2012 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

16/12/12 14:50 Rain squalls, poor vis SSW f 5 Moderate 16/12/12 16:15 Recovery of dog from the water  
40. A dog had been swept off the undercliff promenade at Peacehaven while being walked by its' owners. Newhaven CG were already in attendance with Sussex Police and the owners and the dog was believed to be dead. Newhaven CG had made repeated attempts to recover the dog with throw bags but were unable to reach it. There was concern that the distraught owners would enter the sea to attempt to recover their pet so at 14:40 our LOM was paged by Solent CG to request that we launch to recover the dog's body. The crew were paged at 14:42 and the lifeboat left the side at 14:50 arriving on scene at 15:05 to find the dog about 40 feet from the shore. With shallow water and a rapidly falling tide the lifeboat was not able to get alongside the dog so a crew member in a dry suit attached with a safety line entered the water to recover the body. The crew member and dog were pulled back to the lifeboat and recovered. We left the scene at 15:34 and arrived back on our berth at 15:55 where the owners were re-united with their dog.
07/11/12 14:32 Fair, good vis WSW f 5 Moderate 07/11/12 15:45 Search for missing person
39. Following a report from Sussex Police that an elderly man was missing after having left a suicide note Police and Coastguard units were carrying out a search along the cliffs and undercliff walk near Telscombe Tye. At 14:26 Solent CG paged our LOM to request that we assist in the search. The crew were paged at 14:27 and the lifeboat left the side at 14:32. We were tasked to search the shoreline from Friars Bay to the Portobello outfall and the Y boat was launched at Friars Bay with 2 PoB to carry out a search close inshore. We were then requested by Newhaven CG to make for the western end of the search area due to the incoming tide. We arrived at that area at 14:50 and soon spotted an object at the base of the cliffs but as we were guiding CG units towards the position Police Helo H900 spotted a body on the shoreline just west of our position. They quickly conned CG units to the location and in view of the incoming tide we were asked by Newhaven CG to stand by until the shore parties were safely clear of the beach with the body. We then recovered the Y boat and returned to Newhaven and the lifeboat was back on our berth at 15:35.
06/11/12 17:10 Fair, good vis WNW f 4 Moderate 06/11/12 20:37 Sailing vessel with engine failure and damaged sails
38. Our LOM was paged by Solent CG at 16:57 to request that we launch to assist an 84ft Dutch sailing vessel 7NM SSE of Newhaven which had suffered damage to it's sails and had water contamination in the diesel tanks. The vessel was on passage to the Caribbean with 8 PoB. The crew were paged at 17:02 and the lifeboat launched at 17:10 arriving on scene with the casualty at 17:37. The vessel was still making way in the wind despite having no propulsion so we had them turn their helm to bring it into the wind. Our tow was passed but it took some time for the casualty's crew to make it fast. At 18:00 we started a tow towards Newhaven at about 5 knots. We shortened up the tow outside the harbour and we entered Newhaven at 19:50. Opposite the marina we brought the vessel alongside the lifeboat and manoeuvred it onto a berth on the east quay into the care of Newhaven CG. This took a long time as the casualty weighed 80 tons. We left the casualty at 20:25 and were back on our berth at 20:28.
30/10/12 15:14 Fair, good vis WSW f 3 Slight 30/10/12 16:05 Dory with machinery failure
37. Solent CG paged our LOM at 15:07 to request that we launch to assist a 16ft dory with 3 PoB which had suffered engine failure approximately 1NM SSE of Newhaven. The crew were paged at 15:10 and the lifeboat left the side at 15:14 and headed towards the reported position. As we left the harbour we could see a dory under way but nothing stopped in the area. We approached the moving dory at 15:25 and confirmed it was the casualty. They had an intermittent electrical fault which had earlier prevented the engine from starting and had informed Solent CG that they were underway but due to problems with the local transmitter the message could not be passed to us. We escorted the vessel back to harbour and left it at 15:48 as it passed our berth back up the river.
19/10/12                                         19/10/12           Fishing vessel with machinery failure
36. ***** Full details to follow *****
06/10/12 10:58 Fair, good vis NNE f 3 Calm 06/10/12 11:40 Unconfirmed object spotted thought to be a mine
35. Our LOM was paged by Solent CG at 10:47 to request that we launch to investigate an object which had been spotted by Newhaven NCI the nature of which was unconfirmed but was believed could be a mine. The crew were paged at 10:55 and the lifeboat launched at 10:58 and proceeded to the reported position approximately 1.8NM SE of Newhaven. As we passed the wave-rider buoy in Seaford Bay at 11:14 it was confirmed by Newhaven CG who had joined Newhaven NCI in the lookout that was the object which had been sighted. We went alongside the buoy to confirm it was in the charted position and Solent CG requested that we carry out a search of the surrounding area to ensure there was nothing else there. Nothing further was found and we were stood down at 11:29 and returned to station arriving back on our berth at 11:29.
