2013 Callouts

Date of launch

Time of launch

Weather

Wind

Sea state at
casualty or search area

Date returned

Time refuelled & RFS

Casualty

24/11/13 14:58 Overcast, good vis N f 4 Slight 24/11/13 16:30 Angling vessel with machinery failure
55. Solent CG had received a VHF radio distress call from a 14ft day boat which was broken down and at anchor approximately 1NM south of Splash Point with 2 PoB. Our LOM was paged at 14:50 to request that we launch to assist. The crew were paged at 14:55 and the lifeboat left the side at 14:58 arriving on scene at 15:10. The casualties were requested to recover their anchor then we came alongside and took off the 2 occupants and 2 of our crew went aboard to secure the towline. We started to tow the vessel to Newhaven at 15:22 and when inside the harbour it was brought up alongside the lifeboat and then handed into the care of Newhaven CG at the marina slipway at 16:00. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 16:10.
21/11/13 14:22 Cloudy, good vis NNE f 4 Slight 21/11/13 16:22 Recovery of dog fallen from cliff
54. Our LOM was paged at 14:11 to request that we launch to recover a collie dog which had fallen from the cliff just west of Belle Toute lighthouse. Birling Gap CG were on scene with the owners and confirmed they had the dog visual and that is was alive and moving. The crew were paged at 14:15 and the lifeboat left the side at 14:22 arriving on scene at 14:43. The Y boat was launched at 14:47 with 2 PoB and one crew member went ashore to assess the condition of the dog, which could be seen on the rocky shore, while the Y boat returned to the ALB to pick up a further crew member. Miraculously despite being wet and shivering the dog was found to have no obvious injuries and was able to stand and walk. The dog was wrapped in blankets and gently placed aboard the Y boat at 15:16. The Y boat set off with 2 crew to meet with Birling Gap CG and the owners at Birling Gap. The third crew member started to walk towards Birling Gap as the tide was ebbing. The dog was landed into the care of Birling Gap CG and the owners at 15:22 to be taken to a vet to be checked for injuries. The third crew man joined the Y boat having walked back to the beach and the Y boat returned to the ALB and was recovered at 15:33. The lifeboat left the scene at 15:35 and was back alongside at 16:05.

This is the 5th time we have been called out to reports of dogs over the cliffs in the last 4 months and the only one of those where unbelievably despite having fallen approximately 300 feet the dog had survived. Please please if you walk your dog along the cliffs keep them on a lead for their own safety.

10/11/13 17:35 Part cloudy, good vis NNE f 2 Calm 10/11/13 19:34 Search for dog fallen from cliff
53. Solent CG paged our LOM at 17:16 to request that we assist in the search for a dog seen to have fallen from the cliff at Seaford Head. Newhaven CG mobile were on scene with the distressed owners but despite a search from the cliff top the dog could not be seen. The crew were paged at 17:26 and the lifeboat left the side at 17:35 arriving on scene at 17:48. The Y boat was launched with 2 PoB to carry out a search close inshore while the ALB illuminated the area with searchlights and Newhaven CG deployed white parachute flares. The Y boat searched 100m either side of the point the dog went over and investigated various objects thought to be of interest. Unfortunately nothing was found so the search was called off and the Y boat recovered. The lifeboat left the scene at 19:00 and was back on our berth at 19:20.
29/10/13 13:00 Cloudy, good vis WSW f 5 Moderate 29/10/13 14:30 Search for missing person
52. Following our callout of 27/10/13 Solent CG requested that we carried out a search in conjunction with Newhaven CG of the western breakwater paying particular attention to the rock armour which would be exposed at this time of low water. The lifeboat left the side at 13:00 and was on scene at 13:03. A slow sweep was made close to the breakwater firstly south to north and then returning before searching the breakwater end and the eastern side as far as the low tide enabled. We then proceeded to the east pier and carried out an in-depth search under the pier from the western side. We then carried out a slow speed search close inshore across Seaford Bay past Splash Point to Seaford Head before transiting back to the breakwater to join Newhaven CG mobile who had arrived from another incident. In conjunction with them we carried out a repeat search of the western breakwater. Nothing was found and all units were stood down at 14:20 and the lifeboat was back on our berth at 14:25.
27/10/13 16:25 Squally, poor vis SW f 8-9 Rough 27/10/13 23:10 Person swept into the sea  Conditions off the beach were poor with large incoming waves and a substantial backwash from the breakwater   
We rounded the breakwater at full speed to reach the reported position  Heavy breaking surf and the backwash of waves rebounding from the breakwater made conditions difficult  The Coxswain used considerable skill to hold the boat in position with minimal under keel clearance and very close to the breakwater    The helicopter pilot commented that there was white water everywhere  For the first 2 hours we remained very close to the breakwater and beach
51. In response to 999 calls reporting a teenaged boy had been swept into the sea from the west beach at Newhaven, Solent CG paged the crew at 16:19 for an immediate launch. The lifeboat left the side at 16:25 and arrived on scene at the position he had last been sighted, very close to the beach where the western breakwater joins it, at 16:32. We approached to within a few metres of the last reported position in heavy breaking surf with a substantial backwash from the waves hitting the breakwater. 2 crew members were in dry suits with lines attached so they could enter the water quickly if the casualty was spotted. In extreme conditions with 3 to 4 metre seas and in shallow water the Coxswain managed to hold the lifeboat's position for nearly 2 hours while we thoroughly searched the area with darkness having fallen about halfway through this period. Coastguard teams from Newhaven, Birling Gap and Shoreham carried out extensive searches along the beaches at Newhaven and in Seaford Bay. Sussex Police, South East Coast Ambulance and East Sussex Fire & Rescue all provided help in the searches ashore. Coastguard Rescue Helo 104 carried out a comprehensive search of the area. Having thoroughly searched the area off the beach and along the west of the breakwater we then searched the eastern side of the west breakwater followed by both sides of the east pier. We then searched from the end of the west breakwater across Seaford bay and back to the east pier at Newhaven before returning to the west beach and searching the area off the beach to the end of the breakwater twice. Finally Solent CG requested that we carried out a search from approximately 3NM west of Newhaven back towards the breakwater. It was during this last search at 21:45 with further increasing winds and torrential driving rain bringing visibility right down that Solent CG stood us down and we made a slow search through the area back to harbour arriving back on our berth at 22:25.
Regrettably despite our best efforts and those of all the other search teams ashore and in the air the casualty was not found.
