring and the casualty went alongside the visitor's berth in the marina into the care of Newhaven CG at 19:00. The lifeboat was back alongside at 19:08.
05/07/09 12:45 Clear sky, good vis WSW f 3 Smooth 05/07/09 13:30 Motor vessel with fouled anchor
30. The crew were still aboard from the previous service when we received a call from Newhaven VTS on VHF channel 12 reporting a 20ft vessel with 2 PoB which had requested assistance by mobile telephone as they were unable to recover their anchor, about 100m east of the east pier, as it was fouled on a steel cable. Solent CG and our LOM were informed and we were requested to proceed to sea to assist. The lifeboat left the side at 12:45 and was on scene at 12:50. The casualty had managed to raise the anchor to the surface but the cable was still caught on the flukes. The lifeboat was manoeuvred bow to bow with the casualty and the crew used a boathook to release the cable at 12:55. However the weight of the cable took the boathook under the water and it was lost. The lifeboat left the scene at 13:10 and was back alongside at 13:15.
05/07/09 10:30 Part cloudy, good vis SW f 4 Slight 05/07/09 12:45 Diver requiring medical assistance
After initial assessment the casualty was transferred to the lifeboat and given oxygen  Our medic relayed all observations and information to the helicopter's winchman before evacuation   The casualty was winched in a double strop to maintain a near horizontal position  When the casualty was clear of our stern the helo backed off to continue winching in
29. The lifeboat left the side at 10:30 to conduct an SAR demo close inshore in Seaford Bay with Brighton lifeboat and the MFV "Commodore". At 11:10 Solent CG requested that we proceed to a dive vessel 6NM south of Seaford Bay which had reported a diver surfaced with signs of decompression illness, severe pain, numbness and pins and needles. The lifeboat made best speed to the position and Coastguard Rescue Helo 104 was also confirmed to be tasked to the vessel. The lifeboat was on scene at 11:25 and 2 crew went aboard the dive vessel with oxygen and a stretcher at 11:26. The diver was assessed by our medic and 100% oxygen was given. As the helo had an ETA of 11:39 we checked whether they wished to airlift the casualty from the lifeboat rather than the dive vessel and this was confirmed. At 11:30 the casualty was transferred by stretcher to the lifeboat and oxygen therapy continued. Her dive computer and observations of her condition were taken aboard to be handed to the helo crew. The helo arrived on scene at 11:40 and with the lifeboat steering 240 at 15 knots the winchman was lowered onto our deck at 11:41. Our medic handed over all observations and assessments to the winchman before the casualty and winchman were airlifted together at 11:50 and the diver was taken to Poole for treatment. The lifeboat left the scene at 11:55 and was back alongside our mooring at 12:25.
04/07/09 14:22 Overcast, good vis S f 3 Smooth 04/07/09 15:25 Becalmed yacht with engine failure
As this callout took place during out fete and open day the crowd were entertained by radio control model lifeboats as we brought the casualty in
28. Our LOM was paged by Solent CG at 14:17 to request that we launch to assist a 10.3m Belgian yacht with 2 PoB 1NM south of Newhaven which had lost all oil from the engine and was unable to sail due to the lack of wind. The crew were already on station as it was our combined Fete and Open Day so it was not necessary to page. The lifeboat left the side at 14:22 and was on scene at 14:32. Our towline was passed and we commenced the tow to Newhaven at 14:37. The vessel was berthed in the marina into the care of Newhaven CG at 15:10 and the lifeboat was back alongside our berth at 15:15.
01/07/09 N/A Clear sky, very good vis SE f 4 Smooth 01/07/09 N/A Swimmer reported in trouble
27. Solent CG paged the crew direct having received a report that a young person was thought to be in difficulties just north of the lifeboat station having jumped from the jetty into the harbour. The crew were paged at 16:21 but a cancel launch page was sent at 16:22 when it was confirmed that the young person did not need assistance and the lifeboat was not required.
21/06/09 09:20 Cloudy, very good vis NW f 2 Smooth 21/06/09 13:00 Mayday from dive RIB with unconscious diver aboard
26. The lifeboat left the side at 09:20 for an exercise in Seaford Bay. At 10:48 a dive RIB 3.5NM south of Beachy Head broadcast a "Mayday" call on VHF channel 16 that a diver had surfaced having jettisoned his dive gear and he was unconscious and not thought to be breathing. Solent CG tasked Newhaven lifeboat and CG Rescue Helo 104 to the incident and Eastbourne ALB and ILB had been tasked by Dover CG. Best speed was made to the casualty and Newhaven lifeboat arrived on scene at 11:15 at the same time as both Eastbourne boats. Eastbourne ALB had a doctor on board so we stood off and allowed him to be transferred by the ILB to the dive RIB. The diver was reported by the doctor to be conscious and breathing and he was therefore transferred to Eastbourne ALB for airlifting by Helo 104 to Eastbourne District General Hospital. Newhaven lifeboat was stood down at 11:34 and returned to station arriving back on our berth at 12:25.
