2014 Callouts

Date of launch

Time of launch

Weather

Wind

Sea state at
casualty or search area

Date returned

Time refuelled & RFS

Casualty

07/12/14 14:45 Clear sky, good vis WSW f 5 Calm 07/12/14 16:55 Large fire near river
46. At 14:13 the coxswain telephoned our LOM to advise him that East Sussex Fire and Rescue had requested our assistance in moving a large pump drawing water from the River Ouse to deal with a large fire in a recycling depot on the North Quay. The lifeboat launched at 14:45 and took up position south of the swing bridge. The Y boat was launched with 2 crew aboard and they headed north to assist in re-positioning the pump. With a strong outgoing tide and large amounts of flood water coming down river this was a protracted task involving deploying stakes into the river banks with ropes attached to the pump. With the pump successfully re-deployed and checked clear of weed and obstructions the Y boat left the scene and was recovered onto the ALB at 16:25. The lifeboat was back alongside at 16:35.
20/11/14 13:25 Clear sky, good vis NE f 5 Slight 20/11/14 16:45 Person jumped from pier
45. Whilst taking part in a multi-agency exercise with units from HM Coastguard, East Sussex Fire and Rescue and SEACAMB we were tasked at 13:25 to join a search for a person seen to have jumped from the Palace Pier at Brighton. We left the exercise and arrived on scene at 13:45. Brighton lifeboat and Shoreham ALB and ILB had also been tasked together with CG units and police ashore. Our Y boat was launched with 2 crew aboard and proceeded to search under the pier while our ALB joined the other lifeboats in an extensive search between the Palace Pier and the   West Pier. Nothing was found and we were stood down at 15:10 to return to station. We recovered our Y boat and left the scene at 15:30 arriving back on our berth at 16:10.
10/11/14 00:08 Thunderstorms, fair vis occasionally poor in hail and rain WSW f 6 Moderate 10/11/14 12:40 Person thought to have fallen overboard 
44. A 21m Sunseeker was discovered adrift in Brighton marina with no-one aboard after the vessel with 1 PoB was reported to be overdue having left the marina at approximately 14:30 on 09/11/14. Brighton lifeboat were tasked to tow the vessel to a mooring and commence a search of the marina. Our LOM was paged by Solent CG to request that we assist in the search and the crew were paged at 00:02 with the lifeboat leaving the side at 00:08. Our initial tasking was to search as close inshore as conditions allowed from the Portabello outfall to Brighton marina including a detailed search from the eastern end of the marina round to the entrance. Our initial search leg started when on scene at 00:23. Shoreham ALB and ILB had also been tasked to the incident as had Newhaven and Shoreham CG search teams and Recue Helo 125 which was severely hampered in it's search owing to the large amount of lightning activity in the area. We were requested to search inside the marina from the entrance to the fuel berth at the eastern end. At 00:56 our Y boat was launched with 2 PoB to join Brighton lifeboat and Shoreham ILB in a detailed search of the inside of the marina. CG search teams on the undercliff walk east of the marina spotted an object in the water which we were asked to investigate. We fired 2 parachute illumination flares but nothing was found. We carried out further searches between Brighton marina and Newhaven before all units were temporarily stood down for a break to resume searching at first light. We were back alongside at 05:30 at which time we refuelled and had hot drinks. We relaunched at 06:30 and carried out further search legs between Newhaven and Brighton marina with 2 cable spacings. CG Rescue Helo 104 joined the search as lightning activity diminished.   Despite extensive searches carried out by all units nothing was found and so at 11:35 all search units were stood down. We were back on our berth at 12:05.
30/10/14 12:34 Clear sky, good vis SW f 4 Calm 30/10/14 14:15 Cabin cruiser thought to be sinking
43. Whilst working at the lifeboat station the Coxswain heard a VHF radio call to Newhaven Port Control from a 6m cabin cruiser just west of the harbour entrance. The vessel with 5 PoB was reported to be sinking. The Coxswain contacted the Port Authority to confirm he had heard the call and then Solent CG to advise them of the situation. In view of the apparent urgency of the incident the Coxswain paged the crew at 12:26. The lifeboat left the side at 12:34 and was on scene alongside the vessel at the harbour entrance at 12:41. The 5 occupants were quickly taken aboard the lifeboat and we began to pump the water from the vessel using our portable salvage pump. The vessel was brought up alongside the lifeboat as we went onto our mooring at 13:05. As the water was cleared no further ingress could be found and it appeared that the vessel had simply accumulated a large amount of water in the bilges. The vessel proceeded under own power to it's mooring with 1 lifeboat crew member aboard. The lifeboat was ready for service at 14:15.
