2011 Callouts

Date of launch

Time of launch

Weather

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Sea state at
casualty or search area

Date returned

Time refuelled & RFS

Casualty

02/12/11 13:22 Cloudy, good vis SW light airs Slight 02/12/11 14:40 Person threatening to jump from cliff
56. Solent CG paged our LOM at 13:18 to request that we launch to assist with the possible recovery of a distressed female threatening to jump from the cliff near the Telscombe Tavern in Peacehaven. The crew were paged at 13:20 and the lifeboat left the side at 13:22. Whilst underway the Y boat was made ready and lowered to just above the water, 2 crew donned dry suits and medical equipment was prepared. The lifeboat arrived on scene at 13:35 and stood off the cliffs south of the casualty's position to await developments. Fortunately after a while the casualty, who had taken a mixture of drink and narcotics, passed out and was recovered by Newhaven CG cliff team without injury. The lifeboat was stood down and returned to station at 14:15 arriving back alongside at 14:30.
29/10/11 05:16 Cloudy, good vis SW f 5 Slight 29/10/11 11:45 Fishing vessel with engine room fire   Watch Video taken from the ZapCat
55. Our LOM was paged at 05:06 by Solent CG to request that we launch to a 15m trawler with 3 PoB which had suffered an engine room fire and was anchored by it's fishing gear at the end of the shipping lanes approximately 20NM SW of Newhaven. The crew were paged at 05:08 and the lifeboat left the side at 05:16 arriving on scene at 06:08. Whilst en route it was established that the fire had been extinguished and the crew had re-entered the engine room and established that the fire had been caused by a split oil filter. As the vessel, which was in approximately 40m of water, was unable to recover it's fishing gear and so could not manouever the lifeboat transmitted "Securite" messages warning approaching shipping of the vessel's predicament. Our Second Coxswain was put aboard to assess the situation and assist. Another trawler "Joanna C" arrived on scene at 06:54 and transferred a mechanic and oil across to assist. When the "Jack Henry" arrived at 07:30 and passed further spares aboard a temporary repair was effected and the main engine was restarted for long enough to recover the fishing gear. Our towline was passed at 07:40 and at 07:44 a tow was started towards Newhaven. Unfortunately our approach coincided with the ferry departing so we did not enter Newhaven until 11:00. The vessel was brought up alongside the lifeboat and placed on a berth into the care of Newhaven CG and East Sussex Fire & Rescue at 11:30. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 11:33.
28/10/11 17:02 Cloudy, fair vis N light airs Smooth 28/10/11 18:20 Angling vessel with machinery failure
54. Solent CG paged our LOM at 16:52 to request that we launch to assist an 27ft angling vessel with 2 PoB which was anchored 1NM south of Seaford Head and was unable to start the engine due to a flat battery. The crew were paged at 16:55 and the lifeboat left the side at 17:02 arriving on scene with the casualty at 17:16. When the lifeboat was alongside the anchor was raised and our towline was passed. A tow to Newhaven was commenced at 17:26 and the vessel was placed on a mooring at 18:04. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 18:09.
25/10/11 12:01 Clear sky, very good vis S f 3 Slight 25/10/11 12:20 Yacht with engine failure caught in strong tide
53. A 5m yacht with 1 PoB had suffered engine failure just north of the swing bridge at Newhaven. The vessel was caught in a strong ebb tide and as it was being swept towards the bridge the occupant sent a "Mayday" call which was received by Solent CG. Our LOM was paged at 11:56 to request that we launch to assist and the crew were paged at 11:57 and the lifeboat left the side at 12:01. We arrived on scene at 12:04 to find the vessel had already passed under the bridge and was alongside the railway quay safe and well. At that point a workboat from a local boatyard appeared and took the casualty vessel under tow back to his mooring where he was met by Newhaven CG. The lifeboat left the scene at 12:10 when the casualty was under tow and was back alongside at 12:20.
21/10/11 12:37 Overcast, good vis SW f 4 Slight 21/10/11 13:50 Dive boat with engine failure and divers still in the water   Watch Video taken from the ZapCat
52. A dive boat which had suffered engine failure while her 4 divers had not yet surfaced from their wreck dive approximately 4NM SW of Newhaven broadcast a "Pan Pan" call relaying details of their predicament. The dive boat skipper deployed the anchor but had already drifted away from the position the divers would return to the surface. Solent CG received the call and paged our LOM to request that we launch to their assistance. The survey vessel "Mabel Alice" which was nearby closed the area to stand by the divers. The crew were paged at 12:33 and the lifeboat left the side at 12:37 arriving on scene at 12:51 to find the "Mabel Alice" stood by 2 divers on the surface. We approached them and threw lines to pull them alongside and using 1 crew member in the water on the scramble net we helped them remove some of their gear before pulling them aboard. By the time this had been done the second pair of divers were on the surface and they were recovered in the same way. The divers were all fit and well and required no medical assistance. The dive boat had managed to start the engine and so at 13:10 we escorted the vessel towards Newhaven where it went onto its berth in the marina while we took the divers back to our berth arriving at 13:43.
20/10/11 14:48 Clear sky, very good vis WSW f 3 Slight 20/10/11 15:58 Report of body believed to be at foot of cliff
51. Our LOM was paged at 14:36 to request that we launch to recover a possible dead body from the foot of the cliffs at Seaford Head which had been reported by a fisherman at Splash Point. The crew were paged at 14:40 and the lifeboat left the side at 14:48 arriving on scene at 14:59. Newhaven CG were on scene on the groyne and had visual the blue object reported by the fisherman. The Y boat was launched with 2 PoB and went ashore in the reported position and the crew were conned on to the object by Newhaven CG. The object was identified as discarded fishing pot markers and a further search of the beach area found nothing untoward. The Y boat then returned to the ALB and was recovered and we were stood down at 15:30 and returned to station.
17/10/11 05:55 Part cloudy, very good vis W light airs Calm 17/10/11 07:10 Report of unidentified flashing light
50. Solent CG paged our LOM at 05:48 to request that we launch to investigate a red and white strobe light that had been spotted by a local trawler just south of Splash Point at the eastern end of Seaford Bay. From the description Solent CG believed the light to be from a man overboard marker beacon. The crew were paged at 05:50 and the lifeboat left the side at 05:55 arriving on scene at 06:10. The strobe light was found to be attached to one of two fishing dan marker buoys. No other markings were found on the dan buoys to identify the owner. At the request of Solent CG to prevent any further false alarms the strobe light was removed and taken aboard the lifeboat and a note was attached to the dan explaining where the owner could collect the light. We left the scene at 06:30 and the lifeboat was back alongside our berth at 06:55.