21/09/12 14:51 Cloudy, fair vis WSW light airs Smooth 21/09/12 15:50 Fishing vessel with machinery failure
34. Solent CG paged our LOM at 14:46 to request that the lifeboat launch to assist a 15ft dory with 2 PoB which had broken down approximately 0.5NM south of Seaford Head. The crew were paged at 14:49 and the lifeboat left the side at 14:51 arriving on scene at 15:05. A tow line was passed and at 15:08 the tow to Newhaven was started. The vessel was berthed in the marina into the care of Newhaven CG and the lifeboat was back on our berth at 15:35.
14/09/12 16:35 Fair, good vis W f 4 Calm 14/09/12 20:30 Motor vehicle in river
33. Our LOM was contacted by Solent CG to request that the lifeboat launch to deploy the Y boat into the Cuckmere river to assist Birling Gap CG, East Sussex Fire & Rescue and recovery teams to salvage a car which had entered the river several hours earlier with the occupant escaping without injury. On scene south of the Cuckmere the Y boat was launched with 3 PoB and made its way through heavy surf onto the shingle beach. At low tide the Y boat was dragged for several hundred metres through shallow water and shingle banks before the main river was reached. Arriving at Exceat bridge at 17:45 the vehicle was spotted with just the roof above water. The Y boat picked up one of the recovery team with tools and after considerable effort a tow harness was secured to the vehicle. It was dragged to the river bank where the Y boat crew helped attach additional lifting strops before the vehicle was craned out onto a low loader. The Y boat left the scene at 19:10 and made its way down river and then back out to the ALB where it was recovered and the lifeboat returned to station at 19:54 and was back on our berth at 20:10.
13/09/12 17:13 Fair, good vis WSW f 5 Moderate 13/09/12 18:30 Speedboat with engine failure
32. Solent CG paged our LOM at 17:06 to request that we launch to assist a 16ft speedboat with 3 PoB which had suffered engine failure and gone aground at the eastern end of Seaford Head at Hope Gap. The crew were paged at 17:08 and the lifeboat launched at 17:13 arriving on scene with the casualty at 17:29. As the lifeboat approached one person could be seen in the water holding the vessel off a rock ledge so the casualties were asked to paddle towards the lifeboat as a line was thrown to them. When the vessel had been towed into deeper water it was brought up alongside and the 3 persons were transferred onto the lifeboat and a crew member out aboard the speedboat. The vessel was towed to Newhaven where it was handed into the care of Newhaven CG at 18:20. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 18:25.
02/09/12 10:00 Overcast, poor vis SW f 5 Moderate 02/09/12 13:10 Motor-sailer with machinery failure
31. While on a navigation exercise to Eastbourne we were contacted at 11:08 by Solent CG to request that we assist a 20ft motor-sailer with 1 PoB which had broken down while on passage from Eastbourne to Brighton and was approximately 3 cables off the shore at Cuckmere. There was a flood tide and onshore wind and the occupant was unable to anchor the vessel. We headed for the position given at full speed and arrived on scene at 11:32 to find the casualty had managed to sail further offshore using a small mizzen sail. Having established all was well on board apart from the engine failure our tow line was passed and we towed the vessel towards Newhaven. Inside the harbour the casualty was brought up alongside the lifeboat before being placed alongside the fuel berth into the care of Newhaven CG at 12:47.
01/09/12 13:25 Clear sky, good vis WSW f 4 Slight 01/09/12 14:40 Motor boat with machinery failure
30. Solent CG paged our DLA at 13:17 to request that we launch to assist a 20ft motor boat with 1 PoB which had broken down approximately 3NM west of Newhaven while on passage to Shoreham. The crew were paged at 13:21 and the lifeboat left the side at 13:25 arriving on scene with the casualty at 13:40. The vessel was found to be at anchor from the starboard quarter and the lifeboat was brought alongside down tide and a crew member put aboard to assist with recovery of the anchor and securing the tow. Our tow line was passed at 13:50 and the vessel was towed towards Newhaven. As we approached the harbour arrangements were made to pass the tow over to Peter Leonard’s workboat. When we were alongside the marina the tow was passed over at 14:15 and the lifeboat was back on our berth at 14:25.