14/10/14 13:20 Cloudy, good vis SW f 4 Slight to moderate 14/10/14 15:25 Person fallen from cliff
42. Solent CG paged our LOM at 13:12 to request that we assist with the recovery of a body from the foot of the cliffs at Belle Toute. The crew were paged at 13:15 and the lifeboat left the side at 13:20. En route the Y boat was made ready for launching. Birling Gap CG who were on the cliff top thought the on scene weather conditions were marginal for the Y boat to effect the recovery so they requested additional assistance from Eastbourne ILB. We arrived on scene at 13:42 and the Y boat was launched with 2 crew aboard. They assesed the conditions and as Eastbourne ILB was approaching they waited for their arrival. After a brief discussion it was decided to use Eastbourne ILB to land two of their crew and one of ours to carry out the recovery. The ILB dropped off the crew members and both boats stood off while the body was prepared for removal. Once ready the ILB was held in the surf while the body and all three crew members were taken on board. Our crew member was then returned to our Y boat and Eastbourne ILB took the body back to Eastbourne. Our Y boat was recovered and we left the scene at 14:25 arriving back on station at 14:55.
04/10/14 01:55 Part cloudy, good vis SSE f 4 Slight 04/10/14 03:35 Angling vessel with electrical failure
41. At 01:41 Solent CG paged our DLA to request that we launch to assist a 33ft angling vessel with 3 PoB that had suffered electrical failure and was anchored approximately 5NM SSW of Newhaven. The crew were paged at 01:45 and the lifeboat launched at 01:55 arriving on scene at 02:11. Having checked all was well aboard except for the electrical problems we closed the casualty and had them pass their anchor line so we could recover it. Unfortunately the anchor was fouled and the line parted. At 02:30 we passed a towline and started to tow the vessel to Newhaven. The casualty was placed on a berth in the marina into the care of Newhaven CG at 03:07. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 03:15.
30/09/14 13:37 Part cloudy, good vis SW f 3 Slight 30/09/14 14:30 Paragliders ditched in the sea
40. Our LOM was paged by Solent CG at 13:29 to request that we launch to recover 2 paragliders who had ditched into the sea west of Newhaven. The crew were paged at 13:31 and the lifeboat left the side at 13:37. The Y boat was prepared for launching en route and as we approached the scene at 13:40 it was confirmed by Newhaven CG that both persons had safely made it to the shore. Their rigs were still in the water and the Y boat was launched to recover them but as were both entangled in rocks it was not possible. The chutes were left for their owners to recover them from ashore once the tide had receded. The Y boat was recovered and we left the scene at 14:00 arriving back on our berth at 14:15.
16/09/14 18:25 Clear sky, good vis NE f 3 Calm 16/09/14 20:30 Sports fishing boat with machinery failure
39. Solent CG aged our DLA at 18:17 to request that we launch to assist a 19ft sports fishing boat with 2 PoB which had broken down south of Birling Gap. The crew were paged at 18:19 and the lifeboat launched at 18:25 arriving on scene at 18:45. Our towline was passed and at 18:50 a tow was commenced towards Newhaven. Inside the harbour the vessel was brought up alongside the lifeboat before being placed on a berth in the marina. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 19:50.
14/09/14 12:58 Part cloudy, good vis ENE f 4 Slight to moderate 14/09/14 13:58 Sailing vessel with rudder failure
38. Shortly after returning from exercise a Mayday call was heard transmitted on VHF channel 12 from a 6m sailing vessel with 1 PoB. The vessel had suffered a broken rudder and was in danger of being blown ashore onto Newhaven's western breakwater. Our LOM and Solent CG were informed and the lifeboat left the side at 12:58 arriving on scene close inshore near the breakwater end at 13:05. A towline was passed to the casualty which was then towed into the harbour and placed alongside the marina visitor's berth into the care of Newhaven CG at 13:45. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 13:50.
