2010 Callouts

Date of launch

Time of launch

Weather

Wind

Sea state at
casualty or search area

Date returned

Time refuelled & RFS

Casualty

29/12/10 N/A                           N/A N/A Person trying to jump from cliff
57. Solent CG paged our LOM at 17:31 to request that we launch as a person was reported to be attempting to jump from the cliff at Seaford Head. The crew were paged at 17:33 but the launch was cancelled by pager at 17:34 as the person had been detained.
06/12/10 17:15 Frosty, good vis N f 4 Slight 06/12/10 20:15 Recovery of body fallen from cliff
56. Our LOM was paged by Solent CG at 17:06 to request that we launch to assist Sussex Police and Birling Gap CG to recover a body from the base of the cliff at Crowlink, Seven Sisters. The crew were paged at 17:11 and the lifeboat launched at 17:15 arriving on scene at 17:40. The Y boat was launched at 17:46 with 2 PoB and was ashore at 17:50. Owing to the size and condition of the casualty it took sometime to prepare and carry it back over the rocks to the position of the Y boat. During the recovery the ALB maintained position in 2m of water to illuminate the scene by searchlights and parachute flares. The body was taken on board the Y boat and transferred to the ALB at 18:40. The Y boat was then recovered and the lifeboat returned to station at 18:50 arriving back alongside at 19:22. The casualty was handed into the care of the Coroners Officer at 19:30 and the lifeboat was ready for service at 20:15. A difficult service for the Y boat crew and shore party who did very well under trying conditions.
28/11/10 08:46 Overcast, good vis NNE f 4 Slight 28/11/10 10:20 Angling vessel with machinery failure
The casualty under tow to Newhaven
   The vessel was berthed in the marina into the care of Newhaven CG
55. Solent CG paged our LOM at 08:31 to request that we launch to assist a 20ft vessel with 2 PoB at anchor 5 NM south of Seaford Head that were unable to start the engine. The crew were paged at 08:34 and the lifeboat left the side at 08:46. We arrived on scene at 09:03 and once the anchor had been recovered we passed our tow at 09:09 and commenced a tow towards Newhaven at 10 knots. At 09:55 inside the harbour the vessel was taken alongside the lifeboat before being berthed in the marina into the care of Newhaven CG at 10:14. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 10:16.
24/11/10 15:36 Part cloudy, good vis NW f 3 Slight 24/11/10 17:25 Angling vessel with machinery failure
54. Our LOM was paged by Solent CG at 15:28 to request that we launch to a 23ft vessel with 1 PoB 2 NM south of Seaford Head that had reported via a "Pan Pan" call that the gearbox had failed. The crew were paged at 15:30 and the lifeboat left the side at 15:36 arriving on scene at 15:55 to find the vessel at anchor. Once the anchor had been recovered our tow was passed at 15:57 and the casualty was towed towards Newhaven at 7 knots. Inside the harbour the vessel was brought up alongside the lifeboat and placed on a berth in the marina into the care of Newhaven CG at 16:50. The lifeboat returned to our berth and was back alongside at 16:51.
30/10/10 12:40 Part cloudy, good vis SSW f 7 Moderate 30/10/10 14:40 Yacht being driven ashore
The casualty had been driven ashore
   The lifeboat was taken into the surfline to pass our tow    Newhaven CG boarded the vessel to help secure our towline   A member of Newhaven CG remained on board after our towline was secured
53. A 36ft yacht with 4 PoB had departed Brighton marina bound for Newhaven under sail. When 0.5 NM south of Newhaven the sails were lowered but the engine failed to start. The wind and tide drove them rapidly north east close in towards Seaford beach and the skipper put out a "Pan Pan" call which was initially responded to by Dover CG before handing over to Solent CG. Our LOM was paged at 12:34 to request that we launch and the crew were paged at 12:35. The lifeboat left the side at 12:40 and arrived on scene at 12:48 to find the vessel ashore . The lifeboat was manoeuvred with the bow as close as possible to the beach to enable our towline to be passed. This was accomplished with the assistance of Newhaven CG who put one of their team aboard. The casualty's anchor was cut away as it proved impossible to recover it and using the surf and incoming tide the lifeboat was able to tow the vessel off the beach at 13:10. The vessel was towed into deeper water and the tow transferred aft as checks were made aboard to check there was no ingress of water. The vessel was then towed to Newhaven where it was brought alongside the lifeboat before being placed on a berth in the marina into the care of Newhaven CG at 13:45. The lifeboat was back alongside our mooring at 13:57.
28/09/10 17:12 Part cloudy, good vis W f 2 Smooth 28/09/10 18:30 Recovery of a dog fallen from the cliff
52. Our Mechanic heard a VHF conversation from Newhaven CG cliff team who were attempting to recover the body of a dog which had fallen from the cliff at Seaford Head. They were unable to do so as the body was in the water and the owners were in a great deal of distress. We therefore contacted Solent CG and offered our assistance which was accepted. The crew were paged at 17:06 and the lifeboat left the side at 17:12 arriving on scene at 17:28. The Y boat was launched at 17:30 with 2 PoB and following directions from Newhaven CG the dog was located and recovered at 17:37. The Y boat and crew were recovered and the lifeboat left the scene at 17:41 arriving back alongside at 17:57 where the dog was handed back into the care of its owners.
25/09/10 15:45 Clear sky, good vis NW f 6 Moderate 25/09/10 17:30 Yacht with machinery failure
51. Our DLA was paged at 15:36 by Solent CG to request that we launch to assist a 30ft yacht with 1 PoB somewhere between Newhaven and Beachy Head. The only means of communication was by mobile telephone and the casualty was unable to accurately fix his position as his chart had been blown overboard. He was unable to sail the vessel effectively single handed in the strengthening wind and the engine had failed. The crew were paged at 15:38 and the lifeboat launched at 15:45. The casualty was located 3 NM south east of Newhaven at 16:02 and having established the occupant was OK he was asked to furl his foresail ready to receive our towline. A tow to Newhaven commenced at 16:10 and the yacht was put alongside a berth in the marina at 17:06 into the care of Newhaven CG. The lifeboat was back alongside at 17:14.