16/10/11 17:56 Part cloudy, very good vis WSW f 3 Slight 16/10/11 19:50 Angling boat with machinery failure
49. As the lifeboat was being moved back onto our berth following dredging operations we were informed at 17:54 by Solent CG that a 5m angling vessel with 2 PoB had starter motor problems approximately 0.5NM south of Seaford Head and required assistance. Our LOM was informed and the lifeboat left the side at 17:56 arriving on scene with the casualty at 18:08. Having established that the 2 persons were otherwise alright they were asked to raise their anchor. Our towline was passed and at 18:14 a tow was established towards Newhaven. Inside the harbour the vessel was brought alongside the lifeboat and placed alongside the fuel berth into the care of Newhaven CG at 19:45. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 19:50.
11/10/11 19:05 Cloudy, good vis W f 7 Moderate 11/10/11 19:40 Person reported missing under cliffs
48. Our LOM was paged at 18:52 to request that we launch to assist in the search for a person thought to be missing between Cuckmere Haven and Birling Gap. The crew were paged at 19:02 and the lifeboat launched at 19:05 and proceeded at speed towards the scene. As the lifeboat was abeam of Splash Point at the eastern side of Seaford Bay the missing person made himself known to Birling Gap CG who were mustering at the CG station ready to carry out a shore search. The lifeboat was stood down at 19:16 and returned to station.
06/10/11 18:43 Clear sky, very good vis WNW f 5 Slight 06/10/11 19:50 Cabin cruiser stranded
47. At 18:28 our LOM was paged by Solent CG to request that we launch to assist a 5m cabin cruiser which had broken free from its mooring and been blown onto the commercial quay at North Quay with 1 PoB with his dog. The coxswain drove to observe the scene to assess whether we could be of assistance before the crew were paged at 18:38. The lifeboat left the side at 18:43 and the Y boat was launched with 2 PoB and arrived on scene with the casualty at 18:47. The Y boat managed to pull the vessel free from the quayside structure and towed it back to her mooring and ensured it was properly secured. The Y boat left the casualty at 19:20 and was recovered onto the ALB.
05/10/11 20:50 Squalls, good vis SSW f 7 Rough 05/10/11 21:50 Person missing on Brighton Pier
46. As we were just finishing a training excercise we were requested at 20:49 to assist with a search for a person in the Brighton Pier area. The LOM was informed and 2 crew were put ashore at the boathouse before the lifeboat left the berth at 20:50. We were asked that when we arrived on scene we should remain inconspicuous and standby 0.5NM south of the pier. Whilst we were under way Brighton lifeboat was also tasked. When we were approximately 3NM west of Newhaven at 21:18 we were stood down as the person had been taken into custody by Sussex Police.
01/10/11 14:16 Clear sky, very good vis SSE f 3 Smooth 01/10/11 15:45 Persons reported cut off by the tide under cliffs
45. Solent CG paged our LOM at 14:10 to request that we launch to assist in the search for a group of persons thought to be cut off by the tide between Cuckmere Haven and Birling Gap. The crew were paged at 14:12 and at 14:16 the lifeboat left the side. On scene at the Cuckmere at 14:33 the Y boat was launched and both boats conducted a shoreline search east as far as Beachy Head. Birling Gap CG carried out a search from the shore. Although a number of persons were spotted under the cliffs nothing untoward was found so the lifeboat was stood down at 15:00 and returned to station arriving back on our berth at 15:30.
30/09/11 15:08 Clear sky, very good vis SSE light airs Calm 30/09/11 16:35 Angling boat with machinery failure
44. Our LOM was paged by Solent CG at 14:58 to request that we launch to assist an angling boat with 2 PoB which had suffered engine failure 1NM south of Splash Point. The casualty had no means of communication but had managed to request assistance via another angling boat in the area. The crew were paged at 15:00 and the lifeboat left the side at 15:08 arriving on scene at 15:20. Our towline was passed and at 15:26 we commenced our tow to Newhaven where the vessel was placed on a berth at 16:03. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 16:12.
27/09/11 00:35 Clear sky, very good vis WSW f 3 Calm 20/09/11 01:25 Person threatening to jump from swing bridge
43. At 00:25 our LOM was paged by Solent CG to request that we launch to assist in the recovery of a female from the woodwork at the swing bridge. The crew were paged at 00:26 and the lifeboat left the side at 00:35 when the Y boat was launched with 2 PoB. The 2 boats arrived on scene at the bridge at 00:38 and because of the height of the tide the Y boat was able to cover the west side of the timber work while the ALB came alongside the eastern side. The crew tried to persuade her to step onto the ALB but she lowered herself into the water where the ebb tide carried her away. She was successfully recovered aboard the Y boat and taken back to the lifeboat station where she was handed into the care of Sussex Police and South East Coast Ambulance at 00:59. The Y boat was then recovered and the lifeboat was back alongside at 01:05.
20/09/11 07:00 Part cloudy, good vis SW f 4 Calm 20/09/11 08:30 Cabin cruiser aground
42. Solent CG paged our LOM at 06:49 to request that we launch to recover the owner and his dog from the cabin cruiser which had gone aground in the swinging basin the previous evening. The crew were paged at 06:52 and the lifeboat left the side at 07:00 when the Y boat was deployed with 2 PoB. The Y boat was on scene at 07:10 to find the vessel even further up the bank than the previous night. The owner was covered in mud and starting to suffer from cold so it was decided to evacuate him and the dog by Y boat. They were brought on board the Y boat at 07:25 and taken straight to the lifeboat berth where the owner was given warm drinks and showered and changed into dry clothes while his dog was given fresh water before they were handed into the care of Newhaven CG. After thoroughly washing down the Y boat and gear the Y boat was recovered and the lifeboat was back alongside at 08:00.
19/09/11 18:26 Clear sky, good vis WSW f 4 Calm 19/09/11 19:30 Cabin cruiser aground
41. Our LOM was paged at 18:20 by Solent CG to request that we launch to assist with a search for a person believed missing from a stranded boat located on the east bank of the North Quay swinging basin in Newhaven Harbour. The crew were paged at 18:22 and the lifeboat left the side at 18:26. The Y boat was deployed with 2 PoB and it arrived on scene with the casualty vessel at 18:30. The vessel was high and dry on the mud bank and was locked up with the owner's dog inside. Footprints were traced through the mud to the concrete path at the top. Workers at one if the commercial berths then notified the Y boat crew that the owner had run out of fuel and made his way ashore to get some from a local garage. This information was passed on to Newhaven CG who were then able to locate the person safe and well. The lifeboat was stood down and returned to station at 19:21.