06/10/13 11:55 Sunny, good vis WSW f 3 Slight 06/10/13 13:25 Recovery of dog fallen from cliff  The Y boat crew were conned on to the position by Birling Gap CG
50. We were carrying out a medical exercise in the boathouse when Solent CG telephoned to request that we launch to recover a dog which had gone over the cliffs at the Seven Sisters. The distraught owners were at the scene with Birling Gap CG mobile and the dog could be seen in the water. Our LOM was informed and the lifeboat left the side at 11:55 arriving on scene at Rough Brow at 12:16. The Y boat was launched with 2 PoB and Birling Gap CG conned them to the position. The dog which was unfortunately dead was recovered at 12:27 and the Y boat then proceeded to rendezvous with Birling Gap mobile at Haven Brow at the eastern edge of Cuckmere Haven. The dog was handed into the care of Birling Gap CG at 12:45. Our Y boat was recovered and we left the scene at 12:54 and the lifeboat was back on our berth at 13:15.

Please, if you are walking your dog along the cliffs keep them on a lead for their own safety.

22/09/13 10:00 Fair, moderate vis WSW f 3 Slight 22/09/13 13:19 Recovery of person fallen from cliff
49. While we were at anchor in Seaford Bay on our regular Sunday morning exercise we were contacted by Solent CG at 11:04 to request that we proceed to Seaford Head to recover a body that had been spotted at the base of the cliff by a kayaker. Our anchor was recovered and we were on scene in the reported position at 11:18. The Y boat was launched with 2 PoB and proceeded to the location given where the body was quickly located just as it was being covered by the incoming tide. The casualty was recovered onto the Y boat and transferred out to the ALB. Having passed a brief description of the casualty to Newhaven CG who were on the cliff top there was concern that clothing found was possibly not from the person found. We were therefore asked to carry out a further search east towards Hope Gap to look for a second person. Nothing further was found so at 12:19 we were stood down and after recovering the Y boat returned to station. We were back alongside our berth at 12:45 where the casualty was handed into the care of HM Coroners Officers.
20/09/13 14:37 Fair, good vis WSW f 3 Slight 20/09/13 15:00 Vessel unable to recover anchor
48. Solent CG paged our DLA to request that we launch to assist an 18ft motor boat just outside Newhaven harbour that was unable to recover their anchor. The crew were paged at 14:31 and the lifeboat left the side at 14:37. As we were proceeding to sea it was reported that a local fishing vessel had already helped to recover the casualty's anchor so we were stood down at 14:43 and were back alongside our berth at 14:48.
20/09/13 08:29 Fair, good vis NE f 3 Slight 20/09/13 09:55 Medical evacuation of sick person from yacht
47. Our DLA was paged at 08:20 by Solent CG to request that we launch to evacuate a person from a yacht 7NM south of Newhaven on passage to Brighton. The man was suffering from sea sickness and severe pain in one leg and following a link call to a doctor it was advised that he be removed to hospital at the earliest opportunity. The crew were paged and the lifeboat left the side at 08:29 arriving on scene at 08:46. The man was quickly taken aboard the lifeboat and having checked the remaining 2 persons were alright to continue their passage we headed back towards Newhaven at 08:51. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 09:10 where the casualty was assessed by paramedics from South East Coast Ambulance before being taken to hospital.
10/09/13 12:55 Fair, good vis NW f 4 Slight 10/09/13 15:30 Recovery of person fallen from cliff
46. Solent CG paged our DLA at 12:46 to request that we launch to assist with a search for possible persons fallen from the cliffs after walkers had found clothing near the cliff edge. The crew were paged and the lifeboat left the side at 12:55 arriving on scene at Splash Point at 13:07. We were requested to carry out a search of the shoreline between Splash Point and Cuckmere Haven while members of Newhaven CG searched from the cliff tops. CG Rescue Helo 104 was also tasked to assist with the search. The Y boat was deployed with 2 PoB and both boats searched towards the east. At 13:25 Rescue 104 reported having located a body in the water just east of Cuckmere Haven at Haven Brow. They lowered their winchman onto a nearby area of beach and requested that our Y boat proceed to their position to assist with the recovery. The Y boat was on scene at 13:30 to find the body just below the surface of the water and it was taken hold of just as it was sinking from view so it was slowly towed out towards the ALB. A basket stretcher was floated under the casualty to recover it aboard the ALB using a lifting strop attached to our port A-frame. Rescue 104 having carried out a final search before leaving the scene located another body under Seaford Head and recovered it before landing it into the care of South East Coast Ambulance at Splash Point. We recovered our Y boat and left the scene at 13:57 arriving back alongside at 14:08. HM Coroners Officers collected both bodies from the boathouse.
06/09/13 14:40 Cloudy, good vis SW f 5 Moderate 06/09/13 15:45 Cabin cruiser with engine problems
45. Our DLA was paged by Solent CG at 14:31 to request that we launch to assist an 18ft cabin cruiser with 1 PoB which had sent a Pan Pan call stating that he had engine failure just outside Newhaven harbour. The crew were paged at 14:35 and the lifeboat left the side at 14:40 at which time Solent CG reported that the engine had been restarted on the vessel and it was making for the harbour but we were asked to proceed to escort it. On scene with the vessel at 14:50 we escorted it into the harbour and on to the marina where we left the casualty at 15:15. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 15:20.
06/09/13 12:42 Cloudy, good vis SW f 5 Moderate 06/09/13 14:20 Sailing vessel with steering failure
44. A 10m sailing vessel with 2 PoB had suffered steering failure and having difficulty maintaining a course sent a Pan Pan call requesting assistance which was picked up by Solent CG. Our DLA was paged at 12:31 with a request that we launch to assist and the crew were paged at 12:34. The lifeboat left the side at 12:42 and was on scene with the casualty approximately 1.5NM SSW of Newhaven at 12:51. Having checked all was well on board apart from the failed steering our casualty drogue was passed at 12:59 and instructions given to stream it astern. Our towline was then passed and at 13:13 a tow was commenced towards Newhaven. Inside the harbour the vessel was brought up alongside the lifeboat and placed on the marina visitor's berth at 13:43. The lifeboat was back on our mooring at 13:56.
05/09/13 16:46 Fog, very poor vis S f 2 Calm 05/09/13 19:00 Two vessels lost in fog
43. Solent CG paged our LOM at 16:37 to request that we launch to assist a 20ft motor cruiser with 5 PoB reported to be lost in fog south of Seaford Head. The crew were paged at 16:40 and the lifeboat left the side at 16:46 and proceeded to a position 2NM south of Hope Gap. Using our VHF direction finding equipment we were able to locate the casualty despite visibility reduced to approximately 70m. Alongside the casualty at 17:24 we were checking the situation aboard the vessel when we were informed by Solent CG of another casualty who although in only 10ft of water and therefore very close to shore were unclear of their position. Having established that the original casualty was able to follow us towards Newhaven we started to escort them towards harbour. En route we attempted to locate the second vessel again by VHF direction finder but were unable to pick up their transmissions. As we approached Newhaven and with the fog clearing Newhaven CG picked up weak radio transmissions and managed to locate the vessel just south of Rushey Hill caravan park at Peacehaven. At 17:58 having checked the first casualty could safely proceed into harbour we made for the position of the second vessel and escorted them back to the port. The lifeboat was back on our mooring at 18:24.