25/09/10 12:20 Clear sky, good vis NW f 5 Slight 25/09/10 13:00 Possible unidentified distress signal
50. Solent CG paged our DLA at 12:11 to request that the lifeboat launch to try to locate the source of an open transmission, or "carrier", on VHF channel 16 which it was thought may have been an attempted distress call. Solent CG had used their VHF direction finding (DF) equipment mounted on the cliffs to identify that the source was south of that position. The crew were paged at 12:12 and the lifeboat left the side at 12:20. As we proceeded down the harbour our DF equipment showed the source to be ashore in the vicinity of Newhaven Fort. Having passed this information to Solent CG they sent Newhaven CG mobile to investigate while we headed further offshore to check the direction of the source was constant. We lost the carrier when we were approximately 0.75 NM south of the harbour. Newhaven CG had contacted the Fort and the carrier was identified as coming from aerials connected with the waverider buoy in Seaford Bay. The lifeboat was stood down and returned to station arriving back on our berth at 13:00.
18/09/10 15:10 Part cloudy, good vis WNW f 3 Slight 18/09/10 16:15 Fishing vessel with machinery failure
49. Our DLA was paged at 15:07 by Solent CG to request that we launch to a 20ft open fishing boat with 1 PoB which had suffered main engine failure. The auxiliary engine was not able to cope with the swell and the vessel was drifting ashore under Seaford Head. The crew were paged at 15:09 and the lifeboat left the side at 15:10 arriving on scene off Splash Point at 15:16. The casualty was then under tow from the vessel "Belle". We offered to take over the tow and the casualty was brought alongside to recover the occupant onto the lifeboat and place one of our crew aboard with a portable VHF radio. Our towline was passed and the tow to Newhaven commenced at 15:20 at 8 knots. Inside the harbour the casualty was brought alongside the lifeboat again before being placed on a berth in the marina into the care of Newhaven CG at 16:00. The lifeboat was back alongside our berth at 16:05.
12/09/10 16:45 Clear sky, very good vis NW f 2 Slight 12/09/10 16:42 Power boat with machinery failure
48. Solent CG paged our DLA at 16:40 to request that we launch to assist a 23ft vessel with 2 PoB 3 NM SE of Newhaven which had suffered engine failure due to overheating. The crew were paged at 16:42 and the lifeboat left the side at 16:45 arriving on scene at 17:03. Due to poor communications with the vessel the lifeboat's portable VHF radio was passed over. The tow to Newhaven started at 17:08 at 7 knots. Inside the harbour the vessel was brought alongside the lifeboat and then placed alongside the visitors berth in the marina into the care of Newhaven CG at 17:50. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 17:52.
12/09/10 14:55 Clear sky, very good vis NW f 4 Slight 12/09/10 16:10 Speedboat with machinery failure
47. Our DLA was paged by Solent CG at 14:50 to request that we launch to a 20ft speedboat which had engine failure and was at anchor 1NM SW of Splash Point. There were 3 PoB and they had sent a Pan Pan call on VHF channel 16 requesting assistance. The crew were paged at 14:53 and the lifeboat left the side at 14:55 arriving on scene at 15:08. The casualty was asked to recover their anchor and our towline was passed. The tow to Newhaven commenced at 15:11 at 7 knots. Inside the harbour the vessel was brought up alongside the lifeboat and then berthed on a pontoon at the base of the marina slipway into the care of Newhaven CG at 15:43. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 15:44.
05/09/10 11:25 Overcast, good vis ESE f 4 Slight 05/09/10 12:15 Fishing vessel with snagged gear
46. After leaving our berth at 10:20 for an exercise in Seaford Bay at 11:20 we received a call on VHF channel 16 from a 30ft fishing vessel with 2 PoB reporting that the line from their fishing gear anchor may have gone around the propeller shaft. They intended to try to free the line but owing to the ESE breeze and their proximity to the shore they requested that we stand by them. The information was passed to our LOM and Solent CG and we arrived on scene 0.5 NM SSW of Splash Point at 11:30. The skipper had cleared the gear and confirmed all was well on board. The lifeboat resumed our exercise at 11:35 and was back alongside our berth at 12:00.
28/08/10 18:28 Overcast, good vis W f 5 Moderate - 2m swell 28/08/10 23:30 Sailing vessel with steering failure
45. Our LOM was paged by Solent CG at 18:15 to request that we launch following a Mayday call received from an 8m motor sailer with 2 PoB 25NM south west of Beachy Head that had lost steering in the shipping lanes. The vessel was making way slowly under a reefed mainsail and required immediate assistance. The crew were paged at 18:19 and the lifeboat left the side at 18:28. Best speed was made and the lifeboat arrived on scene at 19:32. As the 2 persons on the vessel were 75 years old and one was disabled our Second Coxswain was put aboard to assist. Our drogue line was passed from the bow of the lifeboat to the casualty's stern and streamed and the towline was passed at 19:38. The tow was started at 19:41 at a speed of 6-7 knots towards Newhaven. Our arrival at the breakwater end coincided with that of the car ferry so we slowed and shortened the tow and entered the harbour at 22:42. Inside the harbour the vessel was brought alongside and placed on the fuel berth into the care of Newhaven CG at 23:04 and the lifeboat was back alongside at 23:06.
10/08/10 10:10 Part cloudy, good vis N f 4 Smooth 10/08/10 13:30 Cabin cruiser with machinery failure
44. Having left the side at 10:00 on exercise we were passed a report from the fishing vessel "Yellow Fin" that a 6m cabin cruiser with 1 PoB had engine failure resulting from losing oil and required assistance just off the harbour entrance. Solent CG and our LOM were informed and the lifeboat headed for the casualty arriving on scene at 10:20. 1 crew member was put aboard to recover the anchor and the tow was passed at 10:23. The vessel was towed to Newhaven marina where it was placed on a berth at 10:45 before the lifeboat resumed our exercise at 10:50.