18/09/11 14:31 Part cloudy, good vis WSW f 3 Slight 1.5 - 2m swell 18/09/11 16:40 Persons cut off by the tide under cliffs
40. Solent CG paged our LOM at 14:25 to request that we launch to recover 2 persons reported cut off by the tide under cliffs west of Birling Gap. The crew were paged at 14:27 and the lifeboat left the side at 14:31 and the Y boat was made ready to deploy while on our way. We arrived on scene at 14:46 to find 2 members of Birling Gap Safety Boat had waded round to the casualties who were in no immediate danger. There was a heavy dumping swell of 1.5 to 2m and high water was less than 20 minutes away so it was thought best to wait until the tide had receded sufficiently for the casualties to walk back to safety. We were requested to stand by until all persons were safely back on the beach at Birling Gap. Liasing with Birling Gap Safety Boat and Birling Gap CG we were able to report when the conditions were suitable for the casualties to be escorted to safety. At 16:04 when all persons were back on the beach we departed the scene arriving back on our berth at 16:35.
18/09/11 03:41 Clear sky, very good vis ENE f 3 Calm 18/09/11 05:05 Person threatening to jump from swing bridge
39. At 03:32 our LOM was paged by Solent CG to request that we launch to assist with a female threatening to jump into the river from the woodwork at the swing bridge. The crew were paged at 03:34 and the lifeboat left the side at 03:41 arriving on scene by the bridge at 03:48. The Y boat was launched with 2 PoB at 03:50 but Sussex Police who were on the bridge asked that we stand by until Newhaven CG water rescue team arrived. Negotiations continued for a while in an attempt to talk the female down but they failed. With all units briefed and in position at 04:25 making use of the height of the tide the Y boat moved into position to the west of the woodwork and the ALB was brought alongside to the east to prevent the casualty jumping while a Newhaven CG member made his way onto the woodwork. Our female crew member then tried to reason with the casualty eventually persuading her onto the foredeck of the ALB at 04:45. Her condition was checked to see if medical treatment was needed as the ALB headed back to our berth where she was handed into the care of Sussex Police at 04:51. The Y boat was recovered at 04:52 and the lifeboat returned alongside our berth.
15/09/11 19:14 Clear sky, good vis ESE f 5 Slight 15/09/11 19:50 Sailing vessel with fouled propeller
38. Our LOM was paged by Solent CG at 19:07 to request that we launch to assist a 16m yacht with 1 PoB which had suffered a fouled propeller at the entrance to Newhaven harbour and had insufficient wind to make safe entry. The crew were paged at 19:08 and the lifeboat left the berth at 19:14 and was alongside the casualty at 19:19. The vessel was brought straight alongside the lifeboat and our tow commenced at 19:26. The yacht was placed alongside the marina fuel berth at 19:33 into the care of Newhaven CG. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 19:45.
05/09/11 20:00 Rain, fair vis WSW f 8 Rough 3 - 4m swell 05/09/11 22:00 Survey vessel with machinery failure The casualty which is on the left of the picture being put alongside the fuel berth 
37. Solent CG paged our LOM at 19:52 to request that we launch to assist a 52ft survey vessel (ex RNLI Arun Class Lifeboat) with 2 PoB which had suffered machinery failure and was drifting approximately 1NM south of Seaford Head whilst on passage from Lowestoft to Brighton. The crew were paged at 19:54 and the lifeboat left the side at 20:00 at which time the casualty was just 0.6NM off the rocks. We arrived on scene at 20:13 when the vessel had drifted closer still to the shore and our tow line was passed straight away. As soon as the line was fast at 20:21 we commenced a slow tow off shore. As the cross-channel ferry was nearing Newhaven we had to wait for her to enter so we took a slow turn out to the south before making our own approach entering the harbour at 20:55. In the shelter of the west pier the tow was shortened and when opposite the marina the vessel was brought up alongside the lifeboat before it was placed on the marina fuel berth into the care of Newhaven CG at 21:02. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 21:05.
04/09/11 13:25 Rain, good vis SW f 5 - 6 Moderate 04/09/11 14:55 Mayday from capsized ZapCat  A still taken from the video running aboard the ZapCat shows the actual moment of capsize  The casualties who had escaped injury were all taken on board the lifeboat  Watch Video taken from the ZapCat
36. While the crew were still at the boathouse after our Sunday morning exercise a Mayday call was heard from a capsized ZapCat near the lighthouse at Beachy Head. 3 persons were reported to be clinging to the upturned hull which they were unable to right. Members of Birling Gap Safety Boat could see the casualty but were unable to give an exact position. Our LOM was paged at 13:21 and the Coxswain contacted Solent CG by VHF radio to inform them that the crew were preparing to launch. The lifeboat left the side at 13:25 and proceeded at full speed towards Beachy Head. The casualty reported that they were being swept close to the rocks and we asked that they fire a distress flare when they could see us. The flare was spotted and we arrived on scene at 13:44. A line was thrown to the 3 males who had managed to climb aboard the upturned hull and the vessel was pulled alongside the lifeboat. Establishing that they were all fit and well the Mayday was cancelled. 2 persons were taken aboard while the third attached a line from our A-frame which we used to right the vessel before he too was recovered onto the lifeboat. The Y boat crane was then used to hoist the vessel onto our after deck. We left the scene bound for Newhaven at 13:58. At the entrance to the marina we lowered the cat back into the water and the 3 persons went back aboard and paddled to the slipway where they were met by Newhaven CG. The lifeboat was back alongside our berth at 14:37.
23/08/11 17:35 Cloudy, fair vis WSW f 3 Slight 23/08/11 22:20 Sailing vessel with fouled rudder and propeller  One of our crew boarded the yacht to help to establish the tow
35. Our LOM was paged by Solent CG at 17:25 to request that we launch to assist a 10m Dutch yacht with 3 PoB approximately 19NM SE of Newhaven in the SW bound shipping lane. The vessel had become entangled in fishing gear which fouled both the propeller and rudder but had managed to sail on for a while until the wind dropped and they were unable to continue. The crew were paged at 17:28 and the lifeboat left the side at 17:35. While on the way to the vessel we were informed that the Fisheries Protection Vessel "Morven" was nearby and proceeding to the position and was going to stand by. We arrived on scene at 18:28 and as the casualty had drifted into the middle of the TSS the FPV "Morven" offered to act as guard vessel and warn oncoming ships that we were preparing to tow the yacht. Our first attempt to connect the tow had to be aborted due to language difficulties so one of our crew was put aboard and the tow was rigged using a bridle. Our tow towards Newhaven started at 18:55 and once under way the Y boat was deployed to assess the amount of rope entangled around the yacht. Inside the harbour the yacht was brought up alongside the lifeboat and it was placed on the marina fuel berth into the care of Newhaven CG at 21:45. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 21:50.