01/09/13 17:29 Part cloud, good vis WSW f 5 Moderate 01/09/13 18:30 Report of overdue kayak
42. Our LOM was paged by Solent CG at 17:19 to request that we launch to assist with a search for a kayak with 3 PoB reported as overdue and thought to be in the vicinity of Peacehaven. The crew were paged at 17:22 and the lifeboat left the side at 17:29. Newhaven CG mobile was sent to meet with the parents of the missing persons and commence a visual search from the cliff tops at Peacehaven. As we made best speed to the search area a report was received of a vessel 0.5NM west of the Portobello buoy so we proceeded in that direction and found it to be a small orange dive RIB who's skipper had not seen any kayaks in the vicinity. Solent CG requested that we carry out a close inshore search from the west end of Peacehaven east towards Newhaven. As we started our search Newhaven CG reported that they had sighted a kayak and 3 persons on the beach and were proceeding to investigate. We headed towards the position given and Newhaven CG confirmed the kayak was the one reported overdue and all the occupants were safe and well. So at 18:00 we were stood down and returned to station arriving back on our berth at 18:23.
17/08/13 N/A Rain, moderate vis SW f 7 Moderate to rough 17/08/13 17:38 RIB with engine problems
41. During the previous service Solent CG received a 999 call from a 16ft RIB with 4 PoB reported to be 0.5NM south of Birling Gap and experiencing engine problems. We proceeded at full speed when stood down from the search for the dinghy at 16:30 and just east of Seaford Head we spotted the RIB making slow and laboured progress to the west. We closed the RIB from astern and checked the situation aboard to be told the casualties were unsure how much longer the engine would run. We had them stop and went alongside and took the 4 occupants aboard the lifeboat and attached our towline. At 16:50 we commenced a tow towards Newhaven. Opposite the marina we brought the vessel up alongside and transferred the 4 persons back board before they made their own way the short distance to the marina slipway at 17:19 where they were met by Newhaven CG. The lifeboat was back on our mooring at 17:25.
17/08/13 16:15 Rain, moderate vis SW f 7 Moderate to rough 17/08/13 N/A Sailing dinghy thought to be in trouble
40. Solent CG had received a 999 call from a member of the public reporting a small sailing dinghy had been seen to capsize near to a buoy offshore just west of Newhaven and it was thought to be in difficulties. Newhaven NCI were unable to see the vessel and Newhaven CG having carried out a search from the cliff top had not spotted the casualty. Solent CG paged our LOM at 16:06 to request that we carry out a shoreline search from the breakwater west to Rushey Hill caravan park to check areas near to the base of the cliff not visible from the cliff top. The crew were paged at 16:08 and the lifeboat left the side at 16:15 arriving on scene west of Newhaven breakwater at 16:18. As we were searching Solent CG passed information of another incident for us. With nothing found at the end of the search at 16:30 we were re-tasked as above.
10/08/13 13:08 Clear sky, good vis SW f 4 Moderate 10/08/13 16:07 Cabin cruiser with engine failure  2 crew were transferred by Y boat to assist with recovery of the anchor  Once the anchor was recovered our towline was secured 
39. Our LOM was paged at 12:58 by Solent CG to request that we launch to assist a 28ft cabin cruiser with 4 PoB which had broken down 8 cables south of Beachy Head lighthouse. The lifeboat left the side at 13:08 arriving on scene at 13:37. We approached the vessel which was at anchor to check that all was well aboard apart from the engine failure. We asked for the anchor to be recovered before our tow was passed but it soon became clear that the skipper was having difficulty doing so. To avoid damaging the vessel by going alongside we launched our Y boat with 2 crew aboard who went onto the vessel to retrieve the anchor. Once that was done a towline was passed at 14:05 and the casualty was towed towards Newhaven with our 2 crew aboard and the Y boat towed astern. Our towline was shortened before entering the harbour and when off the marina the vessel was brought up alongside the lifeboat. The casualty was placed on the marina fuel berth into the care of Newhaven CG at 15:40 and we were back on our berth at 15:41.
08/08/13 12:38 Clear sky, good vis SW f 2 Calm 08/08/13 13:45 Recovery of dog fallen from cliff
38. Solent CG had received a 999 call from a distressed owner who had lost her dog and believed it had gone over the cliff edge west of Hope Gap on Seaford Head. Newhaven CG had deployed cliff teams to try to locate the dog and Solent CG telephoned our LOM to request that we launch to assist. The crew were paged at 12:32 and the lifeboat left the side at 12:38 arriving on scene at Splash Point at 12:50. The Y boat was launched with 2 PoB to carry out a search close to the shoreline at what was approaching high water. At 13:03 the dog, which was unfortunately dead, was spotted in the water very close to the base of the cliff. It was quickly taken aboard the Y boat and transferred to the ALB. The Y boat was recovered and we left the scene at 13:15 arriving back alongside at 13:30. The dog was returned to it's owner.
06/08/13 16:37 Clear sky, good vis SSW f 3 Slight 06/08/13 18:20 Recovery of person fallen from cliff
37. Solent CG paged our LOM at 16:31 to request that we assist Newhaven & Birling Gap CG with the recovery of a body from the base of cliffs at Crow Link. The crew were paged at 16:31 and the lifeboat left the side at 16:37 arriving on scene 16:59. The Y boat was launched at 17:02 with 3 PoB and proceeded to the shore. The body and one Newhaven CG officer were transferred to the ALB and the Y boat was recovered at 17:30. The lifeboat left the scene at 17:34 and was back alongside our berth at 18:00 where the body was handed into the care of Sussex Police and HM Coroners Officers.