01/08/10 17:05 Overcast, very good vis SW f 5 Moderate 01/08/10 18:00 Divers reported to be in trouble
43. Solent CG paged our LOM at 17:01 to request that we launch to 5 divers thought to require assistance close to the west side of Newhaven breakwater. The crew were paged at 17:03 and the lifeboat left the side at 17:05 arriving on scene at the back of the breakwater at 17:11. 2 divers were sighted very close to the breakwater wall and the lifeboat was taken close and a heaving line thrown to pull them alongside. 1 crewman entered the water to assist them and they were recovered via the scrambling net. The remaining 3 divers were sighted some 20m from the wall and again the lifeboat went alongside and they were recovered up the scrambling net with assistance from a crew member in the water. All persons were recovered aboard by 17:19 and the lifeboat returned to station arriving back on our berth at 17:27 when the divers were landed into the care of Newhaven CG.
31/07/10 N/A Part cloudy, good vis WSW f 5 Moderate 31/07/10 N/A Dinghy reported to be in trouble
42. Our LOM was paged at 18:35 following a report from ashore that 2 persons in an inflatable dinghy may require assistance due to the sea conditions in Seaford Bay. The crew were paged at 18:36 but as the crew were mustering a cancel launch page was received as Newhaven CG reported from the scene that the dinghy and 2 persons were safely ashore and so the crew were stood down.
30/07/10 12:34 Clear sky, good vis WSW f 4 Slight 30/07/10 14:00 Persons cut off by the tide
41. Our LOM was paged by Solent CG at 12:26 following a report from a Ranger at Birling Gap that 2 persons walking along the beach at the base of the cliffs from east to west had neither returned nor been seen at Cuckmere Haven. Birling Gap CG cliff team were on scene. The crew were paged at 12:30 and the lifeboat left the side at 12:34 arriving on scene at Cuckmere Haven at 12:45. The Y boat was launched with 2 PoB to search along the shore to the east while the ALB was to search further offshore. At 12:47 2 persons were sighted cut off by the tide under the third sister from the west and at 12:52 the Y boat was with the casualties. They were taken aboard the Y boat and transferred to the ALB before a short search was carried out by the Y boat for their missing rucksack but nothing was found. The Y boat was recovered at 13:25 and the lifeboat returned to station arriving back on our berth at 13:40 when the casualties were handed into the care of Newhaven CG.
27/07/10 18:37 Overcast, good vis WSW f 5 Moderate 27/07/10 19:50 Sailing vessel with machinery failure
40. Solent CG paged our LOM at 18:27 to request that we launch to a 32ft sloop with 2 PoB which had engine failure off Peacehaven and required assistance to enter Newhaven harbour. The crew were paged at 18:32 and the lifeboat left the side at 18:37 arriving on scene with the casualty at 18:45. Our tow was passed at 18:50 and the vessel was towed to Newhaven at 6 knots. Inside the harbour the vessel was brought up alongside the lifeboat before it was put on a berth in the marina into the care of Newhaven CG at 19:23. The lifeboat was back alongside at 19:25.
25/07/10 13:56 Clear sky, good vis W f 5 Slight to moderate 25/07/10 14:30 Motor vessel with machinery failure
39. Our LOM was paged at 13:50 by Solent CG to request that we launch to a 6.5m cabin cruiser with 3 PoB that were unable to start the engine and the vessel was being swept towards the end of the breakwater. The crew were paged at 13:52 and the lifeboat left the side at 13:56. We arrived on scene at 13:01 to find the casualty had managed to get underway and was in company with the sailing vessel "Midnight Sun" which had offered assistance. The lifeboat escorted the casualty to a berth in the marina where they were met by Newhaven CG at 14:15. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 14:17.
24/07/10 18:39 Part cloudy, good vis W f 6 Moderate 24/07/10 19:40 Sailing vessel with fuel problems
38. Solent CG paged our LOM at 18:28 to request that we launch to a 30ft ketch with 2 PoB who had broadcast a Pan Pan call by VHF asking for assistance as they were close inshore off Peacehaven with engine failure and unable to sail. The crew were paged at 18:31 and the lifeboat left the side at 18:39 arriving on scene at 18:47. Having established the 2 persons were OK our tow was passed at 18:50 and the vessel was towed towards Newhaven at 7 knots. The vessel was brought up alongside the lifeboat once in the harbour and was placed on the fuel berth into the care of Newhaven CG at 19:25. The lifeboat was back alongside our berth at 19:26.
18/07/10 20:52 Part cloudy, very good vis WSW f 3 Smooth 19/07/10 02:50 Abandoned vessel in shipping lane
37. Our DLA was informed by Solent CG at 20:41 that an 18ft fishing vessel which had broken adrift from Cherbourg 3 days earlier with no persons aboard had been reported in the shipping lane near the CS1 buoy some 15NM from Newhaven. We were requested to launch to recover the vessel which was a hazard to shipping and prompting numerous possible distress reports. The crew were paged at 20:43 and the lifeboat left the side at 20:52 arriving on scene at 21:33. A towline was attached and as a merchant vessel was bearing down on our position the casualty was towed clear of the shipping lane but it was very unstable. When we reached the separation zone we tried towing the vessel with the casualty drogue streamed and with a bridle rigged but it continued to broach and capsize. With no alternative the casualty was brought alongside and tied tightly in that position to prevent sinking and a slow tow was made towards Newhaven. We arrived back at our mooring at 02:10 and the casualty vessel was made fast on our pontoon before the lifeboat was put alongside at 02:20.
15/07/10 N/A Overcast, good vis SW f 5 Moderate 15/07/10 N/A Windsurfer reported to be in trouble
36. Solent CG paged our DLA at 18:43 to request that we launch to a windsurfer reported to require assistance in Seaford Bay. The crew were paged at 18:37 but as the crew were mustering the cancel launch page was received at 18:40 as the windsurfer was then safely ashore so the crew were stood down.