12/08/11 14:20 Clear sky, good vis WSW f 4 - 5 Slight 12/08/11 16:50 Mayday call from vessel taking on water  When we arrived the ingress of water had reduced and Brighton lifeboat had the vessel under tow    While the vessel was towed into the marina to be lifted from the water we put our pump aboard to clear the engine space
34. Solent CG paged our LOM at 14:15 to request that we launch to assist a 36ft cabin cruiser with 3 PoB that had sent a Mayday call stating that they were taking on water near the entrance to Brighton marina and were abandoning to a dinghy. Crew members mustered at the station having heard the radio communications and the lifeboat left the side at 14:20. We arrived on scene at 14:37 to find that the ingress of water had been substantially reduced and the vessel was under the tow of Brighton lifeboat into the marina. Inside the marina we went alongside the casualty and put 2 crew members and our salvage pump aboard to assess the situation and pump the water clear of the engine space. Once sufficient water had been cleared the problem was traced to a leaking stern gland. The vessel was moored alongside the marina fuel berth ready to be lifted out of the water. We left Brighton marina at 15:58 and arrived back alongside our berth at 16:22.
07/08/11 18:47 Rain, fair vis WSW f 4 - 5 Moderate 07/08/11 21:20 Persons cut off by the tide under cliffs
33. Our LOM was paged at 18:38 to request that we launch to persons reported cut off by the tide at Crowlink, Seven Sisters. The crew were paged at 18:40 and the lifeboat left the side at 18:47. Newhaven CG and Birling Gap CG cliff teams had also been tasked to the incident. Initial reports were confused but there turned out to be 3 adults, 4 children and 1 dog stranded on an isolated section of beach. We arrived on scene at 19:02 and the Y boat was launched with 3 PoB at 19:05. After an initial assessment of the conditions on scene an evacuation by Y boat was ruled out as there was a heavy surf running from stronger winds earlier in the day and it was agreed that the casualties would be recovered up the cliff. However from a vantage point on the cliff a Birling Gap auxiliary spotted a calmer section of beach behind a rock reef and guided the Y boat to it and using an anchor to veer down the Y boat was taken ashore at the eastern end of the beach. By this time the cliff team had lowered a man to the beach and it was decided best to continue with recovery up the cliff but we were requested to remain on scene until the evacuation was complete. Further CG members from Eastbourne arrived and all casualties were safely recovered up the cliff by 20:42. The Y boat then left the beach and was recovered and the lifeboat left the scene at 20:50 arriving back on our berth at 21:20.
07/08/11 05:10 Clear sky, good vis W f 6 - 7 Moderate 07/08/11 07:20 Medivac from dismasted yacht   Photo from Shoreham Lifeboat as the injured lady is taken aboard Newhaven Lifeboat
32. A yacht with 2 PoB had been in collision with a trawler and become dismasted at about 02:00 in the shipping lanes and Shoreham lifeboat was launched to their assistance. While the mast was being cut away the female suffered a suspected fracture to her left forearm. Shoreham lifeboat put 2 crew aboard the yacht using their Y boat and commenced a tow towards Shoreham. As the woman's condition was deteriorating and there were still several hours to reach shore at the tow speed they asked that she should be taken off. Our LOM was paged at 04:57 by Solent CG to request that we launch to evacuate the injured female when they were approximately 14NM SSW of Newhaven. Our crew were paged at 05:03 and the lifeboat left the side at 05:10 arriving on scene some 11NM SW of Newhaven at 05:48. We had Shoreham lifeboat slow down and turn downsea to reduce the casualty vessel's motion and having ensured all were ready for a quick transfer the Coxswain skilfully took the lifeboat alongside the yacht for the few seconds required to take the female on board at 05:55. As she was treated with entenox and her arm immobilised with frac straps the lifeboat headed for Brighton marina with an ETA of 06:20. The female was handed into the care of Sussex Ambulance at 06:28. We left Brighton marina at 06:44 arriving back on our berth at 07:10.
28/07/11 06:05 Clear sky, very good vis SSW f 3 Smooth 28/07/11 06:48 Fishing vessel taking on water
31. Solent CG paged our LOM at 05:58 to request that we launch to assist a 6m fishing vessel with 1 PoB which was taking on water just off Seaford Head. The crew were paged at 06:00 and the lifeboat left the side at 06:05. We arrived on scene with the casualty at 06:09 at the entrance to Newhaven harbour to find several other fishing vessels in attendance. The skipper of the casualty decided to run the vessel onto the sandy beach inside the western breakwater as we stood by. Once safely aground the skipper managed to trace the ingress of water to the stern gland and he was able to tighten it to prevent water coming in and pump the vessel dry. The vessel was then re-floated on the rising tide and we escorted it into harbour. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 06:48.
24/07/11 12:50 Clear sky, good vis SW f 5 Slight 24/07/11 13:50 Angling vessel with fouled propeller
30. While still at the boathouse following an exercise at sea we were requested at 12:48 by Solent CG to launch to assist a 6m angling vessel with 2 PoB which had picked up a fishing net marker buoy around the propeller approximately 0.5NM south of Newhaven. The casualty had managed to cut away the rope but the propeller and rudder remained fouled and with the vessel drifting they put out a Mayday call. The lifeboat launched at 12:50 and was on scene at 13:01. Having confirmed all was otherwise well on board the Mayday was cancelled and our towline was passed. The tow to Newhaven commenced at 13:10 and the vessel was placed alongside a berth in the marina into the care of Newhaven CG at 13:30. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 13:40.
24/07/11 11:20 Clear sky, good vis SW f 5 Slight 24/07/11 N/A Jet ski reported in difficulties
29. While we were on a PR exercise in Brighton marina we were requested at 11:17 by Solent CG to assist a jetski reported in difficulty off the beach at Splash Point in Seaford Bay. The lifeboat left the marina berth at 11:20 and headed for the position given. Seaford Lifeguards were also tasked to the incident and while we were underway they managed to assist the casualty. We were therefore released to continue our exercise at 11:35.