19/06/09 16:43 Part cloudy, good vis WSW f 7 Moderate 19/06/09 18:10 Sailing vessel reported to be facing adverse conditions
The yacht was towed out into deeper water before turning towards Newhaven   As we made our way off the shore the towline was lengthened
25. Our LOM was paged at 16:32 by Solent CG to request that we launch to an 8.5m sailing vessel which had made a "Pan Pan" call on VHF channel 16. The vessel with 2 PoB was close inshore off Seaford Head and had engine failure and was unable to sail clear of the shore due to adverse sea conditions. The crew were paged at 16:33 and the lifeboat left the side at 16:43 arriving on scene at 16:50. The casualty was asked to lower his sails and prepare to take a tow. Our towline was passed at 16:53 and the vessel was towed towards Newhaven at 6-7 knots. Inside the harbour the vessel was taken alongside and placed on a berth in the marina into the care of Newhaven CG at 17:40. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 17:48.
14/06/09 10:00 Clear sky, good vis WSW f 3 Calm 14/06/09 13:00 Dive RIB broken down with divers in the water
2 crew members entered the water to help the divers remove their tanks, weight belts and fins before they were brought aboard
24. The lifeboat left the side at 10:00 and was on exercise in Seaford Bay when at 10:32 a dive RIB reported to Solent CG that the vessel had engine failure and had 5 divers in the water who were due to resurface. The lifeboat was tasked and made for the scene 3NM south of Beachy Head. At 10:39 the dive RIB reported that they had managed to recover 3 divers and requested that we recovered the remaining 2. The lifeboat was on scene at 10:45 and the 2 divers were taken aboard and then transferred back to the RIB at 10:50. Another RIB arrived on scene at 10:51 and offered to tow the casualty to Newhaven. The lifeboat was stood down to continue our exercise at 10:59 after which we were back alongside at 11:45.
09/06/09 11:14 Rain, good vis NE f 4 Slight 09/06/09 12:20 Angling vessel with machinery failure
23. Our LOM was paged by Solent CG at 11:04 to request that we launch to an 18ft angling vessel with engine failure. The vessel had 2 PoB and was approximately 3NM SSW of Newhaven. The crew were paged at 11:08 and the lifeboat left the side at 11:14 arriving on scene at 11:30. A tow line was passed and the vessel was towed to Newhaven where it was placed alongside a berth in the marina at 12:00. The lifeboat was back alongside at 12:05.
06/06/09 15:35 Part cloudy, good vis ESE f 5 Slight 06/06/09 16:00 Report of divers in difficulty
22. Whilst crew were aboard showing members of the public over the lifeboat during an Open Day our DLA was paged by Solent CG to request that we launch to divers reported to be waving for assistance in Seaford Bay in the vicinity of the Martello Tower. The crew were paged at 15:31 and the lifeboat left the side at 15:35. As the lifeboat was crossing the bay we were stood down at 15:40 as the divers were reported to be safe and well on the beach. The initial report turned out to be a false alarm with good intent. The lifeboat returned to station and was back alongside at 15:46.
05/06/09 18:10 Part cloudy, good vis SE f 2 Calm 05/06/09 19:20 Injured person requiring medical evacuation
The injured man had fallen from the top of the landing stage to the partially submerged pontoon below
21. Solent CG paged our DLA at 17:58 to request that we launch and use our Y boat to transfer a casualty to the lifeboat station and then to a waiting ambulance. The fisherman had fallen from the top of the quay onto a pontoon when climbing the vertical ladder to unload his boat which he had moored alongside another vessel. The crew were paged at 17:59 and the lifeboat left the side at 18:10 arriving on scene at 18:13. The Y boat was launched at 18:15 with 3 PoB and went alongside the partly submerged pontoon where the casualty was being treated by Sussex Ambulance paramedics for a broken leg and possible fractured pelvis with assistance from Newhaven CG. The Y boat crew supplied frac straps to assist with the casualty's immobilisation before he was placed onto a spinal board. He was then transferred to the Y boat at 18:45 together with one paramedic and taken to the lifeboat pontoon. He was transferred to the pontoon and then carried up to the waiting ambulance stretcher where he was handed back into the care of Sussex Ambulance at 18:56. The Y boat was then recovered and the ALB was back alongside our berth at 19:10.