11/07/10 23:02 Precipitation in sight, good vis WSW f 2 Slight 12/07/10 02:20 Report of body at foot of cliffs
35. Our DLA was paged by Solent CG at 22:48 to request that we assist in a search for a body reported by Sussex Police Helo H900 100m east of Birling Gap steps. Sussex Police and Birling Gap CG units were on scene. The crew were paged at 22:50 and the lifeboat left the side at 23:02 arriving on scene at 23:23. The Y boat was launched at 23:28 with 2 PoB to search along the surf line while the ALB carried out a search from the 2m depth contour from Birling Gap steps to 0.5NM west of Beachy Head lighthouse. 8 parachute illumination flares were fired and searchlights and night vision sights were used but nothing was found. Birling Gap CG asked for Helo H900 to return to the scene to assist with the search but the request was refused. HMCG Helo 104 was then requested and arrived on scene at 01:08 and carried out a search of the area as we continued to search below. Nothing was found and all units were stood down at 01:38. The Y boat was recovered and the lifeboat returned to station at 01:40 and was back alongside our berth at 02:10.
10/07/10 17:10 Haze, fair vis SSW f 2 Calm 10/07/10 18:45 Person in inflatable overdue
34. Our LOM was paged by Solent CG at 16:58 to request that we search for a 10ft inflatable with 1 PoB which had left Steyning Avenue, Peacehaven bound for Rottingdean and was reported to be 3 hours overdue. The crew were paged at 17:02 and the lifeboat left the side at 17:10 and arrived on scene at 17:20. The Y boat was launched with 2 PoB to conduct a search along the surf line while the ALB carried out a search along the 2m depth contour. At the completion of our initial search as far as Rottingdean we were informed that the casualty had been found safe and well at home so we were stood down. The Y boat was recovered at 18:03 and the lifeboat left the scene at 18:06 arriving back on our berth at 18:27.
10/07/10 10:53 Part cloudy , good vis W f 4 Slight 10/07/10 13:00 Cabin cruiser with machinery failure
33. Solent CG paged our LOM at 10:43 to request that we launch to assist a 17ft vessel, with 2 persons and 2 dogs aboard, with engine failure just west of Newhaven breakwater. We were also asked to investigate a small inflatable with 2 persons very close to the rock armour on the west side of the breakwater. The crew were paged at 10:45 and the lifeboat left the side at 10:53 arriving on scene with the inflatable at 11:00. The dinghy had been pulled up onto the rocks and 1 adult and 1 child were fishing and no assistance was required. The other vessel was found just west of Burrow Head and our Second Coxswain was put aboard to assist with the tow which was passed at 11:23. Our tow to Newhaven was delayed as the car ferry was due to leave harbour. The vessel was placed alongside our ILB berth at 12:34 when the lifeboat was also back on our mooring.
09/07/10 20:29 Part cloudy, good vis W f 5  High surf - 1.5m swell 09/07/10 21:40 Persons cut off by the tide
32. Our LOM was paged at 20:13 to request that we launch to 2 females who had called 999 and reported that they were cut off by the tide under the cliffs near Saltdean. The crew were paged at 20:15 and the lifeboat left the side at 20:29 arriving on scene at 20:35. The Y boat was launched at 20:40 with 2 PoB and searched along the surf line as the ALB searched further offshore. The casualties were spotted on a cliff fall just west of the Portobello outfall and the Y boat anchored and veered in through the surf on to the rocks. The 2 girls were taken aboard the Y boat and taken back out through the surf to the ALB. The Y boat was recovered at 21:10 and the lifeboat returned to station. One of the girls had hurt her wrist when she had fallen on the rocks so an ambulance was requested to meet us on arrival. The lifeboat was back alongside at 21:37 when the casualties were handed into the care of Newhaven CG and Sussex Ambulance.
04/07/10 14:50 Part cloudy, good vis SSW f 6  Moderate 04/07/10 16:30  Report of inflatable thought to be in trouble
31. Having just completed an SAR display in Seaford Bay with CG Helo 104 we were requested by Solent CG at 14:50 to attend a small dinghy with 2 PoB 100m off the undercliff walk at Peacehaven thought by a member of the public to be in danger. The lifeboat proceeded at full speed and was on scene at 15:00 to find 2 adult males on board near the surfline. A heaving line was thrown which was initially caught but then let go as the persons insisted they did not require assistance. Due to the wind and surf we advised them to make their way back to shore which they did as we stood by until they were met by Newhaven CG. Before we left the area we advised a 30ft sailing vessel close inshore in approximately 2.5m of water to head out to gain more sea room. The lifeboat left the scene at 15:20 and was back alongside our berth at 16:00.
03/07/10 14:15 Cloudy, good vis W f 4  Slight 03/07/10 15:52  Recovery of body from base of cliffs
30. During our Open Day our LOM was paged at 14:08 by Solent CG to request that we launch to a person reported to have fallen from the second of the Seven Sisters west of Birling Gap. Sussex Police and Birling Gap CG were on scene but due to the incoming tide it was thought better to recover the body by sea. The lifeboat left the side at 14:15 and was on scene at 14:30. The Y boat was launched at 14:37 with 3 PoB and went ashore to where 2 police officers were with the body. The body was recovered and put aboard the lifeboat at 15:00 before the Y boat returned to shore to pick up the remaining crew and police officer. All person and the Y boat were recovered at 15:06 and the lifeboat left the scene at 15:08. The lifeboat went alongside the pilot berth to land the body into the care of Newhaven CG and Sussex Police at 15:35. The lifeboat returned to our berth at 15:38 and was refuelled and washed down at 15:52 to resume showing members of the public aboard.
30/06/10 16:10 Mist, good vis SW f 4  Slight 30/06/10 17:30  Power boat with overheated stern bearing
29. Our LOM was paged by Solent CG at 15:58 to request that we launch to a 19ft cabin cruiser 200 metres off Cuckmere Haven. There were 2 PoB who made a 999 call to report that they had an overheated stern bearing and hence no power and required assistance. The crew were paged at 16:01 and the lifeboat left the side at 16:10 arriving on scene at 16:23. The 2 persons were taken aboard the lifeboat and 1 crew member placed aboard to confirm there was no fire. Our tow was connected at 16:25 and the vessel was towed to Newhaven at 8.5 knots. The casualty was placed alongside the marina slipway into the care of Newhaven CG at 17:05 and the lifeboat was back on our berth at 17:08.