20/07/11 12:03 Rain, fair vis WSW f 2 Smooth 20/07/11 14:15 Power boat out of fuel  The power boat under tow crossing Seaford Bay    The vessel moored on the marina fuel berth
28. Solent CG had received reports of a 19m power boat with 2 PoB which had suffered a fuel gauge malfunction while on a delivery trip from Antwerp to Southampton and had therefore run out of fuel and was at anchor off Birling Gap. Our LOM was paged at 11:55 to request that we launch to assist. The crew were paged at 12:00 and the lifeboat left the side at 12:03 and proceeded at cruising speed arriving on scene at 12:20. Having checked that all was well aboard apart from the fuel situation we had the casualty raise her anchors and our towline was passed and a tow to Newhaven commenced at 12:39. Inside the harbour the vessel was brought up alongside the lifeboat and placed on the marina fuel berth into the care of Newhaven CG at 13:50. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 14:00.
19/07/11 09:57 Clear sky, good vis SW f 3 Calm 19/07/11 11:20 Fishing vessel with fouled propeller
27. Our LOM was paged by Solent CG at 09:45 to request that we launch to assist a 6m fishing vessel with 1 PoB which had become entangled in her own nets while hauling her gear 2 cables south of Peacehaven. The charter fishing vessel "Sea Leopard" had heard the casualty call Solent CG and attempted to assist but was unable to due to the shallow water she was in. The crew were paged at 09:47 and the lifeboat left the side at 09:57 arriving on scene at 10:08. The Y boat was launched with 2 PoB and after discussion with the skipper of the fishing vessel the crew retrieved some of the net from the stern and cut it away. The vessel then recovered the remainder of that string of gear. Our towline was passed and the vessel was towed into deeper water and then on towards Newhaven. As we towed the casualty into Newhaven the fishing vessel "Valkyrie" which was making for her berth near to that of the casualty offered to take over the tow. We released our tow at 11:05 and the lifeboat was back on our berth at 11:14.
11/07/11 19:15 Clear sky, good vis WSW f 1 Calm 11/07/11 20:16 Person cut off by the tide   The Y boat crew ashore with the casualty
26. Solent CG received a report from a kayaker who had spotted a person cut off by the tide on a small isolated section of beach under Seaford Head. They paged our LOM at 19:06 to request that we launch to assist and the crew were paged at 19:09. The lifeboat left the side at 19:15 and arrived on scene at 19:25. The Y boat was launched with 3 PoB and went ashore to assist the casualty. The man was Austrian and found to be dehydrated and confused. He was taken onto the Y boat and landed at Splash Point into the care of Newhaven CG where he was attended by Sussex Ambulance. The Y boat was recovered and the lifeboat returned to station arriving back alongside our berth at 20:06.
08/07/11 11:06 Squally, good vis WSW f 8 Rough - 4m swell 08/07/11 13:12 Sailing vessel with engine failure making heavy weather   The casualty under tow off Newhaven    Watch Video
25. Solent CG paged our LOM at 10:50 to report that a 12m catamaran with 2 PoB 9NM SW of Newhaven had suffered engine failure and the crew felt due to the weather and sea conditions they would require assistance to enter Newhaven harbour. The crew were paged at 10:58 and the lifeboat left the side at 11:06 arriving on scene at 11:32. Having checked all was well aboard we offered a tow and asked that the vessel come head to sea and lower the reefed mainsail. When that had been done our tow was passed and we made our way at approximately 6 knots to Newhaven. Inside the harbour the tow was first shortened and then the vessel was brought alongside the lifeboat before being placed on the marina fuel berth into the care of Newhaven CG at 12:57.
28/06/11 18:03 Cloudy, fair vis WNW f 2 Slight 28/06/11 19:00 Inflatable dinghy being blown out to sea
23. Our LOM was paged at 17:53 by Solent CG to request that we launch to recover a small inflatable dinghy with 2 PoB which was being carried out to sea near Seaford Head by the offshore breeze. The crew were paged at 17:54 and the lifeboat left our temporary mooring in the marina at 18:03 arriving on scene at 18:14. We went alongside the inflatable and brought the 2 persons aboard and then recovered the dinghy. Having established they had departed from the beach at Splash Point we arranged to meet Newhaven CG mobile at that point. Just off the beach we re-launched the dinghy with the 2 persons and passed a line to the waiting CG to pull them ashore.

24. As we were returning to Newhaven we received a request that we assist a 6m fishing boat with 1 PoB which had suffered engine failure approximately 1NM off the harbour entrance. We passed our towline and the casualty was towed into Newhaven. As we approached the marina entrance the casualty managed to restart the engine and so we released our tow and he made his own way onto his berth. The lifeboat was back alongside at 19:00.

23/06/11 17:56 Clear sky, good vis SW f 5 Smooth 23/06/11 19:04 Sailing vessel with engine failure in river
22. Solent CG paged our LOM at 17:44 to request that our Y boat be sent to assist a 6m sailing vessel with 1 PoB which had reported by mobile telephone that they had suffered engine failure in the river near Piddinghoe. The crew were paged at 17:50 and the lifeboat left the side at 17:56. The Y boat was deployed straight away with 2 PoB and it arrived on scene with the casualty just south of Piddinghoe at 18:18. At almost the same time a RIB from Peter Leonard Marine arrived and offered to take the casualty in tow back to their slipway. The Y boat stood by during the tow and departed when they reached the slipway at 18:50. The Y boat was recovered and the lifeboat was back alongside at 19:04.
19/06/11 N/A Clear sky, good vis WSW f 7 Calm 19/06/11 15:15 Person in danger of drowning
21. Whilst at sea on exercise en route to Brighton marina we received a VHF call from Solent CG at 14:49 requesting that we return to Newhaven immediately to rescue a female in the river opposite the "Ark Inn". We proceeded at speed and entered Newhaven harbour at 14:52. As we were approaching the scene at 14:55 we were informed by Solent CG that the casualty had been recovered onto a fishing boat and was being detained by police officers with Newhaven CG mobile in attendance. We went alongside the fishing vessel and were requested to take the casualty aboard to be landed at our berth. Our stretcher was used to secure the casualty and she was brought aboard at 15:03 with 3 police officers and 1member of Newhaven CG.   We were back alongside our mooring at 15:07 where the casualty was handed into the care of Sussex Ambulance and Sussex Police. We were released to continue our exercise at 15:15.
19/06/11 13:24 Clear sky, good vis WSW f 7 Slight 19/06/11 13:55 Cabin cruiser with engine failure
20. Our DLA was paged by Solent CG at 13:12 to request that we launch to assist a 17ft cabin cruiser with 2 PoB which had suffered engine failure and was being pinned against the east pier at Newhaven by the wind and waves. The crew were paged at 13:15 and the lifeboat left the side at 13:24 arriving on scene at 13:27 where Newhaven CG mobile was in attendance. Our towline was passed at 13:29 and the vessel was towed clear of the pier at 13:30. The tow was shortened at 13:35 and the vessel was brought up alongside the lifeboat and placed on the visitors' berth in the marina at 13:39. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 13:49.