05/08/13 10:02 Fair, good vis S f 4 - 5 Slight to moderate 05/08/13 11:30 Paraglider landed in the sea  The waves were breaking over rocks and against the cliff face - Photo by Barry Johnson  The Y boat just entering the rocky cove - Photo by Barry Johnson
36. A passing yacht alerted Solent CG that a paraglider had landed in the sea near the base of cliffs approximately 1NM west of Newhaven. Solent CG paged our LOM at 09:56 and the crew were paged at 09:58. The lifeboat left the side at 10:02 and arrived on scene at 10:10 to find the casualty had got ashore in a rocky cove at the foot of the cliffs. The Y boat was launched with 2 PoB and it closed the position of the casualty to assess the situation. It was quickly established that other than being wet the man was unhurt and required no medical attention. Conditions in the cove were poor with waves breaking over rocks and also reflecting off the cliff faces to create a confused wave pattern. It was decided to anchor the Y boat and veer down to the casualty's position using the anchor line to steady the boat and keep it bow to the incoming waves. A line was thrown to the man for him to tie to his rig so it could be towed off as the Y boat was held among the rocks and confused breaking seas by one crewman while the other tended the anchor line. The casualty was taken aboard the Y boat and the remaining crewman clambered aboard as the boat was pulled clear of the rocks on the anchor line before the outboard motor could be started. Once clear of the breaking waves the anchor was recovered and the paragliding rig was hauled on board. The casualty, his gear and the Y boat were recovered on board the ALB and we left the scene at 10:38. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 10:53 where the casualty was checked over by South East Coast Ambulance but required no further treatment.
04/08/13 10:00 Fair, good vis S f 3 Slight 04/08/13 12:59 Injured child on beach
35. While we were entering Newhaven harbour at 11:40 in company with the Y boat at the end of our normal Sunday morning exercise a member of the public attracted the attention of the Y boat crew and reported a child injured on Seaford beach. The Y boat quickly went alongside the ALB to pick up a first aid kit and an additional medic before proceeding to the beach at the reported position behind the East Pier. On scene at 11:45 an 11 year old boy was found to have a deep cut across his heel from a broken beer bottle left in the pebbles. Our medic cleansed and dressed the wound before the boy was transferred to the ALB by Y boat at 12:00. The lifeboat was back on our mooring at 12:10 where the casualty was handed into the care of a paramedic for further treatment.
02/08/13 16:55 Clear sky, good vis SW f 2 Calm 02/08/13 18:30 Person reported missing
34. A man had been seen walking from Splash Point in Seaford Bay east towards Cuckmere Haven and there were concerns for his safety as it could not be confirmed he had reached Cuckmere. CG teams from Newhaven and Birling Gap were searching but could not see all areas beneath the cliffs due to overhangs. Solent CG paged our LOM at 16:48 to request that we launch to assist in the search. The crew were paged at 16:50 and the lifeboat left the side at 16:55 arriving on scene at Splash Point at 17:08. The Y boat was launched at 17:11 with 2 PoB to carry out a slow speed search along the shoreline while crew on the ALB searched with binoculars. Both boats searched as far east as Hope Gap and then retraced our tracks back to Seaford Bay. With nothing found by us or the CG teams ashore we were stood down at 17:38. We recovered our Y boat and left the scene at 17:42 arriving back on our berth at 17:56.
26/07/13 21:32 Clear sky, good vis WSW f 2 Calm 26/07/13 22:55 Sightings of red flares 
33. Solent CG received several 999 calls reporting sightings of red flares close inshore between Newhaven and Peacehaven. These reports were backed up by sightings from Newhaven NCI. Our LOM was paged at 21:23 to request that we launch and the crew were paged at 21:25. The lifeboat left the side at 21:32 and arrived on scene at the back of Newhaven breakwater at 21:36. The area to the west of the breakwater was searched and then the Y boat was launched with 2 PoB at 21:46. The Y boat carried out an inshore search along the edge of the rocks while the ALB searched approximately 100m further out. The search was conducted with radar, searchlights and a parachute illumination flare. We searched as far west as the promenade at Peacehaven but as nothing was found and as new information suggested the flares may have been fired from ashore we were stood down at 22:16. The Y boat was recovered at 22:20 and the lifeboat returned to station at 22:25 arriving back on our berth at 22:39.
22/07/13 21:36 Clear sky, good vis WSW f 2 Calm 22/07/13 23:35 Cabin cruiser with engine failure
32. A 5.5m cabin cruiser with 2 PoB had contacted Solent CG to report that they had suffered engine failure approximately 2NM SW of Newhaven and were at anchor. Solent CG telephoned our DLA to request that we launch to assist. The crew were paged at 21:28 and the lifeboat left the side at 21:36 arriving on scene at 21:50. Having established that all was well aboard apart from the engine failure we had the casualty raise their anchor ready to receive our towline. Our tow was passed at 22:09 and as the vessel was from Brighton Marina and had no lines or fenders to moor at Newhaven it was decided to take the casualty to Brighton. The tow was shortened up before entering the marina and once inside we handed the vessel into the care of the marina workboat and Newhaven CG at 22:53 to be taken to their berth. We then returned to station and were back alongside at 23:20.
20/07/13 08:55 Clear sky, good vis NNE f 5 Slight to moderate 20/07/13 11:58 Report of person fallen from cliff
31. Dover CG telephoned our DLA to request that we launch following a report of a bag and one-way train tickets having been found at the cliff edge at Beachy Head prompting fears that a family of three had gone over cliffs. The crew were paged at 08:44 and the lifeboat left the side at 08:55 arriving on scene at Birling Gap at 09:15. The Y boat was launched with 2 PoB to carry out a shoreline search while the ALB searched about 100m offshore. Eastbourne CG had teams carrying out a comprehensive cliff top search. As the ALB and Y boat searched eastwards to Beachy Head the cliff teams spotted a casualty on a ledge approximately 250ft down. We were asked to stand by until the casualty had been recovered as it had now been confirmed only one person was involved. When the CG cliff team were safely back at the cliff top at 11:08 we returned to station and were back alongside at 11:38.
19/07/13 21:19 Clear sky, good vis NNE f 4 Calm 19/07/13 23:00 Recovery of dog fallen from cliff
30. Whilst we were closing down from the previous service Solent CG informed us that a Spaniel had earlier fallen from the cliff between Birling Gap and Belle Toute and that Birling Gap CG were on scene at the clifftop with the owners. Our DLA had previously agreed that we should launch to recover the dog. We left the side at 21:19 arriving on scene at Birling Gap at 21:47 when the Y boat was launched with 2 PoB. Birling Gap CG were marking the position where the dog fell with lights on the clifftop. Since the tide had been flooding when the dog fell but had subsequently started to ebb and as it was not certain whether the dog had landed in the water we started a search inshore from Birling Gap with the Y boat close to the cliff base and the ALB illuminating the area by searchlight. As we reached the marked area the Y boat crew spotted the dog on a small beach just clear of the water. The dog which was unfortunately dead was recovered into a body bag and taken by Y boat to Birling Gap where it was handed over to Birling Gap CG. The Y boat was recovered and we left Birling Gap at 22:23 arriving back on our berth at 22:47.