26/08/12 17:43 Overcast, good vis WSW f 6 Moderate 26/08/12 19:05 Persons possibly cut off by the tide under cliffs
29. Solent CG paged our LOM at 17:34 to request that we launch to check under the Seven Sisters for persons cut off by the tide. 3 people had been seen by a member of Birling Gap CG in a position where they would be cut off and they had not been seen to leave the area. The crew were paged at 17:36 and the lifeboat left the side at 17:43 arriving on scene at 18:01. The lifeboat carried out a shoreline search from Cuckmere Haven east to Birling Gap and as nothing was found we then returned searching from east to west. There was still no sign of anyone cut off when we returned to Cuckmere Haven so at 18:22 we were stood down and returned to station. The lifeboat was back alongside at 18:53.
23/08/12 01:20 Clear sky, good vis NW f 1 Smooth 23/08/12 03:50 Boy reported missing
28. Our LOM was paged by Solent CG at 01:08 to request that we help to search for a 16 year old autistic boy who had been reported missing and his bike had been found by the marina slipway. The crew were paged at 01:13 and the lifeboat left the side at 01:20. The Y boat was immediately launched with 2 PoB to search between pontoons and boats in the marina near to where the bike was found. The ALB searched the main channels of the marina using searchlights and night sights. Newhaven CG units ashore joined police in carrying out searches of pontoons and boats. After a comprehensive search of the whole marina the search was extended with the ALB searching both sides of the river from the swing bridge to the outer harbour including both sides of the east pier. The Y boat searched all around Denton Island and the main river as far as the swinging berth. At 03:25 with nothing found all units were stood down and the Y boat was recovered. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 03:40. We are pleased to report that the missing boy turned up at home safe and well in the morning.
15/08/12 20:00 Clear sky, good vis SW f 4-5 Slight to moderate 16/08/12 00:15 Person fallen from cliff
27. Having been stood down from the previous incident we were tasked at 21:25 to a person reported by Eastbourne CG cliff team to have gone over the cliff 1 cable east of Beachy Head. We arrived on scene at 21:40 as the CG cliff team were lowering a man over the top. The lifeboat was taken very close to the cliff base and we searched the area with searchlights. Police helo H900 arrived back on scene having re-fuelled at Shoreham Airport and started to search the area with searchlights and infra-red camera. Before long they located a target that was moving among some rocks at the base of the cliffs very close to the water's edge. Our Y boat was launched again with 2 PoB and full medical equipment for the possibility of recovering a severely injured person. Once ashore 1 crew member made a search of the rocks while the other tried to hold the Y boat in the surf. Unable to find the casualty the Y boat crew asked H900 to pinpoint the position and when they did so a 14 year old boy was discovered hiding in a rock crevice. He was uninjured and uncommunicative but it was quickly established he was not the male who had fallen from the clifftop. It was soon confirmed that this person was known to the Eastbourne CG team as they had been tasked to him before on a number of occasions. Despite repeated attempts over a period of approximately 1.5 hours to coax him from the crevice he remained uncommunicative and would not move. The Y boat crew remained with him until high water had passed and after several discussions with Dover CG it was decided nothing further could be done. After one last attempt to get the boy to leave with them the Y boat crew left him at 23:15 and returned to the ALB when the Y boat was recovered. The lifeboat was back alongside at midnight.
15/08/12 20:00 Clear sky, good vis SW f 4-5 Slight to moderate 15/08/12 N/A Report of person cut off by tide climbing cliff
26. Solent CG had taken a 999 call from a foreign woman stating that she was cut off by the tide at the Seven Sisters Country Park and attempting to climb the cliff. The crew were at the boathouse conducting a search exercise when the LOM was paged at 19:55 to request that we launch to assist with locating the casualty. The lifeboat left the side at 20:00 and we were requested to carry out a shoreline search from Cuckmere Haven to Beachy Head. On scene at 20:09 our Y boat was launched with 2 PoB to search close inshore while the ALB ran along the coast with crew searching the cliff and shoreline. Police helo H900 was also on scene and carried out a search of the area both visually and using infra-red camera. The clifftop was searched by CG units from Eastbourne and Birling Gap. We carried out our search continuing to the east of Beachy Head but nothing was found by any of the search units and despite repeated attempts Solent CG had been unable to contact the woman again so at 21:10 the search was called off. We returned towards Newhaven and recovered our Y boat which was off Cuckmere Haven when at 21:25 we were re-tasked as above.