24/08/14 10:00 Clear sky, good vis SW f 2 Calm 24/08/14 12:25 Unconscious male on angling vessel  
37. Whilst on our Sunday morning exercise engaged in a practice medical scenario approximately 1NM south of Newhaven we were requested at 11:10 by Solent CG to respond to an angler on a 28ft charter vessel who had become unconscious and was believed to have suffered a heart attack. The vessel was approximately 10NM SSE of Beachy Head and was heading at full speed of 15-16 knots towards Newhaven. We proceeded at full speed towards their position. En route medical equipment including oxygen was prepared and we received a further report that after approximately 10 minutes the casualty had regained consciousness. CG Rescue Helo 104 was also despatched to the scene. We rendezvoused with the vessel at 11:33 and 3 casualty-care trained first aiders went aboard to carry out an assessment. It was quickly established that the casualty needed urgent evacuation to hospital so both vessels headed towards Newhaven at the charter vessel's best speed. The casualty was moved into the "w" position, given oxygen therapy and reassured. When Helo 104 arrived on scene they lowered their paramedic winchman onto the charter vessel's deck and our crew conducted a medical handover. The casualty was then prepared for the airlift and shortly afterwards was winched into the helicopter and flown to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton. Our crew were then recovered from the angling vessel and we headed back to station and were alongside at 11:56.
16/08/14 14:55 Part cloudy, good vis WSW f 5 Slight to moderate 16/08/14 16:15 Motor boat with machinery failure
36. Solent CG paged our LOM at 14:48 to request that we launch to assist a 28ft motor boat with 2 PoB which had suffered engine failure 0.5NM off the shore west of Newhaven. The crew were paged at 14:49 and the lifeboat left the side at 14:55 arriving on scene with the vessel which was then only 0.25NM off the shore at 15:08. Having checked all was well aboard apart from the engine failure a towline was passed and at 15:15 we started to tow the vessel to Newhaven. The vessel was placed on a mooring in the marina into the care of Newhaven CG at 15:45. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 15:55.
16/08/14 N/A Not recorded Not recorded Not recorded 16/08/14 N/A Vessel reported to be sinking
35. At 13:40 Solent CG paged our LOM to request that we launch following a report of a speedboat with 2 PoB believed to be sinking in Seaford Bay. The crew were paged at 13:42 but at 13:44 a cancel launch page was received as it had been confirmed the speedboat was not sinking.
15/08/14 11:31 Fair, good vis NNW f 4 Slight 15/08/14 15:15 Person fallen from cliff
34. Our LOM was paged by Solent CG at 11:19 to request that we launch to assist CG units with the recovery of a body at the base of the cliffs west of Beachy Head lighthouse. The crew were paged at 11:21 and the lifeboat left the side at 11:31. En route we prepared the Y boat for launching and 3 crew donned dry-suits. We arrived on scene at 11:55 and the Y boat was launched with 3 PoB and went ashore just east of the casualty's position. The spring tide was low but flooding and the Y boat crew had to scramble quite a distance over weed covered rocks to reach the body. The casualty was placed into a bodybag but because of his size it was deemed impractical for the Y boat crew to carry him over the slippery rocks to the Y boat and we had no more crew aboard the ALB to assist. It was agreed that the CG cliff team would lower a stretcher from the clifftop and recover the body up the cliff. The stretcher was lowered and the body placed in it but shortly after the ascent started the stretcher snagged on a rock. It was freed but the same thing happened a few metres higher so the stretcher was lowered back to the rocks. Consideration was given to the Y boat crew holding the stretcher away from the cliff face with ropes but there was insufficient space for them to be clear of any debris that may be dislodged and fall. The Y boat was relaunched and stood by as safety boat as a CG cliff man was lowered to the base of the cliffs to ascend with the stretcher. When the cliff man and body were safely recovered to the clifftop the Y boat was recovered and we left the scene at 14:10 arriving back on our berth at 14:40.
14/08/14 N/A Not recorded Not recorded Not recorded 14/08/14 N/A Person intending to jump from swing bridge
33. Solent CG paged our LOM at 00:53 to request that we launch following a report of a person attempting to jump from the swing bridge. The crew were paged at 00:55 but as the crew were mustering Solent CG received a report that the person had been safely taken into custody by Sussex Police so we were stood down at 01:00 before the boat left the side.
13/08/14 19:20 Overcast, good vis SW f 5 Moderate 13/08/14 21:00 Person fallen from cliff
32. We left our mooring at 19:13 to take part in a towing exercise with Newhaven pilot boat. As we were leaving the harbour at 19:20 we were requested by Solent CG to proceed immediately to Birling Gap where a person had just been seen to fall from the cliffs and they were reported to be alive but seriously injured. We made best speed to the scene and en route the Y boat was prepared for launching, 3 crew donned dry-suits and first aid equipment was assembled. At 19:27 we received a report that a second person had fallen from the cliff in the same area and that Birling Gap CG, Sussex Police and SECAMB paramedics were making for the scene on foot from the steps at Birling Gap. CG Rescue Helo 104, Sussex Police Helo 37 and Heli-Med 54 were all heading to the scene. We arrived on scene at 19:35 and as the Y boat was being launched at 19:38 we received a report that one casualty had been declared deceased by paramedics. There was a period of confusion trying to confirm the position and condition of the second casualty. As conditions were on the limit for the Y boat to safely go ashore the crew closed the shore to try to locate a suitable landing point should it be necessary for them to do so. It was then established that there had only been one casualty and at 19:45 we were stood down as the units ashore were able to deal with the situation from there. Our Y boat was recovered and we left the scene at 20:00 arriving back on our berth at 20:33.