27/06/10 10:40 Clear sky, fair vis W f 3 Smooth 27/06/10 12:30 Jet-ski with machinery failure
28. At 10:40 during our Sunday morning exercise we were informed by Solent CG that a 999 call had been received from a person on a jet-ski off Splash Point requiring assistance due to engine failure. We arrived on scene at 10:47 and connected a tow line commencing the tow towards Newhaven at 10:55. The casualty was placed alongside the marina slipway into the care of Newhaven CG at 11:20. The lifeboat continued with the exercise before returning to station arriving back alongside at 12:15.
25/06/10 12:15 Clear sky, very good vis W f 2 Calm 25/06/10 14:20 Recovery of body from base of cliffs
27. Solent CG paged our LOM at 11:25 to request that we be prepared to assist in the search for a possible body in the vicinity of Seaford Head reported by a kayaker approximately 0.25NM east of Splash Point. Newhaven CG mobile and Sussex Police units were on scene but were not able to locate the casualty from ashore. At 12:05 we were requested to launch and the crew were paged. The lifeboat left the side at 12:15 and arrived on scene at 12:25 when the Y boat was launched with 2 PoB. The Y boat carried out a shoreline search while the ALB searched further off but the body was not located. As the first informant was still with the CG team at Splash Point it was suggested he be picked up by the Y boat crew to show the location. He was collected by the Y boat at 13:20 and took the crew to the position of the body and he was then transferred to the ALB. The body was then recovered by the Y boat crew and transferred to the ALB. The Y boat was recovered and the lifeboat returned to station at 13:35 arriving back alongside at 14:05 when the body was handed into the care of the Coroner.
19/06/10 16:21 Cloudy, fair vis NE f 5 Calm 19/06/10 18:20 Vessel with machinery failure in the river
The casualty was strapped alongside the Y boat to make handling easier
26. Our LOM was paged at 16:04 by Solent CG to request that our Y boat be launched to assist a 15ft cabin cruiser with 5 PoB having suffered engine failure in the river near Southease bridge. The crew were paged at 16:06 and the lifeboat left the side at 16:21 when the Y boat was launched with 2 PoB. As the Y boat proceeded up river the ALB returned to our berth and Newhaven CG mobile was tasked to help locate the casualty. The Y boat was on scene with the vessel at 16:42 and having checked all were well on board a tow towards Newhaven was started at 16:50. The vessel was towed to the marina where it was handed into the care of Newhaven CG at 18:00. The Y boat was then recovered and the lifeboat was back alongside at 18:10.
19/06/10 11:13 Cloudy, good vis NNW f 4 Slight 19/06/10 11:45 Dive boat taking in water
25. Solent CG paged our LOM at 11:05 to request that we launch to assist a 7.5m dive boat that was taking in water approximately 3NM south of Newhaven. The crew were paged at 11:07 and the lifeboat left the side at 11:13. The lifeboat proceeded at speed and the salvage pump was made ready as we left the harbour. We rendezvoused with the casualty just over 1NM south of the harbour and as they were making good progress and the water ingress from a failed self-bailer had ceased while under way we maintained a close escort as they entered the harbour. The casualty made its own way to the marina slipway at 11:30 where it was recovered. The lifeboat was back alongside at 11:40.
16/06/10 N/A Clear sky, good vis NE f 5 Calm 16/06/10 N/A Sailing dinghy capsized
24. Our LOM was paged at 20:01 with a request that we launch to a reported dinghy capsized in Seaford Bay with no sign of occupants. The crew were paged at 20:04 but by the time they had assembled a further report had been received that the casualty had been recovered by the local sailing club's rescue boat. The lifeboat was therefore stood down at 20:10.
10/06/10 23:10 Squally, good vis NE f 7 Slight 10/06/10 00:05 Sailing vessel thought to be unmanned
23. Solent CG paged our DLA at 22:56 to request that we launch to a 32ft sailing vessel which was reported to be at anchor 1.5 cables off Seaford beach and was possibly unmanned. The crew were paged at 22:58 and the lifeboat left the marina berth at 23:10 arriving on scene at 23:17. The vessel was found to be at anchor and displaying the correct navigational signals. We were unable to attract attention from anyone aboard using the searchlights, loud hailer or horn. The Second Coxswain was put onto the vessel at 23:24 and found 2 persons asleep and all was well aboard. The Second Coxswain was therefore recovered and the lifeboat returned to station at 23:32 and was back alongside at 23:44.
05/06/10 16:53 Clear sky, good vis SE f 4 Slight 05/06/10 18:00 Powerboat with machinery failure
22. Our LOM was paged by Solent CG at 16:42 to request that we launch to a 15ft speedboat with 3 PoB having suffered engine failure 0.5NM south of Saltdean. The crew were paged at 16:45 and the lifeboat left the marina berth at 16:53 arriving on scene at 17:11. The 3 persons were taken onto the lifeboat and 1 crew member was put aboard the casualty vessel. Our tow was connected at 17:15 and the vessel was towed to Newhaven at 10 knots. At 17:51 the casualty was placed alongside the marina slipway into the care of Newhaven CG and the lifeboat was back alongside in the marina at 17:58.
02/06/10 17:52 Clear sky, good vis SSE f 3 Smooth 02/06/10 18:45 Report of person possibly in trouble in the sea
21. Solent CG paged our LOM at 17:45 to request that we launch to a swimmer thought to be in trouble and unable to reach the shore off Birling Gap steps. The crew were paged at 17:47 and the lifeboat left the side at 17:52. The Y boat was made ready under way and the lifeboat arrived on scene at 18:10 at which time Birling Gap CG informed us that the swimmer was safe and well ashore having been assisted by the passing vessel "Lanovette". The lifeboat was stood down and left the scene at 18:11 arriving back alongside at 18:32.