12/08/12 08:53 Clear sky, good vis ESE f 3 Slight 12/08/12 09:40 Report of unmanned vessel
25. Our LOM was paged at 08:40 by Solent CG to request that we investigate a vessel under observation by Birling Gap CG approximately 2NM south of their position and they were unable to determine if anyone was on board. The crew were paged at 08:46 and the lifeboat left the side at 08:53 arriving on scene at 09:14. The vessel was an empty, partially inflated liferaft and it was taken on board the lifeboat and details passed to Solent and Birling Gap CGs. We returned to station at 09:15 and the lifeboat was back on our berth at 09:35.
09/08/12 16:55 Dense fog Light airs Calm 09/08/12 19:05 Jet ski broken down in dense fog  The lifeboat leaving harbour in fog 
24. Solent CG paged our LOM at 16:45 to request that we launch to assist a jet ski with 2 PoB which had broken down at Birling Gap. The occupants had entered the water and swum to the beach towing the jet ski. Birling Gap CG, who were in attendance, were concerned that even if they got the engine started they would have difficulty getting back to Seaford beach in almost zero visibility. The crew were paged at 16:46 and the lifeboat launched at 16:55 at reduced speed because of the dense fog. On scene at 17:31 we called Birling Gap CG for a direction finding bearing as it was impossible to see the casualty from 1 cable off. The Y boat was launched with 2 PoB to go into the beach where one of the casualties was found to be extremely cold and close to hypothermia. The Y boat collected both occupants and towed the jet ski to the ALB where the casualties were taken aboard and wrapped in blankets. One crew member went aboard the jet ski and the Y boat followed as the ALB towed the jet ski to Seaford beach. On arrival the Y boat took the 2 casualties back on board and transferred them and the jet ski into the care of Newhaven CG on the beach. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 18:38.
29/07/12 14:00 Clear sky, good vis SW f 6 Moderate - 1.5m swell 29/07/12 16:10 Speedboat driven ashore on beach  The occupants from the vessel were on the shoreline trying to save it  The vessel was awash with waves continuously breaking over the stern  
23. Our LOM was paged by Solent CG at 13:53 to request that we launch to see if we could assist a 21ft speedboat with 5 PoB which had suffered engine failure and been driven ashore on the west beach approximately 50m west of Newhaven breakwater. Newhaven CG were already on scene and reported that the 5 occupants were on the water's edge trying to save their vessel. The crew were paged at 13:53 and the lifeboat left the side at 14:00 arriving on scene at 14:09. The vessel was awash and as it was stern to the sea waves were continuously breaking over the transom. Low water was at 14:27 so we stood by to see if the tide would fall sufficiently to enable the vessel to be baled out as if we had towed it off whilst awash it would have sunk but even when the tide was at its lowest waves were still breaking over the stern. The owner had access to a Land Rover with a winch and we suggested if the vessel could be pulled clear of the waves and baled then turned head to sea we would be able to tow it off. When that had been done we went close into the beach bow first and threw a heaving line ashore to Newhaven CG who pulled our towline across and attached it to the vessel. At 15:11 we then towed it off the beach and into deeper water from our bow before transferring the tow aft and taking the vessel into Newhaven. It was handed into the care of Newhaven CG in the marina at 15:38. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 15:42.
22/07/12 14:10 Clear sky, good vis SSE f2 Slight 22/07/12 16:00 Power boat with engine failure
22. Solent CG paged our LOM at 13:59 to request that we launch to assist a 20ft power boat with 2 PoB which had suffered engine failure 4NM south of Belle Toute lighthouse approximately 6NM ESE of Newhaven. The crew were paged at 14:03 and the lifeboat left the side at 14:10 arriving on scene at 14:35. Having established that all was well on board apart from the engine failure our towline was passed and we started a tow towards Newhaven. We entered the harbour at 15:20 and the casualty was brought up alongside the lifeboat and then taken to the end of the marina slipway where it was handed into the care of Newhaven CG at 15:32. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 15:36.
23/06/12 12:00 Clear sky, good vis WSW f 5 Moderate - 2.5m swell 23/06/12 14:00 Report of 2 persons cut off by tide under cliffs
21. While the LOM and members of the crew were at the station taking part in a Storm Force Day for young lifeboat supporters, information was received from Solent CG that a member of the public had reported 2 persons cut off by the tide under Seaford Head. The lifeboat launched at 12:00 and the Y boat was made ready for launching as we left harbour. The wind had been gale force for the previous day and a large swell was running so there was doubt that we would be able to deploy the Y boat. Arriving on scene at 12:12 the 2 persons were spotted on an isolated area of beach and there was a heavy dumping surf. It was 2 hours before high water and although there was still 2m for the tide to rise there was a fairly large area of beach exposed. It was deemed not viable to effect a rescue by Y boat so Newhaven CG who had already been sent started to set up rescue gear for a cliff evacuation and CG Rescue Helo 104 was tasked. We stood by and tried to pass information to the casualties by loud hailer until the helo arrived on scene at 12:44. We then stood by further off the shore as the 2 persons were winched up by Helo 104 and landed on the golf course at the top of the cliffs when we were released to return to station. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 13:21.