05/08/14 18:25 Overcast, good vis S f 3 Calm 05/08/14 20:05 Angling vessel with machinery failure
31. Our LOM was paged at 18:17 by Solent CG to request that we launch to assist a 17ft day boat with 2 PoB which had suffered gearbox failure in their outboard motor approximately 6NM south of Newhaven. Solent CG had broadcast a VHF call on channel 16 but there were no other vessels in the area that offered to assist. The crew were paged at 18:19 and the lifeboat left the side at 18:25 arriving on scene with the casualty at 18:42. Having checked that all was well on the casualty vessel apart from the gearbox failure our towline was passed at 18:45 and the vessel was towed to Newhaven. It was placed on the visitor's berth into the care of Newhaven CG at 19:44 and the lifeboat was back on our berth at 19:49.
02/08/14 19:54 Cloudy, good vis SW f 5 Moderate 02/08/14 20:30 Person in danger of drowning
30. At 19:47 Solent CG paged the crew for an immediate launch to a person in danger of drowning in the sea at Birling Gap. As the crew were mustering Solent CG paged our LOM to authorise the launch. The lifeboat left the side at 19:54 and proceeded out of the harbour at best speed. At 20:03 as we were crossing Seaford Bay Solent CG informed us that a body boarder had reached the casualty but as their condition had not been ascertained we were asked to continue towards the position. At 20:06 Solent CG confirmed that the casualty was safely ashore with Birling Gap CG and that Sussex Police and South East Coast Ambulance were attending so we were stood down. The lifeboat was back on our mooring at 20:30.
02/08/14 16:16 Fair, good vis SSW f 5 Slight to moderate 02/08/14 17:55 Report of children trapped on rock armour by pier
29. Solent CG paged our LOM at 16:06 to request that we launch to assist 2 children reported to be trapped by the tide on the rock armour on the western side of Newhaven breakwater. The crew were paged at 16:09 and the lifeboat left the side at 16:16. En route the Y boat was prepared for launch and crew members donned dry-suits. Newhaven CG mobile was also despatched to the scene. On scene at 16:20 we located the 2 persons, who were in fact adults, halfway along the breakwater. One person was wet from entering the water but we ascertained that they were happy and well. It was one hour after high water and as they were in no immediate danger and with regard to the swell and surf breaking onto the rock armour it was decided prudent not to use the Y boat to evacuate them but have them taken up the wall by Newhaven CG instead. The full cliff team were then paged and when on scene they requested that East Sussex Fire & Rescue attend as well. The Y boat and it's crew stood by should anything untoward happen during the evacuation but when all persons were safely back on top of the breakwater we were stood down at 17:32. The lifeboat was back on our mooring 17:45.
30/07/14 16:50 Fair, good vis WSW f 6 Calm 30/07/14 21:30 Fire on Eastbourne Pier  The arcade building was almost completely burnt out when we arrived on scene  With firefighters and their pump aboard we attempted to tackle the fire on the eastern side of the pier  As the tide ebbed we had to withdraw seaward until the hoses could no longer reach the affected buildings
28. Our LOM was paged at 16:37 by Solent CG following a request from Dover CG that we launch to assist with a fire on Eastbourne pier. The crew were paged at 16:40 and the lifeboat left the side at 16:50. It was ascertained that all persons had been safely evacuated from the pier and that Eastbourne ALB and ILB together with Hastings ALB were already on scene as were East Sussex Fire & Rescue, Sussex Police, South East Coast Ambulance and local Coastguard teams. En route our fire hoses were rigged and we arrived on scene at 17:19 to find Eastbourne ALB in position close to the shore. They had fire-fighters on board who were were using their own pump to spray seawater onto buildings which were in danger of catching light. We took up position alongside them and attempted to pump water onto the pier using our fire hoses which are designed primarily for fire protection rather than fire fighting. The tide was ebbing and we were continually bumping the sea bed as we stayed as close as we could to the seat of the fire. It was decided we should embark fire-fighters with an additional pump so Eastbourne ILB was requested to go ashore to transfer 4 fire-fighters and a pump out to us. With their pump rigged on board we provided a platform for ESF&R to tackle the blaze until the receding waters forced us to abandon the attempt and move into deeper water. As we were no longer able to provide the fire-fighters with an effective platform they were taken back ashore by Eastbourne ILB. With the fire brought under control fire-fighters were taken to the end of the pier by Eastbourne ILB to tackle the blaze from the seaward side. We were requested to remain on scene to provide a means of evacuation if necessary. At 20:14 when the fire had been effectively contained Dover CG stood us down and we returned to station arriving back on our berth at 20:50.