14/06/11 00:15 Clear sky, good vis N f 1 Calm 14/06/11 00:55 Fishing vessel with machinery failure
19. Solent CG paged our LOM at 00:08 to report that a 22ft fishing vessel with 1 PoB had suffered engine failure while entering Newhaven harbour and was tied to the piling on the east pier. The crew were paged at 00:11 and the lifeboat launched at 00:15 arriving on scene at 00:20. Having established that all was well on board apart from the engine failure our towline was passed and the vessel was towed to it's mooring. The vessel was put alongside at 00:43 and the lifeboat was back on our mooring at 00:55.
08/06/11 17:57 Overcast, good vis WSW f 7 Moderate - 2.5m swell 08/06/11 19:40 Person in danger of drowning   Watch Video
18. Our LOM was paged by Solent CG at 17:51 to request that we launch to a person reported unconscious and face down in the water at Splash Point at the eastern side of Seaford Bay. Newhaven CG and CG Rescue Helo 104 had also been tasked to the incident. The crew were paged at 17:52 and the lifeboat launched at 17:57 arriving on scene at 18:06. The lifeboat was taken into the surf in less than 2m of water but was not able to reach the casualty. As CG Rescue Helo 104 was still a few minutes away Newhaven CG deployed a rescue swimmer who entered the water and recovered the casualty ashore at 18:15. He was immediately administered medical attention by Newhaven CG and Sussex Ambulance paramedics. Rescue 104 arrived on scene at 18:19 and was about to winch the casualty to airlift to Eastbourne District General Hospital when another incident arose. With the HEMS helo due to arrive Rescue 104 was released to deal with the other incident. After receiving treatment from the HEMS crew the casualty was taken by ambulance with police escort to the EDGH. The lifeboat having been standing by just off the beach throughout was stood down at 19:04 arriving back alongside at 19:22.
04/06/11 18:36 Clear sky, good vis NE f 8 Moderate 04/06/11 21:50 Small fishing vessel taking on water under tow
A crew member tried to stabilise the gear while keeping the pump suction hose in the bilges   Our salvage pump was running while the vessel was alongside but could not keep up with the water being shipped aboard 
17. Solent CG paged our LOM at 18:30 to request that we launch to assist a 15ft fishing vessel with 3 PoB. The vessel had suffered engine failure and had drifted to approximately 1.5NM south of Newhaven in adverse weather. The fishing vessel "Sarah Jane" attempted to tow the casualty but it took on too much water and they requested lifeboat assistance. The crew were paged at 18:32 and the lifeboat launched at 18:36 arriving on scene at 18:46. The casualty vessel was brought alongside and the persons taken aboard the lifeboat and one crew member boarded the vessel to report on progress during the slow tow. Under tow the vessel was shipping too much water over her starboard bow so it was pulled up into the lee of the lifeboat's port side to give maximum protection from the gale force wind. Our salvage pump was deployed but the amount of water coming aboard the vessel could not be cleared and unfortunately it sank and was cut away. Personal possessions including important medication and flotsam was recovered and the position reported to Solent CG and Newhaven VTS. The lifeboat departed the scene and was back alongside at 20:50.
04/06/11 15:03 Clear sky, good vis NNE f 6 Slight 04/06/11 17:00 Report of un-manned jetski  A crew member was put aboard the swamped jetski to stabilise it under tow   Watch Video
16. Newhaven NCI had reported to Solent CG that a jetski they had observed previously with 2 PoB had been spotted just off the entrance to Newhaven harbour with no-one on board. Solent CG paged our LOM at 14:58 to request that we launch to search for the 2 persons possibly in the water. The crew were paged at 15:00 and the lifeboat launched at 15:03 arriving on scene 0.3 NM SW of the breakwater at 15:10 to where an angling vessel had got hold of the drifting jetski. We started an expanding square search pattern in the area but were soon re-tasked to search 0.5 NM off Seaford Beach towards Seaford Head. Newhaven CG mobile were searching onshore and CG Rescue Helo 104 was en route to carry out a search. During the second leg of our new search the casualties were discovered by Newhaven CG safe and well ashore at the Seaford Sailing Club. All units were then stood down but as we were returning to station we were informed that the angling vessel that had the jetski under tow was experiencing problems. We diverted to their position to take over the tow of the swamped jetski. Our towline was attached and a crew member went aboard the jetski to stabilise it under tow. The jetski was taken into the marina slipway and handed into the care of Newhaven CG. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 16:40.
29/05/11 20:32 Cloudy, good vis W f 6 Moderate - 2.5m swell 29/05/11 23:00 Evacuation of injured woman from cruise liner            Watch Video
15. Solent CG paged our LOM at 20:22 to request that we launch to evacuate a 79 year old female and her 85 year old husband from the cruise liner "Queen Victoria". The casualty had fallen while leaving one of the restaurants and had a suspected broken hip and a broken wrist. The medical team aboard "Queen Victoria" had tended to her injuries and made her ready for transport on the lifeboat. The crew were paged at 20:26 and the lifeboat left the side at 20:32 with 8 crew aboard. We arrived on scene approximately 3NM south of Newhaven at 20:54 and the ship turned to the south east to create a lee from the weather and deployed a pontoon for us to come alongside. Two crew members went aboard with our stretcher and together with the ship's medical team transferred the lady into the stretcher. Our crew then assisted the ship's crew in transferring both persons across to the lifeboat where they were tended to by waiting crew members. The lifeboat departed the scene at 21:26 and was back alongside our berth at 21:56 where both persons were handed into the care of Sussex Ambulance who took them to Royal Sussex County Hospital for treatment.