20/06/12                                              20/06/12             Cabin cruiser going ashore
20. ***** Full details to follow *****
03/06/12 11:25 Cloudy, good vis WSW f 5 Moderate 03/06/12 13:30 Report of 2 persons overdue in kayak   The lifeguards IRB can be seen approaching the lifeboat as the situation was assessed  The lifeboat stood by as the lifeguards IRB went ashore on the cut off beach
19. While we were conducting an exercise with Newhaven NCI the lifeboat was tasked to search for 2 persons reported overdue from a fishing trip. They had set off from Seaford beach in an inflatable kayak and had advised a friend ashore that he should contact the emergency authorities if he had not heard from them again after an hour which he had not by 11:25. The lifeboat proceeded to the Seaford Head area where Seaford Lifeguards IRB had already been deployed. We arrived on scene at 11:33 and the casualties were spotted on an isolated beach under the cliff. As we stood by the Lifeguards IRB went ashore and quickly recovered the 2 persons. They were transferred to the lifeboat as it was considered too rough to land them back on the beach where they had set off. The lifeboat escorted the IRB back to it's launch position and when they were safely ashore proceeded back to Newhaven where the casualties were landed at our berth into the care of Newhaven CG. The lifeboat returned to sea to resume our exercise and was back alongside at 13:22.
22/05/12 15:30 Clear sky, good vis N f 2-3 Smooth 22/05/12 16:40 Dory with engine failure
18. Solent CG paged our LOM at 15:23 to request that we launch to assist a 17ft dory with 1 PoB which had suffered failure of both the main and auxiliary outboard engines. The vessel had broken down near the swing bridge and the occupant had managed to secure a line to the bridge timberwork. The crew were paged at 15:27 and the lifeboat left the side at 15:30. The Y boat was launched at 15:37 with 2 crew aboard and they arrived on scene with the casualty vessel at 15:40. The vessel was taken under tow up the river towards their mooring on Denton Island but our retired coxswain, who has a boatyard there, informed us there would be insufficient water to reach the berth. The casualty was therefore towed down to the lifeboat station and put alongside ahead of our berth into the care of Newhaven CG at 16:15. The Y boat was recovered and the lifeboat was back alongside our berth at 16:20.
18/05/12 18:32 Rain, poor vis SSW f 5 Slight 18/05/12 19:28 Motorboat with engine failure
17. Our LOM was paged by Solent CG at 18:23 to request that we launch to assist a 16ft motorboat with 1 PoB which had reported they were broken down just at the entrance to Newhaven harbour. The crew were paged at 18:26 and the lifeboat left the side at 18:32. There was no sign of the vessel at the harbour entrance and it was spotted further to the west. The lifeboat was on scene with the casualty 1.25NM west of Newhaven at 18:49 and having established all was well on board apart from the engine failure our line was passed and a tow towards Newhaven commenced at 18:54. Inside the harbour the vessel was brought alongside the lifeboat before being placed on a mooring in the marina into the care of Newhaven CG at 19:25. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 19:28.
12/05/12 15:18 Clear sky, good vis N f 2-3 Smooth 12/05/12 16:35 Speedboat with engine failure
16. Solent CG paged our LOM at 15:09 to request that we launch to assist a 5m speedboat with 7 persons and 2 dogs on board which had suffered engine failure approximately 3 cables south of Seaford Head. The crew were paged at 15:12 and the lifeboat left the side at 15:18 arriving on scene at 15:30. The vessel was brought alongside and all the occupants were taken aboard the lifeboat as our towline was secured. The vessel was towed to Newhaven where the persons and dogs were put back aboard before the casualty was handed into the care of Newhaven CG at 16:15. The lifeboat was back alongside at 16:20.
07/05/12 21:17 Showers, good vis S f 4 Calm 07/05/12 22:00 Person reported to have jumped into the harbour
15. Our LOM was paged by Solent CG at 21:07 to request that we launch as a 999 call had been received stating that a distressed male had jumped into the water near the swing bridge. The crew were paged at 21:09 and as the lifeboat left the side at 21:17 Newhaven CG reported that the person had been sighted on the north side of the bridge. We immediately deployed the Y boat with 2 crew aboard and as they approached the bridge the person jumped into the water. He was quickly recovered into the Y boat despite his large size and he was given reassurance as he was taken straight to the lifeboat station where he was handed into the care of SE Coast Ambulance and Sussex Police. The ALB left the side again at 21:45 to recover the Y boat and was alongside again at 22:00.