19/07/13 19:27 Clear sky, good vis NNE f 5 Calm 19/07/13 21:15 Inflatable kayak being blown out to sea
29. Solent CG had taken a 999 call reporting an inflatable kayak with 1 PoB being blown out to sea off Peacehaven possibly holding on to a buoy. Solent CG paged our DLA at 19:16 to request that we launch to assist. The crew were paged at 19:22 and the lifeboat left the side at 19:27 arriving on scene 3NM west of Newhaven at 19:42. The casualty was asked to let go of the buoy so that we could get alongside and the occupant and kayak were brought on board. There were a number of jetskis in the area and they offered to tow the casualty to the beach where Newhaven CG were waiting once we had taken him closer. The casualty was safely ashore at 20:04. Unfortunately on the beach one of the jetskis took some stones into the water intake and the engine could not be re-started. To prevent any damage occurring until the stones could be removed we started to tow the craft back to Newhaven at 20:30. We were back on our berth at 21:12.
19/07/13 13:28 Sunny, good vis NE f 5 Slight 19/07/13 14:15 Small inflatable dinghy being blown out to sea
28. In a repeat of the previous day's callout a small dinghy was reported being blown out to sea in Seaford Bay but this time with 1 PoB. Solent CG paged our DLA at 13:16 to request that we launch to assist. The crew were paged at 13:22 and the lifeboat left the side at 13:28 arriving on scene at 13:36. The dinghy and occupant were taken aboard and at 13:40 we took them towards the beach where Newhaven CG were again waiting to receive the casualty. Again a line was thrown ashore and the casualty pulled back to the beach. We left the scene at 13:50 and were back on our berth at 14:02.
18/07/13 15:55 Sunny, good vis NE f 5 Slight 18/07/13 16:40 Small inflatable dinghy being blown out to sea
27. Solent CG paged our LOM at 15:46 to request that we launch to a small inflatable dinghy 0.5NM off the beach with 2 PoB being blown out to sea in strong offshore winds in Seaford Bay. The crew were paged at 15:49 and the lifeboat left the side at 15:55 arriving on scene at 16:01. The 2 young ladies and dinghy were quickly taken aboard the lifeboat and at 16:07 we headed back to the beach where they had launched from. Newhaven CG were on the beach when we arrived and the dinghy was re-floated and a heaving line thrown to the CG who pulled the vessel and occupants back to the shore. We left the scene at 16:15 and were back on our berth at 16:25.
12/07/13 23:15 Clear sky, good vis NNE f 2 Calm 13/07/13 00:45 Recovery of person fallen from cliff
26. A body had been found by a walker under Seaford Head and Sussex Police and South East Coast Ambulance had attended the scene and a paramedic had confirmed life extinct. They had then left the scene to allow Newhaven and Birling Gap CG to recover the body up the cliff. As the cliff team descended they came across a flint seam in the chalk which threatened to damage their ropes making it too dangerous to continue. Solent CG therefore paged our LOM at 23:07 to request that we launch to recover the body. The crew were paged at 23:10 and the lifeboat left the side at 23:15 arriving on scene at 23:25. The Y boat was launched at 23:30 with 3 crew aboard and after a short beach search the body was found and recovered to the ALB. The Y boat was recovered and we left the scene at 00:03 and arrived back at our berth at 00:17 where the body was landed into the care of Sussex Police and HM Coroners Officers. There was a considerable delay until the arrival of the Duty Undertaker and the body was removed from the station at 01:45.
10/07/13 17:20 Sunny, good vis NNE f 4 Slight 10/07/13 19:40 Person believed to have fallen from cliff
25. Our DLA was paged at 17:10 by Solent CG to request that we launch to a person reported to be possibly unconscious at the base of the cliff just east of Belle Toute lighthouse. CG Rescue Helo 104 had also been tasked to the incident. The crew were paged at 17:14 and the lifeboat left the side at 17:20. Arriving at Belle Toute at 17:40 CG Helo 104 was already on scene and Birling Gap CG and the first informant were walking east to locate the casualty. When the person was found the helo’s paramedic was lowered by winch to assess his condition but he was confirmed dead. As the helo recovered their paramedic, the first informant and Birling Gap CG our Y boat was launched with 3 crew to recover the body and take it back to Birling Gap where it was handed into the care of Sussex Police at 18:45. The Y boat was then recovered and the lifeboat returned to Newhaven at 18:54 and was back on our berth at 19:25.
03/07/13 20:07 Fair, good vis W f 4 Calm 03/07/13 21:05 Speedboat with engine failure
24. Solent CG paged our DLA at 20:02 to request that we launch to assist a 14ft speedboat with 2 PoB which had made a Pan Pan call. Seven crew members were at the boathouse on a radar training course so there was no need to page the crew. As we were preparing to launch Solent CG informed us that the vessel was actually north of the swing bridge and the occupants were holding onto the quay as a scrap ship was approaching it’s berth. The lifeboat left the side at 20:07 and the Y boat was launched with 2 crew as we approached the bridge. The Y boat was on scene at 20:15 and the speedboat was secured alongside and towed to it’s mooring in the marina. The Y boat was recovered and the lifeboat was back alongside at 20:55.
29/06/13 16:21 Sunny, good vis WSW f 5 Moderate 29/06/13 18:00 Cabin cruiser with engine failure
23. The skipper of a 6m cabin cruiser with 4 PoB put out a Pan Pan call as the vessel had suffered engine failure off Seaford Head and was being driven towards the shore. Solent CG paged our LOM at 16:12 to request that we launch to assist the vessel. The crew were paged at 16:14 and the lifeboat left the side at 16:21 arriving on scene at 16:35 when the vessel was found to be at anchor approximately 2 cables from the cliffs. It was decided to take the 2 children off the vessel so several attempts were made to go alongside while it was at anchor but conditions did not allow. We had the casualty raise their anchor and a line was passed so the vessel could be pulled up on our lee side. The 2 young girls were quickly taken on board the lifeboat and it was decided to also take the 2 adults off so 2 crew went aboard to secure the tow and the forward hatch. A tow towards Newhaven started at 16:56 and the vessel was placed on a marina berth at 17:30. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 17:32.
25/06/13 15:30 Fair, good vis WSW f 4 Slight 25/06/13 17:00 Fishing vessel with fouled propeller
22. Solent CG paged our LOM at 15:20 to request that we launch to the assistance of a 10m fishing boat with 2 PoB that had picked up a large amount of rope and net around the propeller and rudder in Friar’s Bay west of Newhaven. The crew were paged at 15:22 and the lifeboat left the side at 15:30 arriving on scene at 15:41 to find the vessel was at anchor. Having checked that all was otherwise well on board the vessel’s anchor was raised and we passed our towline. As the vessel was being towed towards Newhaven the casualty reported that a large amount of net and rope had come adrift from the stern so when we were inside the harbour arm we had the casualty try out their propulsion and steering which seemed fine. Our tow was cast off and the vessel made it’s own way back to their mooring while we returned to sea to see if we could find and recover the net. Unfortunately we could not find the net which was presumed to have sunk and so returned to station arriving back on our berth at 16:36.