25/07/14 14:55 Thunder storms, good vis SSE f 3 Slight 25/07/14 18:10 Persons recovered from capsized vessel
27. Solent CG paged our LOM at 14:50 following a radio call from a German yacht which had picked up 2 persons from the water near a 20ft capsized cabin cruiser 1.5NM south of Peacehaven. The crew were paged at 14:52 and the lifeboat left the side at 14:55 arriving on scene at 15:10. We went alongside the yacht and took the 2 casualties aboard for assessment by casualty care trained crew. It was quickly ascertained that they had been in the water for about 15 minutes and both had swallowed an amount of sea water. It was therefore decided they needed further assessment so we headed to Brighton marina to rendezvous with an ambulance. We were alongside in Brighton marina at 15:35 and SECAMB were on board assessing the casualties at 15:50. Both were taken away for further tests to be carried out. We proceeded back to the capsized vessel and after some time managed to right it and take it under tow towards Newhaven. Inside the harbour we brought the vessel alongside and used our salvage pump to remove most of the remaining water. We then launched our Y boat to take the vessel into the marina where it was landed into the care of Newhaven CG at 17:47. We were back on our berth at 17:55.
23/07/14 20:15 Clear sky, good vis NNE f 3 Slight 23/07/14 21:00 Report of persons in distress in the sea
26. While crew were at the boathouse carrying out training our LOM was paged by Solent CG at 20:11 to request that we launch following a 999 call from a member of the public reporting that 2 girls were in the sea calling for help off the caravan site at Friars Bay, Peacehaven. The lifeboat launched at 20:15 and proceeded at speed towards the area. At 20:23 while heading to the scene it was reported that the girls were safely ashore so we were stood down. We returned to station and were back alongside at 20:40.
16/07/14 17:49 Clear sky, good vis SE f 3 Slight 16/07/14 19:23 Report of paraglider ditched in the sea
25. Our LOM was paged by Solent CG at 17:36 following a report from a member of the public that a paraglider that was seen to have jumped from the cliff near Splash Point, had drifted around the headland and may have landed in the sea. The crew were paged at 17:42 and the lifeboat left the side at 17:49. Newhaven CG mobile was also sent to the scene and they located the casualty on a beach under the cliffs cut off by the tide. The lifeboat arrived on scene at 17:56 and the Y boat was launched at 18:02 with 2 crew aboard. The Y boat went ashore and recovered the casualty, who was uninjured, and his rig. He was taken to the beach at Splash Point where he was landed into the care of Newhaven CG. The Y boat was recovered at 18:37 and the lifeboat left the scene at 18:39 arriving back on our berth at 18:50.
13/07/14 13:53 Clear sky, good vis SW f 4 Slight to moderate 13/07/14 17:00 Possible person missing from kayak
24. Solent CG paged our LOM at 13:45 to request that we launch to search for a possible person in the water after a kayak and broken paddle had been found washed up on the beach at Birling Gap. Birling Gap CG were on scene and had an object visible but could not determine if it was the occupant of the kayak. The crew were paged at 13:49 and the lifeboat left the side at 13:53 tasked to search 2 cables off the shore from Newhaven to Birling Gap. Nothing was found en route and when on scene at 14:23 the object under observation by Birling Gap CG was discounted. The Y boat was launched at 14:32 with 2 PoB to check out a number of objects Birling Gap CG could see in the surf line. The ALB continued the search east to Beachy Head and then back again to Cuckmere Haven completing 3 further search legs with 0.5NM track spacings. The Y boat accompanied by Seaford Lifeguard rescue boat searched inshore between Birling Gap and Cuckmere Haven while CG Rescue Helo 104 searched the area from east of Beachy Head to Newhaven. An exhaustive search found nothing and when it was confirmed the kayak had gone missing from the canoe club at Exceat all units were stood down. The Y boat was recovered near Cuckmere Haven at 16:10 and we returned to station arriving back alongside at 16:35.