07/05/12 15:10 Clear sky, good vis S f 4 Slight 07/05/12 15:55 Report of fishing vessel possibly in difficulties
14. Solent CG paged our LOM at 15:00 to advise that a member of the public on the cliff top at Peacehaven had reported seeing a small fishing vessel close inshore which may be having problems starting the engine. The crew were paged at 15:03 and the lifeboat left the side at 15:10. Whilst en route Newhaven CG mobile who had also been tasked reported that the vessel had managed to start the engine and made off at speed in a south-westerly direction. Solent CG requested that we intercept the vessel and check all was well on board. The lifeboat came alongside the vessel at 15:22 when the engine stopped again. It was confirmed that all was well on board and that he was stopping the engine while tending his gear. The lifeboat was stood down at 15:25 and was back alongside our berth at 15:40.
06/05/12 13:02 Overcast, good vis NNE f 3 Smooth 06/05/12 14:50 Jet boat with engine failure
13. While the crew were still at the boathouse after a Sunday morning exercise the Coxswain heard a call for assistance on the VHF radio at 12:58 from a 24ft jet powered boat with 3 PoB which had suffered engine failure approximately 0.5NM south of the entrance to the Cuckmere river. Solent CG and our LOM were informed and the lifeboat left the side at 13:02. On scene at 13:17 the vessel was found to be at anchor. The anchor was recovered and our towline was passed but as the vessel, being jet powered, had no steering a crew member was put aboard to deploy our casualty drogue. We commenced a tow towards Newhaven at 13:29 and the vessel was placed alongside the marina Visitors berth into the care of Newhaven CG at 14:24. The lifeboat was back alongside at 14:30.
30/04/12 18:58 Rain, good vis ENE f 6 Slight to moderate 30/04/12 20:55 Trawler yacht with overheated engine   A crew member was transferred to assist with recovering the anchor and connecting the tow  The vessel under tow towards Newhaven
12. Solent CG paged our LOM at 18:50 to request that we launch to assist a 41ft trawler yacht with 4 PoB which had an overheated engine and was disabled approximately 1NM off Peacehaven. The crew were paged at 18:52 and the lifeboat launched at 18:58 arriving on scene with the vessel, which had gone to anchor some 4NM west of Newhaven, at 19:12. We checked that all was well on board apart from the engine failure and 1 crew member was put aboard to assist with the anchor recovery and attaching our towline. A tow towards Newhaven was established at 19:40. Once inside the harbour the vessel was brought alongside the lifeboat and placed on the fuel berth into the care of Newhaven CG at 20:37 and we were back on our berth at 20:40.
29/04/12 15:38 Overcast, good vis SE f 5 Slight 29/04/12 16:00 Report of person in the water   Newhaven CG guided the lifeboat to the position of the reported object  The colour of the submerged toy lead observers to believe it could be a lifejacket
11. Our LOM was paged by Solent CG at 15:32 to request that we launch to recover a person reported to be in trouble in confused seas inside Newhaven breakwater. Newhaven CG who were also tasked had sight of the object which was believed could be a person or lifejacket. The crew were paged at 15:33 and the lifeboat left the side at 15:38 arriving on scene at 15:41 where we were conned on to the object by Newhaven CG. From alongside it was obvious that the object was a child's toy car which was recovered. Another object spotted turned out to be an empty fish box but due to insufficient depth of water it was not recovered. Having established that there was no person in trouble the lifeboat was stood down at 15:47 and we were back on our berth at 15:56.
15/04/12 15:35 Overcast, good vis N f 3 Slight 15/04/12 17:05 Cabin cruiser with engine fire
10. Solent CG paged our LOM at 15:26 to request that we launch to assist an 18ft cabin cruiser with 2 PoB approximately 1NM ESE of Newhaven which had suffered a fire in the outboard engine. The crew were paged at 15:28 and the lifeboat launched at 15:35 arriving on scene at 15:45. Once alongside it was found that the fire had gone out and the 2 occupants were unharmed so they were taken aboard the lifeboat. Our towline was attached and we started to tow the vessel towards Newhaven at 15:55. Whilst under tow we found that the vessel had come from Denton Island so it was decided to again launch the Y boat to continue the tow under the swing bridge. The Y boat was launched just south of the bridge with 3 PoB and the occupants were put back aboard their vessel and the Y boat took over the tow to the slipway where their trailer was waiting. The casualty was handed into the care of Newhaven CG at 16:45. The Y boat was recovered south of the bridge and the lifeboat was back on our berth at 16:55.