01/06/09 19:57 Clear sky, good vis ENE f 5 Slight 01/06/09 21:45 Person on beach requiring medical attention
The casualty was treated with oxygen and covered before being fastened into the stretcher for the transfer to the ALB    The casualty and one paramedic were taken by Y boat to the ALB
20. Our DLA was paged at 19:49 by Solent CG with a request to launch to assist Birling Gap CG team 300m west of Birling Gap steps to evacuate an elderly man from the beach who had Parkinson's Disease and was suffering from over exposure to the sun. The crew were paged at 19:51 and the lifeboat left the side at 19:57 arriving on scene at 20:15. The Y boat was launched with 2 PoB and went ashore with the first aid kit, oxygen and a stretcher. Ashore the casualty was being treated by Sussex Ambulance paramedics who wanted him evacuated to a better position to be taken to the ambulance. To minimise distress to the casualty and prevent unnecessary transfers in the Y boat it was decided that he should be taken to the ALB which would return to Newhaven to transfer him to the ambulance. He was placed in the stretcher and taken by Y boat to the ALB with one paramedic. One crewman stayed ashore and went back to Newhaven in the ambulance with the remaining paramedic. The Y boat was recovered and the lifeboat left the scene at 20:37 arriving back on our berth at 21:00. The casualty was then transferred to the ambulance and was taken to the Eastbourne District General Hospital to be checked over.
31/05/09 16:55 Clear sky, good vis NE f 6 Slight 31/05/09 17:30 Sailing dinghy signalling for assistance
19. Our LOM was paged by Solent CG at 16:48 to request that we launch to a Laser dinghy 300 yards off Seaford beach with 2 PoB waving for assistance. The crew were paged at 16:51 and the lifeboat left the side at 16:55. We arrived on scene at 17:04 to find the dinghy, which had lost its rudder, in the tow of a jetski. The dinghy was towed to shore by the jetski and having checked that no further assistance was required we left the scene at 17:06 and were back alongside at 17:15.
28/05/09 15:40 Clear sky, good vis W f 4 Slight 28/05/09 17:15 Person threatening to jump from cliff
18. Our LOM was paged at 15:32 by Solent CG to request that the crew be brought to immediate readiness to standby for a person on the cliff edge just west of Newhaven who was thought to be preparing to jump from the cliff. The crew were paged at 15:33 and due to the concern for the casualty the lifeboat left the side at 15:40 and stood by in the bight of the breakwater with the Y boat alongside with 2 PoB. The lifeboat and Y boat remained there until at 16:35 Newhaven CG requested the Y boat to proceed to the scene and take up position 50m off the cliffs and standby. At 16:35 the casualty was reported to have been taken into the care of Sussex Police and all units were stood down. The Y boat was recovered at 16:44 and the lifeboat was back alongside our berth at 16:55.
28/05/09 10:15 Part cloudy, good vis W f 4 Slight - large swell on shore 28/05/09 12:15 Recovery of body from the sea
The Y boat searched close inshore as the CG team checked  the shoreline    Having remained on scene to assist the CG team could not get back the mobile so they were picked up from the beach and returned by the Y boat
17. Solent CG paged our LOM at 10:08 to request that we launch to a reported possible body in the surf line off Seaford Head. The crew were paged at 10:10 and the lifeboat left the side at 10:15 arriving on scene at 10:25. Newhaven CG were on scene but the body was not visible at that point. The Y boat was launched with 2 PoB at 10:35 to carry out a search close inshore whilst Newhaven CG searched from under the cliffs. At 10:48 the casualty was located and 1 crewman went ashore whilst the Y boat returned to the ALB to collect another crew member to assist. The body was taken aboard the Y boat and transferred to the ALB at 11:25. The CG team were unable to walk back along to their Land Rover due to the incoming tide so they were recovered by the Y boat at 11:35 and put aboard the ALB. Both boats headed back to Splash Point where the CG team were taken back aboard the Y boat and transferred back to the beach at 11:43. The lifeboat left the scene at at 11:48 arriving back on our berth at 11:58 where the body was handed into the care of Sussex Police.