05/07/14 09:50 Rain, good vis SW f 7 Moderate 05/07/14 11:30 Yacht with machinery failure
23. While the crew were preparing the lifeboat and station for our annual fete and open day a Pan Pan call was heard from a 10.5m yacht with 2 PoB. The yacht had suffered engine failure while on passage from Eastbourne to Burlesdon and the intention was to put into Newhaven to effect repairs. The skipper felt it would be difficult to enter the harbour without engine power. Our LOM contacted Solent CG at 09:41 and it was agreed we would launch to assist the vessel to a safe mooring. The lifeboat left the side at 09:50 and was alongside the vessel at 09:58. Our towline was passed and the yacht was towed into harbour after a short delay to allow the cross channel ferry to depart. It was brought alongside the lifeboat to be placed onto the fuel berth into the care of Newhaven CG at 10:55. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 11:00.
26/06/14 00:36 Clear sky, good vis NNE f 4 Slight 26/06/14 02:34 Search for missing person
22. Our DLA was paged at 00:23 by Solent CG to request that we launch to assist with the search for a vulnerable male from the London area who may have gone afloat in a partially inflated child's dinghy after his car was found parked on Seaford seafront. The crew were paged at 00:28 and the lifeboat launched at 00:36 arriving on scene in Seaford Bay at 00:42. We were initially asked to check an object which had been spotted by Newhaven CG mobile but it turned out to be unrelated. The Y boat was launched with 2 crew aboard and both boats carried out a thorough search of the area between the east pier at Newhaven and Splash Point at the eastern end of Seaford Bay. 5 white parachute illumination flares were fired during the search but nothing was found. At 02:04 the search was called off and we left the scene arriving back on our berth at 02:25.
14/06/14 22:10 Fair, good vis W f 3 Slight 14/06/14 23:59 Assistance with recovery of body over cliffs
21. At 21:57 Solent CG paged our LOM to pass on a request from Dover CG for our assistance in the recovery of a body some 150ft down from the clifftop at Beachy Head. Eastbourne ALB and ILB had been in attendance but had left the scene to return to station after the ALB developed an engine problem. CG Rescue Helo 104 was also on scene. The crew were paged at 21:59 and the lifeboat left the side at 22:10 arriving on scene at 22:29. We were requested to illuminate the scene with searchlights while Eastbourne CG's cliffman, working in difficult conditions on the side of the cliff, prepared the body for recovery. To preserve their time on scene Helo 104 landed on the clifftop until Eastbourne CG CRT were ready for the extraction to start when they hovered over the scene to provide additional illumination. When all persons were safely off the cliff we were stood down at 23:10 to return to station. We were back alongside at 23:35.
17/05/14 13:30 Clear sky, good vis SW f 3 Slight 17/05/14 14:30 Persons in kayak and dinghy swept out to sea
20. Solent CG had received a 999 call from a woman stating that her 10 year old son was being swept out to sea on a kayak from the undercliff walk at Peacehaven and her husband, with his 8 year old daughter was attempting to reach him in an inflatable dinghy but both were getting a long way off the shore. Our LOM was paged at 13:16 to request that we launch to their assistance. The crew were paged at 13:20 and the lifeboat left the side at 13:30 making best speed to the reported position. As we approached the area we spotted both casualties together approximately 0.5NM off the shore at the western end of the undercliff walk. We were on scene at 13:47 and all 3 persons and both craft were taken aboard the lifeboat where the casualties were assessed and given refreshments. They were then taken back as close to the beach as we could get before returning them to the water to paddle the short distance to shore where Newhaven CG were waiting to receive them. Once they had safely reached the beach at 14:01 we returned to station and were back alongside at 14:21.
02/05/14 13:14 Clear sky, good vis NE f 5 Slight 02/05/14 14:00 Yacht with machinery failure
19. A 10m Belgian yacht with 3 PoB had been in communication with Solent CG for some time as they had suffered engine failure and whilst happy that they could continue to sail towards Newhaven they were unsure if they would be able to negotiate the entrance to the harbour under sail. Solent CG had been in contact with the harbour authority and the marina and had arranged for the marina workboat to assist the yacht onto a berth provided they could get inside the harbour. Having sailed inside the breakwater as the yacht approached the narrower entrance to the inner harbour the skipper was concerned he was being set onto the pier by the wind so he aborted the entrance and headed back out to sea. Solent CG then paged our LOM at 13:04 to request that we launch to assist and the crew were paged at 13:06 and we left the side at 13:14. We were on scene at 13:24 and we took the yacht under tow alongside. The vessel was berthed on the marina visitor's berth at 13:44 and we were back on our berth at 13:48.