30/05/10 13:26 Clear sky, good vis WSW f 5 Moderate with heavy swell 30/05/10 14:40 Person cut off by the tide
20. Our LOM was informed by Solent CG at 13:19 that a person and a dog had been reported cut off by the tide at Crow Link, Seven Sisters. The crew were at the boathouse after an exercise and left to man the boat at 13:20 and the lifeboat launched from the marina berth at 13:26. On scene at 13:41 there was a heavy swell and the surf at the base of the cliff was deemed too much to land the Y boat. The Y boat was launched with 3 PoB at 13:47 and approached the casualty and informed him by loud hailer that high tide had passed and the water was now receding and there would only be a short wait before he could walk back to safety. The Y boat and crew were recovered at 13:58 and the lifeboat stood by as the man and dog reached safety. The lifeboat left the scene at 14:00 and was back alongside at 14:30.
27/05/10 21:50 Part cloudy, good vis W f 5 Slight 28/05/10 01:30 Report of person in trouble in the sea
19. Whilst on an exercise approximately 4NM south east of Newhaven we were tasked at 21:50 by Solent CG to assist in the search for a possible missing person and dog under the cliffs at Peacehaven Heights. We arrived on scene at 22:00 and the Y boat was launched with 2 PoB to conduct a search close inshore from the Peacehaven steps to Newhaven breakwater. Newhaven CG and Sussex Police were on scene conducting searches on the undercliff promenade, the west beach at Newhaven and along the cliff top. The ALB carried out a shoreline search approximately 3 cables from the shore also providing illumination for the Y boat by searchlight and parachute flares. The night vision scope was used to assist with the search. CG Rescue Helo 104 arrived on scene at approximately 22:45 and carried out a FLIR and visual search of the cliff, shore and sea. At 00:15 with nothing found all search units were stood down and the Y boat was recovered and the lifeboat returned to station for refuelling at 00:20.
23/05/10 11:42 Clear sky, good vis ESE f 3 Slight 23/05/10 13:15 Powerboat with machinery failure
18. Whilst dealing with the previous incident we were tasked at 11:40 by Solent CG to assist a 15ft speedboat with 4 PoB with engine failure in Seaford Bay that was unable to anchor. The lifeboat was on scene at 11:48 and our towline was passed at 11:52. The vessel was towed into Newhaven where it was put alongside in the marina into the care of Newhaven CG at 12:15. The Y boat was recovered and the lifeboat was back alongside in the marina at 12:45.
23/05/10 11:26 Clear sky, good vis ESE f 3 Smooth 23/05/10 13:15 Jet-ski with machinery failure
17. During an exercise while we were alongside the jack-up barge "Nordic Giant" Solent CG requested that we assist a broken down jet-ski with 1 PoB in the entrance to Newhaven Harbour. We proceeded at 11:26 arriving on scene at 11:34 and a tow was connected. At 11:40 Solent CG requested that we proceed to assist a speedboat with 3 PoB with engine failure in Seaford Bay. The tow of the jet-ski was handed over to the Y boat which was already afloat as part of the exercise and it towed the casualty to the marina slipway where it was landed at 11:50.
22/05/10 18:47 Clear sky, good vis ENE f 2 Slight 22/05/10 19:56 Person cut off by the tide
The casualty being landed onto the beach at Birling Gap
16. Our DLA was paged by Solent CG at 18:38 to request that we launch to a person reported missing between Birling Gap steps and Beachy Head possibly cut off by the tide. The crew were paged at 18:40 and the lifeboat left the marina berth at 18:47 arriving on scene at 19:05. Eastbourne ILB was also tasked to search from the east. The Y boat was launched at 19:10 with 2 PoB and a search was made to the east from Birling Gap. Shortly afterwards a man was found just east of Belle Toute cut off by the tide and he was taken aboard the Y boat and transferred to the ALB at 19:20. Both boats then proceeded to Birling Gap where the casualty was taken back aboard the Y boat and put ashore into the care of Birling Gap CG at 19:25. The Y boat was recovered and the lifeboat returned to Newhaven and was back alongside in the marina at 19.53.
19/05/10 09:55 Clear sky, fair vis SE f 1 Calm 19/05/10 11:30 Becalmed sailing vessel with machinery failure
15. Our LOM was paged by Solent CG at 09:42 to request that we launch to assist a 40ft sailing vessel with 2 PoB reported 7NM SW of Newhaven with insufficient wind to sail and unable to use the motor due to a problem with the propeller shaft. The crew were paged at 09:42 and the lifeboat left our temporary mooring in the marina at 09:55 arriving on scene at 10:12. One crew member was put aboard the casualty to help with the towline which was connected at 10:25. The vessel was towed to Newhaven where it was placed alongside a berth in the marina into the care of Newhaven CG at 11:06. The lifeboat was back alongside in the marina at 11:08.
06/05/10 18:02 Clear sky, good vis WSW f 3 Smooth 06/05/10 19:30 Persons cut off by the tide
14. Solent CG paged our LOM at 17:51 to request that we launch to 4 persons reported cut off by the tide at Crowlink, Seven Sisters. The crew were paged at 17:54 and the lifeboat left our temporary mooring in the marina at 18:02 arriving on scene at 18:17. The Y boat was launched at 18:21 with 2 PoB and proceeded to the position of 3 adults and 1 child on a small area of beach below the cliffs. The casualties were transferred to the ALB in 2 separate trips then both boats proceeded to Cuckmere Haven where the 4 persons were taken back to a safe area of beach and handed into the care of Birling Gap CG at 18:56. The Y boat and crew were recovered at 19:06 and the lifeboat returned to station and was back alongside in the marina at 19:22.
02/05/10 08:00 Rain, fair vis SE f 3 Calm 02/05/10 09:15 Report of a upturned vessel
13. Solent CG paged our LOM at 07:49 with a request for us to launch following a report relayed by Sussex Police of an upturned hull seen some 200m south of Cuckmere Haven and a knocking sound coming from it. The crew were paged at 07:53 and the lifeboat left the temporary mooring in the marina at 08:00 arriving on scene at 08:15. The Y boat was launched at 08:25 with 2 PoB to search inshore. The ALB went to speak to a nearby small fishing vessel and found that they had been in the area at the time of the report and that they had seen no other vessels in the vicinity. With the area off Cuckmere searched and nothing further found it was agreed with Solent CG that the incident was a false alarm with good intent so all units were stood down at 08:38. The Y boat was recovered at 08:42 and the lifeboat returned and was back alongside the temporary mooring at 08:58.