24/05/09 14:42 Part cloudy, good vis E f 4 Slight 24/05/09 16:15 Sailing vessel fouled on fishing gear
16. Our LOM was paged at 14:34 by Solent CG to request that we launch to a 47ft sailing vessel with 8 PoB which was reported to have fouled the keel or rudder on fishing gear 2NM south of Seaford Head and required assistance as they were unable to break free. The crew were paged at 14:38 and the lifeboat left the side at 14:42 arriving on scene at 15:00. The Y boat was launched with 2 PoB and attempted to free the vessel using a knife and grapnel hook but the fishing gear could not be located in the strong tide. A towline was then passed from the ALB to the stern of the casualty which was then towed stern first into the tide and wind to attempt to free the gear and this was achieved. The vessel confirmed they were free of the gear and continued on its passage. The Y boat was recovered at 15:30 and the lifeboat left the scene at 15:35 arriving back alongside our berth at 15:55.
22/05/09 20:37 Clear sky, good vis W f 3 Slight 22/05/09 21:10 Powerboat with machinery failure
15. Solent CG paged our DLA at 20:26 to request that the lifeboat launch to assist an 18ft speedboat with 5 PoB just east of the east pier at Newhaven. The vessel was close inshore at anchor and the occupants were unable to start the engine. The crew were paged at 20:28 and the lifeboat left the side at 20:37 arriving on scene at 20:42. A tow was established at 20:46 and the casualty was berthed in the marina into the care of Newhaven CG at 20:56. The lifeboat was back alongside at 21:00.
21/05/09 17:40 Part cloudy, good vis WSW f 5 Moderate 21/05/09 19:00 Sailing vessel reported to be facing adverse conditions
The yacht was taken in tow to Newhaven
14. Our DLA was paged at 17:31 and we were requested to launch by Solent CG to assist an 11m sailing vessel with 1 PoB 3NM east of Newhaven. The skipper had made a "Pan Pan" call and reported that he was unable to control the vessel in the sea conditions and was going towards the shore. The crew were paged at 17:33 and the lifeboat left the side at 17:40 and was on scene at 17:50. The vessel was found to be making good way but as the skipper appeared to be disorientated he was asked to stop the vessel and take a tow. The towline was passed at 17:52 and a slow tow commenced to Newhaven. The casualty was brought alongside the lifeboat and placed on a berth in the marina into the care of Newhaven CG at 18:35. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 18:37.
20/05/09 19:12 Clear sky, good vis WSW f 3 Slight 20/05/09 20:25 Powerboat with machinery failure
A check was made that all was well aboard apart from the overheated engine before the tow was passed
13. Our LOM was paged at 19:02 and informed by Solent CG that a 24ft vessel with 1 PoB had reported an overheated engine 3NM south of Newhaven and required assistance. The crew were paged at 19:05 and the lifeboat left the side at 19:12 arriving on scene at 19:22. Our towline was passed and the vessel was towed to Newhaven where it was berthed in the marina into the care of Newhaven CG at 20:00. The lifeboat was back alongside at 20:03.
19/05/09 17:05 Part cloudy, good vis SSW f 4 Moderate 19/05/09 20:45 Person with suspected cardiac arrest
The helo just about to commence the lift of the casualty
12. Solent CG paged our LOM at 16:56 with a request that the lifeboat launch to assist their Coastguard Helo which had been tasked to a 37ft sailing vessel that had put out a Mayday call requesting urgent assistance to one of the 2 PoB who had suspected cardiac arrest. The crew were paged at 16:59 and the lifeboat left the side at 17:05 making best speed to the casualty 10NM SSW of Newhaven. The helo was already on scene having been tasked earlier and their paramedic was aboard the vessel when the lifeboat arrived on scene at 17:40. The paramedic asked that the lifeboat go alongside and transfer oxygen and 2 crew members aboard to assist which was done at 17:45. The casualty was airlifted at 18:04 and taken to a waiting ambulance at Brighton to be taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital. Our 2 crew members remained aboard to assist the skipper who was in shock. The lifeboat escorted the yacht into Brighton marina where it was berthed into the care of Newhaven CG at 19:40. The lifeboat left Brighton marina at 19:50 arriving back alongside at 20:10.