14/04/12 16:14 Clear sky, good vis NE f 4 Slight 14/04/12 18:00 Vessel taking on water
9. Our LOM was paged at 16:03 to request that we launch to assist a 20ft cabin cruiser with 2 PoB which was taking on water approximately 3.5NM west of Newhaven. The crew were paged at 16:06 and the lifeboat left the side at 16:14 arriving on scene with the casualty at 16:25. One of our crew was put aboard the vessel and the 2 occupants were taken aboard the lifeboat. It was quickly established that the ingress of water had slowed if not stopped so a tow was established towards Newhaven at 16:35 during which time our crew member aboard cleared some of the water by baling. With the prevailing wind and tide conditions it was decided that it would be difficult to get the casualty into the marina slipway alongside the lifeboat so off the marina entrance the Y boat was launched with 2 PoB to take over the tow. The 2 persons were taken back aboard their vessel which was taken alongside the Y boat and manoeuvred onto the slipway where it was handed into the care of Newhaven CG at 17:44. The Y boat was recovered and the lifeboat was back on our berth at 17:50.
08/04/12 14:30 Overcast, good vis WSW f 4 Slight 08/04/12 15:50 Kayaker requiring assistance   A line attached to the kayak was thrown to Newhaven CG on the beach so that they could pull it ashore  The casualty still in the survival bag was taken ashore by Y boat and landed into the care of Newhaven CG
8. A party of 3 persons in kayaks left Cuckmere Haven heading towards Seaford but at approximately 14:10 one capsized and the occupant was unable to get back into his kayak. He was able to make it to the shore but he was cut off by the tide so the other 2 in the party headed back to the Cuckmere to raise the alarm. Solent CG paged our LOM at 14:19 to request that we launch to assist. The crew were paged at 14:22 and the lifeboat left the side at 14:30. The reported position was 0.5NM west of the Coastguard cottages at Cuckmere. Arriving on scene at 14:43 we spotted the kayak 2 cables west of Hope Point and the casualty was then seen on rocks at the base of the cliff approximately 1 cable further to the west. The Y boat was launched with 2 PoB at 14:50 and the casualty was recovered from the shore. He was found to be extremely cold and as soon as he was in the Y boat he was placed in a survival bag and fitted with a neoprene balaclava. He was taken aboard the ALB where he was placed in the wheelhouse and further wrapped in blankets and found to be ok apart from very cold. The kayak was recovered by the Y boat and taken aboard the ALB before the Y boat was also recovered. At the request of Newhaven CG ashore with the first informants we then proceeded to the Martello Tower at Seaford to land the casualty there. A line was first thrown to Newhaven CG on the beach so that they could pull the kayak ashore and the Y boat was then re-launched and the casualty taken to the beach and landed into the care of the CG team at 15:19. The Y boat was recovered and we returned to station arriving back alongside at 15:38.
28/03/12 17:35 Clear sky, fair vis WSW f 1 Calm 28/03/12 19:10 Motor vessel with machinery failure   As the casualty was taken under tow the Dredger 'Thames' which had stood by until our arrival left the scene
7. An 8m motor vessel with 1 PoB had suffered possible gearbox failure and the occupant had contacted Solent CG by mobile phone to request assistance. Solent CG broadcast a VHF radio message requesting any vessels near the entrance to Newhaven harbour to assist as the casualty believed he was within 1NM of the breakwater. A local fishing vessel offered to provide a tow but was unable to locate the casualty in the reported position. Owing to the uncertainty of the position of the casualty vessel and with a haze developing Solent CG paged our LOM at 17:30 to request that we launch to assist. The crew were paged at 17:32 and the lifeboat left the side at 17:35. The dredger "Thames" spotted the vessel approximately 3NM SW of Newhaven and reported the position and offered to standby until we arrived at 18:00. Our towline was passed and the vessel was towed to Newhaven where it was brought alongside the lifeboat before being returned to it's berth in the marina into the care of Newhaven CG at 18:55.

Regrettably as we passed through the narrowest point of the harbour on our way to assist the casualty one of a group of youths threw a rock at the lifeboat hitting the wheelhouse and narrowly missing crew members readying ropes on deck. The youths were filmed on the boat's video and the incident was reported to the port authority. They contacted the police and also filmed the group and sent a supervisor who questioned the youths until Sussex Police arrived. The offending youth from Peacehaven was issued a police caution.