19/06/13 N/A Clear sky, good vis NE f 3 Calm N/A N/A Person trapped in mud
21. Our DLA was paged at 23:49 by Solent CG to request that we launch to assist Newhaven CG to extract a person stuck in the mud north of Denton Island. The crew were paged at 23:57 but while we were preparing to launch the casualty was reported to have been rescued by Newhaven Fire & Rescue Service so we were stood down at 00:03.
18/06/13 19:16 Sunny, good vis WSW f 3 Slight 18/06/13 20:40 Sailing vessel with fouled propeller
20. Solent CG paged our DLA at 19:02 to request that we launch to assist an 11m yacht with 2 PoB 2NM south of Seaford Head which had a rope around the propeller and was drifting towards the shore unable to sail in the light winds. The crew were paged at 19:09 and the lifeboat left the side at 19:16 arriving on scene at 19:29. Having checked all was otherwise alright on board our towline was passed and the vessel was towed to Newhaven where it was placed alongside the marina fuel berth into the care of Newhaven CG at 20:10. The lifeboat was back alongside at 20:14.
14/06/13 13:00 Sunny, good vis SW f 5 Moderate 14/06/13 14:23 Medical evacuation from cargo ship
19. A crew member aboard the 72m German cargo ship "Ilka" on passage westwards to Ireland was suffering from shingles and the captain alerted the Coastguard to his condition. Following a radio link call to a doctor, organised by Solent CG, the captain explained that the man's eye was closed from swelling and was in considerable pain and he was advised that the casualty should be seen by a medical professional within 3 hours. Solent CG paged our DLA at 12:48 to request that we launch to evacuate the man to shore. The crew were paged at 12:55 and the lifeboat left the side at 13:00 arriving on scene with the casualty 1.7NM south of Belle Toute at 13:21. The lifeboat was taken alongside the ship's starboard side midships and the casualty was brought aboard with his luggage and he was made as comfortable as possible in the wheelhouse. We left the scene at 13:24 and made for Newhaven where we requested an ambulance to meet us on arrival. We were back on our berth at 13:45 and were met by an Ambulance First Responder and Newhaven CG and an ambulance. After initial care in the boathouse the casualty was taken by South East Coast Ambulance at 14:15 for further treatment.
09/06/13 15:41 Fair, good vis NNE f 6 Slight 09/06/13 16:20 Speedboat against breakwater
18. Newhaven NCI had seen a 16ft speedboat with 2 PoB broken down and blown onto the eastern side of the west breakwater and reported it to Solent CG who paged our LOM at 15:32 to request that we assist. The crew were paged at 15:34 and the lifeboat left the side at 15:41 arriving on scene at 15:45. A line was passed and the vessel was towed into the marina where it was handed into the care of Newhaven CG at 16:07. We were back on our berth at 16:13.
07/06/13 21:57 Fair, good vis NNE f 4 - 5 Moderate 08/06/13 01:45 Sailing vessel with total electrical failure
17. Solent CG paged our DLA at 21:47 to request that we launch to the assistance of a 28ft yacht with 2 PoB who had made a 999 call by mobile phone having suffered total electrical failure aboard. The crew were paged at 21:52 and the lifeboat left the side at 21:57. The last known position of the yacht was approximately 10NM SSW of Newhaven at 21:20 and it was heading towards Brighton marina. Shortly after we left the harbour Solent CG informed us they had received another phone call from the casualty who believed they were about 5NM south of Brighton and informing them they had a hand-held VHF radio but were unsure of the power left in it. We headed towards the reported position searching on radar and calling on VHF to sea if the casualty could see our searchlights. Eventually we managed to pick up the casualty on our VHF direction finder and combining radar and searchlights we found the vessel at 22:35 in a position 9NM WSW of Newhaven which put them 7.25NM south of Brighton marina. Having established the 2 persons were ok we passed our towline and commenced a tow towards Brighton. We placed the vessel onto a berth in the marina at 00:37 and after stowing lines and fenders left Brighton at 00:49 arriving back on our berth at Newhaven at 01:25.
06/06/13 12:37 Fair, good vis NE f 5 Slight 06/06/13 13:25 Dinghy being blown out to sea
16. Following a 999 call from a member of the public who reported a small inflatable dinghy with 3 PoB some 300m from the beach being blown out to sea Solent CG paged our DLA at 12:30 to request that we launch to assist. The crew were paged at 12:31 and the lifeboat left the side at 12:37. As we cleared the harbour the only dinghy visible was about 0.75NM off the shore and as we approached the occupants were waving their oars. Alongside the vessel at 12:45 we confirmed that the persons were cold but otherwise alright so they were taken on board the lifeboat and the dinghy was pulled onto our side deck. We headed towards the beach where we were met by Newhaven CG and we threw them a heaving line so they could pull the dinghy with occupants back to the beach at 12:55. We were back on our berth at 13:10.
30/05/13 14:03 Fair, good vis N f 4 Slight 30/05/13 14:40 Persons cut off by tide under cliffs
15. A local fishing boat, Valkyrie, contacted Newhaven VTS to report 4 persons apparently cut off by the tide under the Seven Sisters. Newhaven VTS passed the report to Solent CG who then called Valkyrie to obtain more information and request that they keep the casualties under observation. Birling Gap CG were tasked to assess the situation and our LOM was paged at 13:52 to request that we launch to recover the persons. The crew were paged at 13:55 and the lifeboat left the side at 14:03. The Y boat was prepared for launching but as we reached Seaford Head it was reported that all 4 persons had scrambled over a cliff fall and were able to make their way back to Birling Gap steps. At 14:10 we were stood down to return to station and we were back on our berth at 14:25.
20/05/13 01:47 Rain, good vis SSW f 2 Slight 20/05/13 03:42 Report of person lost under cliffs
14. Our DLA was paged by Solent CG at 01:30 to request that we launch following a report from South East Coast Ambulance Service that they had received a 999 call from a man saying that he was lost under the cliffs near Beachy Head and had taken an overdose. The crew were paged at 01:38 and the lifeboat left the side at 01:47. We arrived on scene at Birling Gap at 02:05 and the Y boat was launched with 2 PoB. The Y boat carried out a search close inshore while the ALB illuminated the base of the cliffs with searchlights as we headed east. Eastbourne ALB and ILB had also been launched and were searching from the east. We fired 3 parachute illumination flares during the search. As we approached Beachy Head we were informed the man had been found safe and well in Eastbourne so at 02:50 we were stood down. The Y boat was recovered and we left the scene at 03:04 and were back on our berth at 03:35.