02/05/09 11:59 Part cloudy, good vis WSW f 4 Slight 02/05/09 15:30 Angling vessel with machinery failure
11. Our LOM was paged at 11:47 by Solent CG with a request to launch the lifeboat to assist a 10m angling vessel which had suffered total electrical failure and had communications only by mobile telephone. The vessel had 9 PoB and was 15NM SSW of Newhaven in the south west bound shipping lane with another angling vessel "Sea Leopard" standing by. The crew were paged at 11:50 and the lifeboat left the side at 11:59. Travelling at cruising speed we arrived on scene at 12:48. A tow was established at 12:52 and course was set for Newhaven at 10 knots arriving at the breakwater end at 14:35 having shortened the tow before entering harbour. Once inside the casualty was brought alongside the lifeboat and then placed on its berth in the marina into the care of the owner and Newhaven CG at 15:05. The lifeboat was back alongside our berth at 15:10.
29/04/09 16:45 Part cloudy, good vis WSW f 4 Slight 29/04/09 17:45 Powerboat with machinery failure
10. Solent CG informed our LOM at 16:39 that a 17ft powerboat with 1 PoB close inshore in Seaford Bay had suffered engine failure and required assistance. The vessel was at anchor. The crew were paged at 16:42 and the lifeboat launched at 16:45 arriving on scene with the casualty at 16:55. Our towline was passed and the anchor then recovered at 16:57. The vessel was towed to Newhaven where it was berthed in the marina into the care of Newhaven CG at 17:25. The lifeboat was back alongside our berth at 17:29.
21/04/09 17:45 Clear sky, good vis S f 1 Smooth 21/04/09 19:38 Person fallen from cliff
9. Our DLA was informed by Solent CG at 17:38 that a person had been reported over the cliff at Seaford Head and the lifeboat was requested to attend and deploy the Y boat to investigate and assist Newhaven CG cliff team. The crew were paged at 17:42 and the lifeboat left the side at 17:45 arriving on scene at 18:00. The Y boat was launched with 2 PoB and the person was found to be deceased. The Y boat crew assisted the CG cliff team who recovered the body up the cliff at 18:55. The Y boat was recovered at 19:02 and the lifeboat returned to station arriving back alongside our berth at 19:26.
17/04/09 03:59 Drizzle, good vis W f 2 Calm 17/04/09 05:20 Power boat with electrical system failure
8. At 03:44 our DLA was informed by Solent CG that a 21ft Bayliner with 2 PoB had reported by mobile telephone that the vessel was anchored but drifting 3.3NM SSE of Newhaven having suffered an electrical fault with the engine and radio. The crew were paged at 03:47 and the lifeboat left the side at 03:59 arriving on scene with the casualty at 04:13. Once the anchor had been recovered a light towline was passed at 04:27 and course was set for Newhaven. The casualty was placed on a berth in the marina at 04:55 and the lifeboat was back alongside our berth at 05:00.
15/03/09 14:51 Clear sky, good vis SW f 3 Smooth 15/03/09 16:55 Power boat with suspected fire in the engine space
The lifeboat lay alongside the fuel berth as the casualty was assessed by the Fire and Rescue Service
7. Our LOM was paged at 14:46 by Solent CG and informed that a 23ft vessel with 3 PoB 2NM south east of Newhaven had reported possible fire in the engine space and required assistance. The crew were paged at 14:48 and the lifeboat left the side at 14:51. Arriving on scene at 15:04 the 3 persons were taken onboard the lifeboat whilst the situation was assessed. With no smoke visible it was decided to attach a towline and tow the vessel to Newhaven where it was handed into the care of East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service alongside the lifeboat berth at 16:00. Once it was established the the vessel was safe it was towed down to a berth in the marina at 16:25. The lifeboat was back alongside at 16:33.
14/03/09 13:58 Clear sky, good vis WSW f 4 Calm 14/03/09 14:40 Yacht with engine failure unable to clear the swing bridge
The lifeboat had to be manouvered stern first into where the casualty was being  held alongside the timberwork of the bridge
6. Our mechanic was informed by Newhaven Port Control that a 29ft yacht that had just gone through the swing bridge had suffered engine failure just south of the bridge timbers and would be in danger when the tide turned. Solent CG and our LOM were informed and the crew were paged at 13:48. The lifeboat left the side at 13:58 and was on scene with the casualty at 14:02. Our tow was passed at 14:06 and the vessel was towed clear of the bridge and taken down to the visitors berth at the marina. The lifeboat returned to station at 14:30.