26/05/11 13:24 Overcast, fair vis WSW f 8 Rough 4 - 5m swell 26/05/11 15:00 Man overboard from yacht in adverse conditions      A crew member from Brighton lifeboat got aboard the yacht and helped recover the person  With the casualty recovered aboard the yacht it was escorted towards Brighton marina  With CG Helo 104 hovering overhead Newhaven lifeboat took up position to seaward of the vessel while Brighton lifeboat went down wind  The mast of the yacht can just be seen behind the light tower at the end of the pier  The waves at the marina entrance were breaking and confused  Positioning ourselves between the yacht and the waves we were able to protect them by absorbing some of the force  The yacht safely inside the harbour as a large breaking wave rolled across the entrance
All photos by Eddie Mitchell     
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14. Solent CG had received a Mayday call from a 32ft yacht reporting that the skipper had been swept overboard as the sails were being lowered as they approached Brighton marina. The skipper was attached with a safety line but was being battered by the waves and the remaining 2 persons aboard were unable to recover him. CG Rescue Helo 104 was tasked and Brighton lifeboat was also paged. Having regard to the on scene weather Solent CG paged our LOM at 13:19 to request that we proceed to the incident. The crew were paged at 13:21 and just 3 minutes later the lifeboat launched and cleared the harbour at speed arriving on scene at 13:47. As we approached Helo 104 was hovering over the casualty and Brighton lifeboat had put a crew member aboard who had assisted to recover the skipper onto the yacht's deck. The skipper required medical treatment and it was agreed the quickest and safest way was to escort the vessel into the marina where he could be tended to by Sussex Ambulance. With Helo 104 hovering overhead Newhaven lifeboat took up position to seaward of the casualty to attempt to break the force of the approaching waves. Brighton lifeboat took up position down sea of the yacht and we commenced our approach to the marina keeping between the yacht and the oncoming waves until it was safely inside the shelter of the west pier. Once the casualty was moored at Brighton lifeboat station we left the scene at 14:11 and were back on our berth at 14:42.
23/05/11 19:47 Rain, good vis WSW f 5 Smooth 23/05/11 22:50 Person threatening to jump from fishing stage
13. Our LOM was paged at 19:41 to request that we launch to standby and provide help if needed for a female threatening to jump from an unsafe structure near Newhaven swingbridge. The crew were paged at 19:44 and the lifeboat left the side at 19:47 and immediately deployed the Y boat with 2 crew aboard. The ALB and Y boat were on scene standing by the casualty's position at 19:50 where Sussex Police, Sussex Fire and Rescue, Sussex Ambulance and Newhaven CG were all in attendance. The casualty had been seen drinking alcohol and was very unstable on the structure and after a prolonged stand-off a member of Newhaven CG attempted to restrain her but she jumped and landed in the river. The Y boat quickly recovered her and as she was showing signs of hypothermia she was taken at speed back to the boathouse where she was handed into the care of Sussex Ambulance and Sussex Police at 22:20. The Y boat was recovered and the lifeboat was back alongside our berth at 22:40.
13/05/11 00:01 Clear sky, good vis WSW f 2 Calm 13/05/11 00:45 Person in water in the harbour
12. Solent CG paged our LOM at 23:51 to request that we launch to help recover a person in the water at the harbour entrance. The crew were paged at 23:53 and the lifeboat left the side at 00:01 arriving on scene at 00:03. Newhaven CG were already in scene and one of their team had entered the water to support the casualty. The lifeboat was manoeuvred alongside the timber piles on the side of the harbour and one of our crew entered the water to assist with the recovery of the casualty and the member of Newhaven CG. The casualty was wrapped in blankets and taken back to station where he was handed into the care of Sussex Ambulance at 00:31.
29/04/11 23:10 Cloudy, good vis NE f 5 Slight 30/04/11 01:45 Sailing vessel with engine failure
11. Solent CG paged our LOM at 22:59 to request that we launch to a 13m sailing vessel with 3 PoB which had suffered engine failure approximately 5NM SSW of Newhaven and required assistance to enter Brighton marina. The crew were paged at 23:03 and the lifeboat left the side at 23:10 arriving on scene at 23:34. Our towline was passed and the vessel was towed into Brighton marina where it was placed alongside the fuel berth. We left the vessel at 00:45 and were back alongside our berth at 01:35.
17/04/11 14:46 Clear sky, good vis S Light airs Calm 17/04/11 15:45 Sailing vessel aground on rocks   One of our crew went aboard to check for ingress of water
10. Our LOM was paged by Solent CG at 14:39 to request that we launch to assist an 8m sailing vessel with 2 PoB which had gone aground on rocks at "Old Nore" just west of Newhaven. Solent CG had already requested 2 RIBs to assist. The crew were paged at 14:41 and the lifeboat left the side at 14:46 arriving on scene at 14:57 when it was discovered that the 2 RIBs had assisted the casualty off the rocks back into the water. In the process the 2 persons from the casualty vessel had entered the water and the yacht's dagger board had been broken. The lifeboat went alongside the casualty and transferred a crew member aboard to assess the situation and check for ingress of water. Having established the vessel was still sound it was able to make way towards Newhaven escorted by the lifeboat. The vessel was safely berthed in the marina into the care of Newhaven CG at 15:35 and the lifeboat was back on our berth at 15:40.
07/04/11 04:06 Not recorded Not recorded Calm 07/04/11 04:27 Two persons in the water near the swing bridge
9. Solent CG paged our LOM at 03:58 to report that 2 persons had jumped from the swing bridge and were in the water and that the immediate launch of the lifeboat was requested. The crew were paged at 04:00 and the lifeboat left the side at 04:06. At this time one person was reported to be back ashore. Newhaven CG conned us to the position of the remaining casualty who was located by searchlight. The lifeboat went alongside her and one crew member entered the water to secure her in a lifting strop. She was recovered aboard the lifeboat at 04:10 and our crew member was also brought back aboard. The casualty was wrapped in blankets and administered oxygen as we returned to station arriving back alongside at 04:15 where she was handed into the care of Sussex Ambulance.
03/04/11 08:56 Fog, very poor vis SSE f 1 Calm 03/04/11 12:20 Angling vessel with fouled propellers   In dense fog the casualty was taken in tow towards Brighton marina
8. Our LOM was paged at 08:47 to request that we launch to assist a 38ft angling vessel with 10 PoB approximately 9.5NM SSE of Newhaven which had a rope around both propellers in thick fog. Another angling vessel was standing by their position. The crew were paged at 08:49 and the lifeboat left the side at 08:56 arriving on scene at 09:32. Having checked all was well aboard our tow was passed at 09:34 and the casualty was towed towards Brighton marina. On scene and during most of the tow the visibility was less than 50 metres. Brighton lifeboat were out on exercise and offered to take over the tow into the marina so we handed the tow over to them about 1NM east of the entrance at 11:32. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 12:05.
02/04/11 17:42 Overcast, fair vis WSW f 4 Slight 02/04/11 18:40 Fishing vessel with fouled propeller  The vessel was taken in tow to Newhaven   Watch Video
7. Solent CG paged our LOM at 17:35 to request that we launch to assist a 55ft fishing vessel with 3 PoB approximately 2NM SW of Newhaven which had fouled its propeller. The crew were paged at 17:37 and the lifeboat left the side at 17:42 arriving on scene at 17:53. Having established that all was well on board our towline was passed at 17:55 and the vessel was towed towards Newhaven. We entered harbour at 18:20 and the casualty was brought up alongside the lifeboat and placed on a berth in the marina into the care of Newhaven CG. The lifeboat was back alongside at 18:30.