27/04/10 19:00 Clear sky, good vis N f 1 Smooth 27/04/10 20:20 Report of a capsized canoe
12. Our LOM was paged by Solent CG at 18:51 to request that we launch to a report of a semi-submerged canoe 200m off the Martello Tower in Seaford Bay. Newhaven CG mobile was on scene. The crew were paged at 18:53 and the lifeboat left the temporary mooring in the marina at 19:00 arriving on scene at 19:09. The canoe was recovered at 19:12 at Splash Point. The Y boat was launched at 19:24 to conduct an inshore search while the ALB searched offshore. A canoeist in the area was spoken to but there was no further information. The condition of the canoe suggested it may have been vandalised and launched into the sea so after the area had been searched including a beach search by the CG team all units were stood down at 19:52. The Y boat was recovered at 19:57 and the lifeboat returned to harbour and was back alongside in the marina at 20:10.
10/04/10 N/A Clear sky, good vis SW f 3 Calm 10/04/10 N/A Jet ski with machinery failure
11. Solent CG paged our DLA at 15:12 to request that we launch to a jet ski with 1 PoB off Cuckmere Haven with engine failure requiring a tow into Newhaven. The crew were paged at 15:16 but following a report from a yacht that the jet ski was under way and no assistance was required Solent CG sent a cancel launch page at 15:20 and the crew were stood down.
02/04/10 21:16 Clear sky, good vis SW f 6 Moderate 03/04/10 02:30 Sailing vessel partially dis-masted
The casualty vessel can be seen in the background with the top section of mast missing  
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10. Our LOM was paged by Solent CG at 21:04 to request that we launch to assist a 38ft sailing vessel with 3 PoB 7NM west of the Greenwich light vessel which was partially dis-masted with the remainder of the mast and rigging unstable. The crew were paged at 21:07 and the lifeboat left the side at 21:16 with an ETA of 50 minutes to cover the 21NM to run. The casualty was making 3 knots under motor to the north and we were on scene at 22:10. The vessel was found to have lost the top 1.5m of the timber top mast which was still hanging from the rigging but was proceeding well under her own power. The skipper was happy with the progress they were making and he asked that we escort them to Newhaven. As there were quite a number of ships bearing down on our position we requested Solent CG to broadcast a navigation warning to all ships asking them to keep clear. Course was set for Newhaven at approximately 5-6 knots. The vessel was escorted to a mooring in the marina where it was handed into the care of Newhaven CG at 02:05 and the lifeboat was back alongside at 02:10.
30/03/10 05:40 Overcast, good vis SW f 5 Moderate 30/03/10 11:30 Large MFV with suspected fire in the engine room and ingress of water
The MFV as we arrived on scene 21 NM from Newhaven  
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9. An 18m 102 ton MFV north east of the Greenwich light vessel with 5 PoB reported on VHF channel 16 that they had a fire in the engine room which they were unable to access due to smoke. Solent CG paged our LOM at 05:32 to request that we launch to assist. The crew were paged at 05:36 and the lifeboat left the side at 05:40 with an ETA to the casualty's position 21NM south of Newhaven of 50 minutes. Whilst the lifeboat was en route the casualty's crew were able to access the engine room and established that the problem was an overheating deep sea shaft seal due to a failure of the water pump for cooling as well as a fractured hydraulic pipe spraying fluid over the shaft. The skipper at first thought he may be able to continue his passage to Shoreham but the problem re-occurred. The lifeboat was on scene with the vessel at 06:41 and the skipper requested a tow. Our tow line was passed at 06:52 and a tow towards Newhaven commenced at approx. 6 knots. The skipper confirmed he would be able to motor his vessel alongside under his own power. Our approach to the harbour was delayed to allow the ferry to exit. When 3 cables off the breakwater end we released and recovered our tow as the MFV made her onto the East Quay at 10:43. The lifeboat went alongside to take details and was back alongside our berth at 11:05.
29/03/10 10:50 Overcast, good vis S f 3 Slight 29/03/10 13:45 Search for person thought to have fallen from cliff
8. Solent CG paged our LOM at 10:45 to request we launch following a report from Sussex Police that a backpack had been found at the cliff edge at Belle Toute containing a suicide note from a 16 year old male and clothing found at Beachy Head at the cliff top. Eastbourne and Birling Gap CG cliff teams were on scene with Sussex Police but the CG Helo was not available at that time due to the low cloud base. The crew were paged at 10:48 and the lifeboat launched at 10:50 arriving on scene at Birling Gap at 11:15. We were requested to carry out a search close inshore from Birling Gap to Beachy Head where we would meet up with Eastbourne ILB which was searching to the east of the headland. The Y boat was launched with 2 PoB and both boats searched along the cliff base from west to east and back again but nothing was found. CG Helo 104 arrived on scene after an improvement in conditions and after a short search found a body half way down the cliffs at Gun Gardens east of Beachy Head. The body was recovered by the CG cliff teams and all other units were stood down. The Y boat was recovered and the lifeboat left the scene at 12:45 arriving back alongside our berth at 13:30.
28/03/10 18:06 Fog, poor vis WSW f 3 Calm 28/03/10 20:22 Sailing vessel with machinery failure
7. Our LOM was paged by Solent CG at 17:57 to request that we launch to assist a 38ft Dutch ketch with 5 PoB 7NM south east of Newhaven. The vessel was unable to make way under sail and the engine had failed. The crew were paged at 18:01 and the lifeboat left the side at 18:06 arriving on scene at 18:27. Having established all persons were well aboard the vessel our tow was passed at 18:35 and the vessel was towed to Newhaven at 6 - 7 knots. Our ETA at the breakwater coincided with the arrival of the ferry so we delayed our approach to follow the ferry into harbour. Inside the harbour the vessel was brought up alongside the lifeboat and placed onto the visitor's berth in the marina into the care of Newhaven CG at 19:55. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 20:05.