25/03/12 09:40 Clear sky, good vis NNE f 4 Slight 25/03/12 11:30 Fishing vessel with fouled rudder
6. Whilst the crew were preparing to go out on exercise our LOM was paged by Solent CG at 09:37 to request that we launch to assist an 8m fishing vessel with 1 PoB which had suffered steering failure approximately 5NM SW of Newhaven. The lifeboat left the side at 09:40 and arrived on scene with the casualty at 10:00 to discover the vessel had a rope around the rudder. Having checked all was otherwise well on board our towline was passed and a tow towards Newhaven started at 10:05. Our arrival at the harbour coincided with the departure of the cross-channel ferry so we stood off until it had cleared the entrance. Inside the harbour another local fishing vessel took over the tow of the casualty at 11:20 to return it to it's berth. The lifeboat then proceeded back to sea to resume our planned exercise.
27/02/12 12:20 Fog, poor vis WSW f 3 - 4 Slight 27/02/12 14:30 Recovery of body fallen from cliffs
5. Our LOM was paged by Solent CG at 12:08 to request that we launch to recover a female believed to be deceased from the foot of cliffs at Belle Toute. The crew were paged at 12:10 and the lifeboat left the side at 12:15. We proceeded at speed and the Y boat and medical equipment were readied en route. Birling Gap CG were on the cliff top keeping the casualty under observation. On scene at 12:40 the Y boat was launched with 3 PoB and full medical equipment in case the casualty was alive. As the visibility closed in the Y boat was talked in to the location by Birling Gap CG. The Y boat crew were on the beach with the casualty at 12:45 and could find no signs of life. The casualty was taken aboard the Y boat for transfer to Birling Gap and one crew member and the medical equipment were left on the beach. The casualty was handed into the care of the Coroner and HMCG at Birling Gap CG at 13:08. The Y boat then returned to collect the remaining crew member and equipment before being recovered aboard the ALB. We departed the scene at 13:34 and the lifeboat was back on our berth at 14:00.
18/02/12 02:44 Clear sky, good vis NW f 1 Glassy calm 18/02/12 03:10 Person threatening to jump from swing bridge
4. Solent CG paged our LOM at 02:35 to request that we launch to stand by to recover a person threatening to jump from the swing bridge. The crew were paged at 02:36 and the lifeboat left the side at 02:44. As the lifeboat proceeded up river the Y boat was being readied but before we arrived on scene the police reported that the person had been detained and was in custody. The lifeboat was stood down at 02:51.
15/02/12 16:25 Cloudy, good vis NNW f 4 Slight 15/02/12 17:30 Speedboat with machinery failure
3. Our LOM was paged by Solent CG at 16:16 to request that we launch to assist a 3m speedboat with 3 PoB which had suffered engine failure 1NM south of Seaford Head. The crew were paged at 16:20 and the lifeboat launched at 16:25 arriving on scene with the casualty at 16:39. Once alongside the vessel our towline was secured and the 2 adults and 1 child were taken aboard the lifeboat before the tow to Newhaven commenced at 16:43. Inside the harbour the vessel was brought up alongside the lifeboat before being placed on the visitors' berth in the marina into the care of Newhaven CG at 17:25.
31/01/12 13:53 Overcast, fair vis NE f 2 Smooth 31/01/12 15:19 Angling boat with machinery failure
2. At 13:40 Solent CG paged our LOM to request that we launch to assist a 6m angling vessel with 3 PoB which had suffered engine failure approximately 2NM south of Seaford Head. The crew were paged at 13:45 and the lifeboat left the side at 13:53 arriving in scene with the casualty at 14:09. Having checked the 3 persons were ok we requested that they raise their anchor and our towline was passed. A tow towards Newhaven started at 14:15. Inside the harbour the vessel was brought up alongside the lifeboat before being manoeuvred onto her berth at 14:57. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 15:03.
29/01/12 12:45 Clear sky, good vis N f 3 Smooth 29/01/12 13:45 RIB with machinery failure
1. While the crew were still at the boathouse following our usual Sunday morning exercise our LOM was paged by Solent CG at 12:38 to request that we launch to assist a 5.5m RIB with 2 PoB which had suffered engine failure approximately 2NM south west of Newhaven. The lifeboat left the side at 12:45 and was on scene with the casualty at 12:56. Having checked the casualties were alright our towline was passed and a tow was started towards Newhaven at 1300. Inside the harbour the vessel was brought up alongside the lifeboat before being placed on the visitors' berth in the marina into the care of Newhaven CG at 13:34. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 13:45.
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