02/04/11 10:26 Part cloudy, good vis S f 2 Choppy - 1m swell 02/04/11 11:30 Person in danger of drowning  The CG helo recovered the casualty from nearly alongside the wall
6. Our LOM was paged by Solent CG at 10:20 to request that we launch to assist with the recovery of 2 persons in the water at Friar's Bay, Peacehaven. The crew were paged at 10:21 and the lifeboat left the side at 10:26 with 5 crew aboard and proceeded at high speed to the scene. As we left the berth it was reported that one person was back ashore but the other was unconscious face down in the water. The Y boat and scrambling net were made ready as we proceeded. On scene at 10:41 the casualty was spotted approximately 10ft from the promenade. Newhaven CG and Sussex Ambulance personnel on the shore were attempting to reach the casualty and attending 2 persons on the promenade. There was insufficient depth of water for the ALB to attempt a rescue with the swell and severity of the backwash from the wall arising from overnight winds. The Y boat was immediately deployed with 2 PoB and made several attempts to reach the casualty but with 2 - 3 metre surf and the backwash from the promenade it was not possible to effect a rescue. CG Rescue helo 104 had been diverted and arrived on scene at 10:49 and lowered their winch man to successfully recover the casualty and fly him direct to Eastbourne District General Hospital. Unfortunately he was pronounced dead on arrival. The Y boat was recovered and the lifeboat departed the scene at 11:04 arriving back alongside at 11:20.
26/03/11 20:06 Cloudy, fair vis ENE f 3 Calm 27/03/11 00:40 Person threatening to jump from swing bridge
5. Solent CG paged our LOM at 20:03 to request that we launch to assist Newhaven CG with a person threatening to commit suicide at Newhaven swing bridge. The crew were attending a function at the boathouse so the lifeboat launched at 20:06 and deployed the Y boat with 2 crew aboard. The tide was 2 hours from low water. The Y boat was requested to standby at the bridge in case the casualty jumped. Further information was obtained stating that the casualty had taken a mixture of pills and alcohol so 2 further crew were sent to the scene on foot where one remained on shore and the other was picked up in the Y boat. A long tense stand off ensued with the Y boat crew joining police negotiators in attempting to talk the casualty down. Eventually after nearly 4 hours the casualty was successfully persuaded back into police custody. The Y boat left the scene at 00:06 and was recovered onto the ALB which was then back alongside at 00:15.
20/03/11 15:50 Cloudy, fair vis SSW f 3 Smooth 20/03/11 17:00 Power boat with engine failure
The vessel was towed the short distance to Newhaven harbour on a light towline  
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4. Our LOM was paged at 15:43 to request that we launch to assist a 15ft power boat with 3 PoB 1 NM SW of Newhaven which had suffered engine failure. The crew were paged at 15:47 and the lifeboat left the side at 15:50 arriving on scene at 15:56. Having established there were no other problems on board we asked the casualty to recover their anchor. Our tow was secured at 15:58 and the vessel was towed to Newhaven at 8 knots. The casualty was placed alongside a berth in the marina at 16:20 and the lifeboat was back on our berth at 16:30.
14/03/11 13:20 Overcast, good vis E f 3 Moderate 14/03/11 15:30 Recovery of person fallen from cliffs
3. An abandoned car and clothing near the cliff edge in the Crowlink area prompted a lengthy search involving Coastguards, Sussex Police and their helo along the Seven Sisters. A body was sighted at the base of the cliffs and Solent CG paged our LOM at 13:12 to request that we launch to assist the cliff teams to recover the body with our Y boat. The crew were paged at 13:15 and the lifeboat left the side at 13:20 arriving on scene at 13:44. The Y boat was launched with 3 PoB and was ashore at 13:50. With assistance from the CG cliff team the body was recovered and taken by Y boat to the ALB leaving one crew member ashore. He was then picked up by the Y boat which was recovered onto the ALB at 14:40. The lifeboat returned to station at 14:45 and was back alongside at 15:10 where the body was handed into the care of the Coroners Officer.
13/03/11 13:08 Fog, very poor vis SSE f 4 Calm 13/03/11 14:35 Power boat with fouled propeller
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2. Solent CG paged our LOM at 13:00 to request that we launch to assist a 21ft power boat with 2 PoB off Telscombe Cliffs that had fouled both propellers in poor visibility. Another vessel was standing by her position. The crew were already at the boathouse on completion of an exercise and the lifeboat left the side at 13:08. Visibility was very poor, at times less than 100 metres. When we were under way we received a report that the vessel had partially cleared the netting and was making way at 8 knots towards Brighton Marina. The lifeboat arrived on scene with the casualty off Rottingdean at 13:32 and escorted them into the marina. We stood by until they were safely alongside their berth at 13:45. The lifeboat returned to station at 13:50 and was back on our berth at 14:23.
23/02/11 11:40 Fog, fair vis SSW f 5 Moderate 23/02/11 13:45 Sailing vessel reported in difficulties
The casualty was unable to set his sails properly and was being set closer inshore  
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1. Our LOM was paged by Solent CG at 11:33 to request that we launch following 999 calls from ashore at Seaford Bay concerning a 30ft sailing vessel thought to be in trouble 50m off the shore and apparently unable to sail due to problems with the sails. The crew were paged at 11:33 and the lifeboat left the side at 11:40 and arrived on scene at 11:47. Newhaven CG mobile was on scene and had the casualty under observation. We found the vessel to be sailing with a reefed foresail which was poorly trimmed. The single PoB reported that he was on passage from Newhaven to Eastbourne but had run out of fuel and had problems setting the sails. Our offer of a tow was declined so we escorted the vessel towards Newhaven. At 12:05 it appeared the vessel would not be able to sail out of the bay and was being set closer to the shore in only 2.5m of water. A crewman was transferred on board and at 12:13 a tow was established and the vessel towed into deeper water and then into harbour. The vessel was brought up alongside the lifeboat and placed alongside a berth in the marina into the care of Newhaven CG at 12:30. We were concerned for the casualty who appeared disorientated and slightly irrational so an ambulance was requested. An ambulance and paramedic response vehicle arrived and after assessment the casualty was confirmed to be suffering 2nd stage hypothermia. He was then transferred at 13:00 with his dog to the lifeboat and taken to our boathouse for warming and further treatment by the paramedic. The lifeboat was back alongside at 13:03.
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)
TSS = Traffic Separation Scheme - often referred to as a Shipping Lane