23/03/10 08:16 Fog, very poor vis ENE f 3 Slight 23/03/10 12:43 Recovery of body fallen from cliff
6. Solent CG paged our LOM at 08:00 to request that we launch to assist with the recovery of a body from the foot of the cliffs west of Belle Toute. The crew were paged at 08:05 and the lifeboat left the side at 08:16 arriving on scene at 08:41. Solent CG asked that we stand off until Sussex Police and the Coroner had completed their assessment of the scene. When that was done at 09:19 the Y boat was launched with 3 PoB  and taken just off shore due to the very poor visibility. Assisted by Birling Gap CG the Y boat crew recovered the body and returned to the ALB. The Y boat and crew were recovered aboard at 10:05. The Coroner requested via Birling Gap CG that we take the body to Eastbourne's Sovereign Marina. The Coxswain cleared this with Solent CG and both LOMs at Newhaven and Eastbourne and arrangements were made to hand over the body outside the lock. Whilst entering the marina we were informed that due to dredging operations there was no landing area outside the lock so we entered into the locked area and handed the body into the care of Sussex Police at 11:00. The lifeboat left the lock again at 11:11 and was back alongside in Newhaven at 12:05.
14/02/10 10:00 Overcast, fair vis NNW f 3 Smooth 14/02/10 14:15 Dog fallen from cliff
As the Y boat crew landed on the small area of beach the dog can be seen sitting in the corner of an alcove    Poppy was kept warm in a blanket and comforted by Gavin who has a Spaniel himself  
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5. Whilst on training exercise we were contacted by Solent CG on VHF radio to request that we assist in the recovery of a dog which had gone over the cliff 0.25NM west of Hope Gap. The dog was confirmed dead by the owners. The lifeboat proceeded to the position and arrived at 12:50 at which time Solent CG contacted us again to report that another dog had gone over the cliff at Brass Point, Seven Sisters and had been confirmed alive having fallen into the sea. The lifeboat arrived at the second position at 13:00 and the Y boat was launched with 2 PoB. A Springer Spaniel was found under the cliff on a small area of beach. She was cold and shaken but showed no obvious injuries so she was wrapped in a blanket and recovered into the Y boat at 13:15. The Spaniel was taken onto the ALB where she was comforted and kept warm and both boats returned to the position of the first dog. The Y boat went in and recovered the dead dog from under the cliffs at 13:30 and returned it to the ALB. The Y boat was recovered at 13:40 and the lifeboat returned to station arriving back alongside at 14:00. Both dogs were handed back to their owners at the boathouse.
Read a follow up with good news about her recovery here.
18/01/10 08:50 Clear sky, good vis SW f 2 Glassy calm 18/01/10 10:30 Sailing vessel with machinery failure
4. Solent CG paged our LOM at 08:42 to request that we launch to assist a 36ft Bavaria sailing vessel with 5 PoB having suffered engine failure and with insufficient wind to sail approximately 3.5NM SW of Newhaven. The crew were paged at 08:46 and the lifeboat left the side at 08:50 arriving on scene at 09:07. The vessel was requested to recover their anchor and when that was done at 09:14 our tow was passed and a tow towards Newhaven was started at 7 knots. Our arrival at Newhaven coincided with the departure of the ferry so we took a slow turn out to sea before entering. Inside the harbour the vessel was brought up alongside the lifeboat at 10:00 before being berthed in the marina into the care of Newhaven CG at 10:09. The lifeboat was back on station at 10:14.
13/01/10 23:13 Rain, good vis NE f 2 Calm 13/01/10 23:50 Person possibly attempting to commit suicide
3. Our LOM was paged by Solent CG at 23:03 to request that we launch to assist with a report of a male in distress on derelict staging near the swing bridge who it was felt may jump into the river. The crew were paged at 23:07 and the lifeboat left the side at 23:13. The Y boat was launched with 2 PoB and while the ALB stayed further south the Y boat proceeded to within a cable of the incident and waited out of sight by some moored fishing boats. At 23:35 it was confirmed that the man had been talked down from the staging and was in the care of Sussex Police and Newhaven CG and we were stood down. The Y boat was recovered and the lifeboat was back alongside our berth at 23:42.
08/01/10 08:52 Snow, good vis NNE f 3 Smooth 08/01/10 10:30 Report of a body in the sea
2. Solent CG paged our DLA at 08:41 to request that we launch to a reported body in the sea 50 metres out from the beach in Seaford Bay. The crew were paged at 08:42 and the lifeboat left our temporary berth in the marina at 08:50 arriving on scene at the reported position at 09:06. Sussex Police, Sussex Ambulance and Newhaven CG were all on scene on the shore. No body was found in the reported position so we were tasked by Solent CG to search from the datum west to Tidemills and out to 0.5NM from the shore. Police Helo H900 also searched the area. Our search was completed at 09:52 and with nothing found all units were stood down. The lifeboat returned to station to refuel at 10:02 and was back alongside our temporary berth in the marina at 10:30.
03/01/10 17:02 Frost, good vis N f 3 Smooth 03/01/10 19:10 Power boat with machinery failure
1. Our LOM was paged at 16:52 by Solent CG to request that we launch to a 23ft motor boat with 1 PoB reported to be 0.5NM off Newhaven breakwater having suffered engine failure. All communications from the vessel were by mobile telephone. The crew were paged at 16:56 and the lifeboat left the side at 17:02. Nothing was found in the reported position but we managed to contact the vessel on VHF radio. The casualty reported that he thought he was 1NM off Peacehaven but he was unable to see our searchlights nor was he able to find a red flare to fire. We continued west and found the casualty at 17:25 off Saltdean approximately 3.5NM from Newhaven. One crewman was put aboard the vessel to assist with the tow which started at 17:36. Inside the harbour the vessel was brought alongside the lifeboat when it was found to have taken on water in the forward compartment so we placed it on our berth to assess the leak. Assisted by Newhaven CG our salvage pump was put aboard and all water pumped out and no further ingress was found. The lifeboat was ready for service at 19:10.
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)