24/04/13 14:15 Fog, poor vis SW f 4 Moderate 24/04/13 15:20 Mayday from capsized kayak   The lifeboat returning to our berth with the kayak aboard
13. Solent CG had received a mayday call from a person in the water who had capsized his kayak while fishing and was unable to get back aboard. The crew and LOM were simultaneously paged at 14:09 and the lifeboat left the side at 14:15. CG Rescue Helo 104 was also scrambled. With visibility of just a few hundred metres we called the casualty as we left the harbour to obtain a direction finding bearing. We maintained radio contact and updated bearings as we approached the scene. The casualty first heard and then saw us and we were alongside him at 14:28 to find he had managed to raise his upper body onto the kayak. He was quickly brought aboard and his kayak recovered. Our initial assessment ascertained that he was cold and had swallowed a large amount of salt water but was otherwise well so the helo was stood down. The casualty was warmed and monitored and an ambulance was requested to check for danger of secondary drowning due to the salt water swallowed. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 14:55 where the casualty was handed into the care of South East Coast Ambulance Service and after further warming and assessment he was released to go home.
21/04/13 08:10 Fair, good vis NW f 2 Slight 21/04/13 12:45 Angling vessel sinking
12. Solent CG simultaneously paged our LOM and crew at 08:02 to request that we launch to assist a 24ft angling vessel with 2 PoB that was sinking 6NM SE of Newhaven. The lifeboat left the side at 08:10 and the salvage pump was readied while under way as the vessel's own pump was reported to be unable to cope with the ingress of water. On scene at 08:30 the vessel was found to be listing with the gunwhales barely above the water. The 2 occupants were taken aboard the lifeboat and 2 crew went aboard with our salvage pump. Once the pump had reduced the water level the crew located the source of the leak to the z-drive bellows which was split. They were unable to stem the flow but the pump kept pace with the water ingress. Our towline was passed and a tow was established towards Brighton marina and arrangements were made to have the vessel lifted from the water on arrival. Brighton lifeboat met us at 10:30 at the entrance to the marina and took over the tow to go through the loch to the waiting hoist while our crew and pump remained onboard. The vessel was safely lifted and we left Brighton at 11:45 arriving back on our berth at 12:10.
16/04/13 15:55 Fair, poor vis WSW f 4 Moderate 16/04/13 18:20 Sailing vessel with rigging failure  
11. Our LOM was paged at 15:45 by Solent CG to request that we launch to assist a 7.5m sailing vessel which had broadcast a Pan Pan call following rigging failure. The vessel 3.5NM south of Birling Gap had 3 PoB and was on passage from Sovereign Marina, Eastbourne to Brighton Marina when first the forestay then the backstay parted giving cause for concern that the mast might come down given the sea conditions. The crew were paged at 15:49 and the lifeboat left the side at 15:55. En route to the scene the Y boat was made ready and it was launched with 2 crew aboard when we arrived on scene at 16:15. In two trips the 3 persons were transferred by Y boat to the ALB before our towline was connected to the vessel from the Y boat. One crew member remained aboard the casualty vessel in the shelter of the cabin. A tow towards Newhaven commenced at 16:40 and when inside the harbour the vessel was brought up alongside the lifeboat so the 3 persons could transfer back onboard and our crew member returned to the ALB. The casualty vessel then motored the short distance to the visitors berth in the marina and the lifeboat was back on our berth at 17:15.
08/04/13 17:32 Fair, fair vis ESE f 4 Slight 08/04/13 18:15 Angling vessel with machinery failure
10. Solent CG paged our LOM at 17:17 to request that we launch to assist a 20ft dory with 4 PoB which had suffered engine failure and was at anchor  0.6NM west of Newhaven. The crew were paged at 17:21 and the lifeboat left the side at 17:32 arriving on scene at 17:42. Having ascertained that all was well on board apart from the machinery failure we had the casualties raise their anchor and we passed our towline. The vessel was towed to Newhaven where it was brought alongside the lifeboat at the marina. It was then manoeuvred close to their pontoon so it could be paddled to their berth where they were met by Newhaven CG at 18:10. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 18:12.
07/04/13 19:38 Fair, good vis ENE f 3 Slight 07/04/13 20:52 Persons cut off by the tide  The Y boat returning to rescue the 3 boys cut off by the tide on an isolated beach  
9. Our LOM was paged at 19:28 by Solent CG to request that we launch to recover 4 persons cut off by the tide on an isolated beach 250m east of Splash Point under Seaford Head. 3 boys had walked along the beach from Hope Gap towards Seaford and when they were trapped by the incoming tide they telephoned their father who swam round to reassure them. The crew were paged at 19:31 and the lifeboat left the side at 19:38 arriving on scene at 19:49. The Y boat was launched with 3 PoB and went ashore. The adult was extremely cold and wet and was immediately covered in blankets, a survival bag and neoprene balaclava and was evacuated straight away by Y boat to Splash Point where he was carried to a waiting ambulance by Newhaven CG. One crew member remained with the 3 boys and wrapped them in blankets and got them into lifejackets. The Y boat returned to recover the 3 boys and took them back to Splash Point where they were reunited with their family. The remaining crew member was then collected from the beach and the Y boat recovered. The lifeboat left the scene at 20:25 and was back alongside at 20:40.
15/03/13 09:45 Fair, good vis SW f 6 Moderate 15/03/13 10:45 Vessel in unknown position thought to be in distress
8. Both Dover and Solent CG had been involved in erratic and confusing radio communications with a lone yachtsman on a 36ft sailing vessel who was unsure of his position and possibly in difficulties close inshore. Neither CG were able to ascertain his location so Solent CG telephoned our Coxswain to see if he could get a direction of the radio transmission from our DF equipment but he was unable to receive the transmissions from our mooring. Solent CG then requested that we launch and proceed to Beachy Head to try to locate the vessel so the crew were paged at 09:38 and the lifeboat left the side at 09:45. At 10:00 when we were approaching Beachy Head Solent CG informed us that the vessel had been sighted by members of the public close inshore off Bexhill and that Eastbourne lifeboat would therefore be tasked to assist the casualty. At 10:01 we were stood down and returned to station. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 10:25.