27/04/14 10:00 Overcast, good vis SE f 3 Slight 27/04/14 12:55 Yacht with machinery failure
18. While we were engaged in a winching exercise with CG Helo 104, Solent CG called us on VHF radio at 11:19 to request that on completion of the exercise we assist an 8m yacht 3NM south of Newhaven with 2 PoB which had suffered engine failure. The yacht was proceeding under sail towards the breakwater but would require help to enter the harbour. At 11:45 when the helo left we headed towards the yacht which was then approaching the harbour entrance. At 11:50 we passed a towline and the yacht was towed in to the harbour and then placed on the marina visitor's berth. We were back on our berth at 12:20.
23/04/14 18:00 Clear sky, good vis SSW f 2 Slight 23/04/14 20:00 Cabin cruiser with machinery failure
17. Our LOM was paged by Solent CG at 17:49 to request that we launch to assist a 4.5m cabin cruiser with 2 PoB which had suffered engine failure west of Newhaven breakwater. The crew were paged at 17:51 and the lifeboat left the side at 18:00. The casualty had no radio and Solent CG were having difficulty maintaining communications by mobile telephone but as we were leaving the harbour they established that the vessel was in fact aground. Best speed was made towards the position and the Y boat was prepared for launch. On scene at 18:10 the Y boat was launched with 2 crew aboard and they went in to the casualty. Having checked that the 2 occupants were unharmed the vessel was refloated and towed by the Y boat to the ALB. The Y boat was recovered and at 18:40 a tow was commenced towards Newhaven. The vessel was berthed into the care of Newhaven CG and we were back on our berth at 19:05.
18/04/14 19:35 Clear sky, good vis NE f 2 Calm 18/04/14 20:20 Red flare fired in malicious hoax
16. Solent CG had received numerous 999 calls reporting a sighting of a red flare fired in Seaford Bay so at 19:25 they paged our LOM to request that we launch to investigate. The crew were paged at 19:27 and the lifeboat left the side at 19:35 arriving on scene at the Martello Tower at 19:40. Newhaven CG mobile was already on scene and they conned us onto a position where something had been seen in the water which were able to rule out as fishing marker buoys of which there were a number in the area. Newhaven CG were approached by a member of the public who said they had seen the flare fired from the beach near to the water's edge and a number of  youths running from the scene. Solent CG requested that we continue to carry out a local search while that report was followed up. Other witnesses confirmed the flare was fired from the beach and that youths were seen running from that point. Newhaven CG carried out a search along the beach and first found the cap of the flare and then the actual flare casing. With the flare having been confirmed as a malicious hoax we were stood down to return to station. We left the scene at 19:58 and were back on our berth at 20:10.
17/04/14 21:07 Cloudy, good vis NW f 3 Calm 17/04/14 21:47 Report of missing kayakers
15. Our LOM was paged by Solent CG at 20:48 to request that we launch to assist Newhaven CG in a search for 2 missing kayakers. Initially information was very sketchy but it later turned out that the pair had planned to kayak from Barcombe Mills south to meet another pair who were to paddle north from Newhaven and rendezvous in Lewes. The 2 kayakers travelling north found the going too difficult at Southease so turned back to Newhaven. Unbeknown to them the pair travelling south encountered similar problems and they too turned back to Barcombe. After several unsuccessful attempts to contact their friends and with nothing heard from them for several hours the 2 kayakers at Newhaven contacted Solent CG and expressed their concerns. Newhaven CG commenced numerous searches along the River Ouse. After consultation with Sussex Police the lifeboat left the side at 21:07 to deploy the Y boat with 2 crew to search the river as far north as Lewes. As the Y boat was being launched we received confirmation that the missing kayakers had been found safe and well. We were stood down and were back on our berth at 21:19.
16/04/14 19:56 Clear sky, good vis E f 2 Calm 16/04/14 21:25 Recovery of body from beneath cliffs
14. Solent CG paged our LOM at 19:48 to request that we launch to assist Birling Gap CG and Sussex Police with the recovery of a body from the base of the 3rd of the Seven Sisters cliffs. The crew were paged at 19:51 and the lifeboat left the side at 19:56 and while en route to the scene the Y boat was prepared for launch. We arrived on scene at 20:15 and the Y boat was deployed at 20:19 with 2 crew aboard. Making two separate trips the Y boat went ashore and brought the body and 2 police officers out to the ALB. The Y boat was recover at 20:39 and we left the scene at 20:45 arriving back on our berth at 21:05. The body was handed into the care of Sussex Police and HM Coroner's Officers.