16/02/09 N/A Part cloudy, good vis NW f 3 Smooth N/A N/A Person in danger of being cut off by the tide
5. Solent CG paged the crew at 12:14 following a report of a person just west of Hope Gap who may be in danger of being cut off by the tide. Newhaven CG and Police Helo H900 were on scene and we were requested to bring the boat to readiness for launch and stand by for further information. We were stood down at 12:58 as the person had reached the steps at Hope Gap and was in the care of Newhaven CG and Sussex Police.
14/02/09 12:38 Part cloudy, good vis NNE f 2 Smooth 14/02/09 14:20 Persons cut off by the tide under cliffs
4. Our LOM was paged at 12:30 by Solent CG to request that we launch to the assistance of 2 persons reported cut off by a flood tide on a small area of beach under the fourth of the Seven Sisters. The crew were paged at 12:33 and the lifeboat left the side at 12:38. Police Helo H900 and Birling Gap CG were on scene keeping the casualties under observation. The lifeboat arrived on scene at 12:55 and the Y boat was launched with 2 PoB at 13:00. The Y boat was ashore with the casualties at 13:02 and they were taken out to the ALB. Both boats then proceeded to Birling Gap where the casualties had set off from. They were taken ashore by Y boat and landed into the care of Birling Gap CG at 13:17. The Y boat was recovered at 13:24 and the lifeboat returned to station arriving back alongside at 13:55.
01/02/09 09:35 Overcast, good vis ENE f 6 Moderate 01/02/09 11:30 Fishing vessel with machinery failure
3. Shortly before we were due to leave on Sunday morning exercise Solent CG telephoned our boathouse at 09:31 to report an 8.5m fishing vessel with 2 PoB at anchor 1NM south of the Portobello buoy which had reported engine failure and required assistance. Our LOM was informed and the crew were paged at 09:32. The lifeboat left the side at 09:35 arriving on scene with the casualty at 09:50. The vessel recovered their anchor and our tow was passed at 09:55 before making for Newhaven. The casualty was placed alongside the visitor's berth in Newhaven marina into the care of Newhaven CG at 10:45. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 10:51.
19/01/09 09:30 Rain, good vis WSW f 9 Rough - 3.5 to 4.0m 19/01/09 14:00 Merchant ship listing in heavy weather with shifted cargo
This merchant ship suffered a shifted cargo in heavy weather 15NM SW of Newhaven  The entire forward section together with most of the middle section of cargo had gone overboard - the after section can be seen straining against the securing straps   We sent mobile phone pictures to Solent CG to expand on our verbal report of the ship's condition  We escorted the ship as she headed towards the lee of the Isle of Wight  chart
2. Solent CG paged our LOM at 09:24 to report that Dover CG had received a VHF call from the Russian merchant ship MV "Sinegorsk". The 133m, 7000 ton ship with 25 PoB was approximately 14NM SW of Newhaven and it's cargo of timber had shifted on deck causing a 15 - 20 degree list to port. Solent CG requested that we stand by the vessel so the crew were paged at 09:26 and the lifeboat left the side at 09:30.  The ship was making 4 knots to the west and best speed was made in the heavy weather conditions (wind 41 - 47 knots, seas 3.5 to 4m) on a course to intercept the casualty. We arrived on scene at 10:26 to find approximately half the deck cargo had been washed overboard and the vessel's list had been reduced to 5 - 10 degrees. The lifeboat sent photos via mobile telephone to Solent CG to expand the verbal reports we gave of the casualty's condition. We then escorted the vessel west towards the lee of the Isle of Wight. After some time Solent CG had a long conversation through an interpreter with the casualty's captain who was happy with the stability of his vessel and felt there was no longer any risk to his ship or crew. Solent CG and our Coxswain agreed and so at 11:32 when we were approximately 15NM SSW of Worthing we were stood down to return to station. Running home at cruising speed the lifeboat was back alongside our berth at 12:50.
09/01/09 10:30 Clear sky, fair vis N f 2 Calm 09/01/09 12:00 Motor vessel with engine failure
The tow has already been shortened to enter the harbour and here the casualty is just about to be pulled up alongside
1. Our LOM was informed at 10:19 by Solent CG that a 26ft Sports Fisher with 3 PoB had suffered engine failure due to a burst oil pipe 3NM south of Cuckmere Haven and required assistance. The crew were paged at 10:23 and the lifeboat left the side at 10:30 arriving on scene with the casualty at 10:45. Our tow line with a bridle rigged was passed at 10:47 and the vessel was towed towards Newhaven at 6.5 knots. The casualty was placed alongside in Newhaven marina into the care of Newhaven CG at 11:45 and the lifeboat returned to station at 11:47.
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)