11/02/13 12:30 Cloudy, fair vis NE f 4 Slight with 0.5m swell 11/02/13 14:55 Person thought to have fallen from cliff 
7. Our LOM was paged by Solent CG at 12:18 to request that we launch following a report of clothing found at the top of the cliff just east of Birling Gap suggesting a person may have fallen from the clifftop. The crew were paged at 12:21 and the lifeboat left the side at 12:30 arriving on scene at Crowlink at 12:50 when the Y boat was launched with 2 PoB. CG teams from Birling Gap and Eastbourne were carrying out searches along the cliffs and the beaches that were accessible at the high state of the tide. The Y boat and ALB carried out a search close inshore eastwards past the position where the clothing had been found as far as Beachy Head. We checked out numerous objects spotted by ourselves and the CG both in the water and ashore but nothing untoward was found. Having searched back westwards to Crowlink with still nothing found all units were stood down at 13:42. We recovered our Y boat and left the scene at 13:57 arriving back on our berth at 14:30.
05/02/13 01:24 Part cloudy, poor vis then good W f 8 Rough 05/02/13 10:35 Man overboard from tug 
6. A tug was on passage from Dover to Brighton with 2 PoB towing a 60ft steel motor cruiser when the towline parted in gale force winds off Beachy Head. While trying to re-connect the tow one crewman fell overboard and his colleague sent a Mayday distress call informing Dover CG of their predicament. Dover CG requested Eastbourne lifeboat to launch to the incident and they left their mooring just after 00:30 and CG Rescue Helo 104 was despatched from Lee-on-Solent. When the initial search found nothing Dover CG asked their colleagues at Solent CG to contact our LOM to request that we join the search. Our LOM was paged at 01:16, the crew were paged at 01:18 and the lifeboat left the side at 01:24 arriving on scene at the start of our initial search area off Birling Gap at 01:44. Conditions were poor west of Beachy Head with winds gusting to 57 knots and driving rain/sleet. We carried out a search eastwards from the shoreline out to 1NM as far east as the Royal Sovereign tower. Dover CG then requested that we try to locate the drifting vessel and carry out a search using it as a datum. We located the vessel 2NM north of the Royal Sovereign tower at 03:45 and carried out an expanding square search. On completion of that search still with no sign of the missing man Dover CG requested that we tow the motor cruiser into Sovereign Harbour. We put our Second Coxswain aboard the vessel to connect the towline and at 05:10 from approximately 6.5NM ESE of the harbour we commenced our tow. With the assistance of Eastbourne lifeboat we moored the vessel in the loch into the marina before leaving at first light at 06:30 to commence a new search from west of the harbour westwards to Birling Gap from the shoreline out to 1NM off. CG mobile units started shoreline searches and CG Rescue Helo 104 resumed searching at first light. On completion of our 3rd search area south of Eastbourne and with still no sign of the missing man all units were stood down at 09:04. We searched back through the whole area and arrived back on our berth at 09:52.
26/01/13 19:10 Part cloudy, good vis SSW f 5 Moderate 26/01/13 20:50 Distressed person missing
5. Solent CG paged our LOM at 19:00 to request that we assist in a search for a missing 33 year old woman, thought to be suffering from suicidal tendencies, whose car had been found at a seafront car park in Seaford. She was last believed to have been sighted near the Martello Tower by a fisherman on the beach. Sussex Police and Newhaven CG teams were already searching the seafront and Seaford Head areas. Birling Gap CG were tasked to search west from the Cuckmere river. The crew were paged at 19:02 and the lifeboat launched at 19:10 arriving on scene off the site of the former Beachcomber pub at 19:19. We carried out a close inshore search using searchlights and illumination flares eastwards under Seaford Head to the Cuckmere. Just after CG Rescue Helo 104 arrived on scene at 20:03 an initial report was made that the woman had been found safe and well near to her car by Sussex Police. When the report was confirmed at 20:05 all search units were stood down and the lifeboat returned to station and was back on our berth at 20:35.
13/01/13 10:00 Fair, good vis NNE f 4-5 Slight 13/01/13 12:54 Angling vessel taking on water
4. Whilst on a search and rescue navigation exercise near the CS1 navigation buoy we were informed by Solent CG at 11:23 that a 25ft angling vessel with 4 PoB near to the Friar's Bay outfall buoy was taking on water and had suffered electrical failure. We made for the position at full speed and another angling vessel "Sea Leopard" closed the casualty to stand by until our arrival. While we were en route it was reported that the ingress of water had been stopped. We arrived on scene at 11:46 and ascertained that all was well on board apart from the loss of electrics. We passed our towline and commenced a tow towards Newhaven at 11:55. Alongside the marina the vessel was brought up alongside the lifeboat and placed on the visitors berth at 12:54 into the care of Newhaven CG and we then resumed our navigation exercise.
11/01/13 12:10 Sunny, good vis W f 2 Calm 11/01/13 13:05 Recovery of body
3. Our LOM was paged at 11:59 by Solent CG to request that we launch to a reported body in the sea approximately 50m off the beach at the access ramp at the end of Steyning Avenue, Peacehaven. Newhaven CG were in attendance with the first informant and had positioned the CG mobile in line with the casualty. The crew were paged at 12:04 and the lifeboat launched at 12:10 arriving on scene at 12:23 when we were conned on to the position by Newhaven CG. The body was recovered and the lifeboat left the scene at 12:33 arriving back alongside at 12:50 where the casualty was handed into the care of Sussex Police and the Coroner.
09/01/13 21:38 Part cloudy, good vis SW f 2 Calm 09/01/13 22:30 Report of person in trouble in the sea
2. Solent CG paged our LOM at 21:31 to inform him that Sussex Police had received reports of a person in trouble in the sea at Splash Point. The crew were paged at 21:33 and the lifeboat launched at 21:38 arriving on scene at 21:45. As the crew were about to fire a parachute illumination flare to light the area a VHF call was received from Solent CG saying that Sussex Police had been able to confirm the incident was a hoax. The lifeboat was therefore stood down at 21:47 and returned to station arriving back alongside at 22:10.
06/01/13 16:10 Overcast, poor vis WSW f 1 Calm 06/01/13 18:00 Report of persons cut off by the tide
1. Birling Gap CG had reported to Solent CG there was a possibility of persons cut off by the tide under the cliff at Flagstaff Point but due to fading light and poor visibility they could not categorically confirm that and they requested the lifeboat launch to carry out a search. Our LOM was paged at 16:01 to request the launch and the crew were paged at 16:03. The lifeboat launched at 16:10 and was on scene at 16:25 when the Y boat was deployed with 2 PoB to carry out an inshore search. A thorough search of the coastline was conducted using searchlights and parachute illumination flares but nothing was found. The lifeboat was released at 17:26 and returned to station arriving back on our berth at 17:45.
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