13/04/14 00:55 Clear sky, very good vis WNW f 4 Slight 13/04/14 02:35 Vehicle fallen from cliffs
13. Our LOM was paged at 00:41 to request that we launch following a car having fallen from the cliffs near Roedean School and landed in the sea. The crew were paged at 00:44 and the lifeboat left the side at 00:55 arriving on scene at 01:13. Emergency services including Newhaven CG were already on scene on the undercliff path and Brighton lifeboat had also arrived before us. On our way to the scene it was confirmed one occupant of the vehicle had made his way ashore and was being attended to by emergency services. We stood by as Brighton lifeboat put a crew member into the water to confirm that no-one else was in the vehicle. Newhaven CG requested that we carry out a search to the east of the vehicle while Brighton lifeboat undertook a search to the west. With nothing further located we were stood down and left the scene at 01:58 arriving back on our berth at 02:24.
06/04/14 21:55 Clear sky, good vis S f 3 Calm 06/04/14 22:15 Male attempting suicide at swing bridge
12. Solent CG paged our DLA at 21:38 to request that we come to immediate readiness to possibly assist Sussex Police who were dealing with a male attempting to commit suicide at the swing bridge. The crew were paged at 21:41 and they assembled at the lifeboat station. We were then requested to launch to deploy the Y boat and the lifeboat left the side at 21:55. The Y boat was launched at 21:57 with 2 crew aboard and proceeded north. At 22:07 Solent CG informed us that the male had been safely apprehended and was in the care of Sussex Police so we were stood down. The Y boat was recovered at 22:11 and we were back on our berth at 22:15.
04/04/14 00:56 Cloudy, good vis WSW f 5 Calm 04/04/14 01:50 Female attempting suicide at swing bridge
11. Our LOM was paged at 00:44 by Solent CG to request that we launch to assist in the recovery of a female who had climbed onto the dolphin (wooden structure) south of the swing bridge and was threatening to jump from it. Sussex Police and South East Coast Ambulance were already on scene together with Newhaven CG who had 2 rescue swimmers in position at the river's edge. The crew were paged at 00:46 and the lifeboat left the side at 00:56. We were requested to prepare our Y boat for launch and this was done as the lifeboat proceeded north. As we approached the scene the female was reported to be very agitated and starting to remove her clothes so the police sergeant in charge asked us to make a direct approach with the ALB rather than the Y boat. At 01:03 the lifeboat was brought alongside the dolphin and a crew member climbed onto the timber structure. He very quickly gained her confidence sufficiently to enable him to get hold of her. 2 more crew members joined him and by 01:07 the female was safely detained. At 01:10 she had been taken aboard the lifeboat and we left the scene at 01:11. In the fast flowing spring tide the lifeboat sustained some minor damage to guard-rails as we pulled away from the dolphin. We were back on our berth at 01:17 and SECAMB were on board at 01:19 to attend to the casualty. She was taken away in their care at 01:40.
23/03/14 N/A Squalls, poor vis W f 4 Slight 23/03/14 12:30 Sailing dinghy capsized in squall
10. While we were just west of Newhaven breakwater on exercise Solent CG called us at 11:41 with a report from Newhaven NCI of a sailing dinghy capsized by a squall in Seaford Bay. We headed into the bay and as we closed the position we could see the dinghy was racing with others from the local sailing club. On scene at 11:43 we reported to Solent CG that 2 persons were in the water holding onto the dinghy and that the sailing club's safety RIB was nearly on scene. It was agreed that we should stand off and allow them to deal with the situation. One person was taken aboard the RIB which took them to the shore and collected 2 persons to assist with righting the vessel. While we waited for their return we took the remaining person aboard. When the RIB returned we put the sailor back aboard and waited as the dinghy was righted. We left the scene at 12:11 and were back on our berth at 12:30.
22/03/14 10:30 Clear sky, good vis WSW f 5 Moderate 22/03/14 12:00 Person thought to have fallen from cliffs
9. Solent CG paged our LOM at 10:21 to request that we assist in the search for a person thought to have fallen or jumped from the cliff at Seaford Head. A member of the public had seen a person sat on the edge of the cliff and when they looked again the person had gone so they dialled 999 to report the incident. The crew were paged at 10:25 and the lifeboat left the side at 10:30 arriving on scene at 10:40. The search already underway when we arrived involved units from Sussex Police and Newhaven CG. Shortly after we arrived CG Rescue Helo 104 was on scene and a short time later HeliMed 60 also joined the search. Newhaven CG were on the cliff top with the first informant in the position where the possible casualty was seen giving a very precise datum for the search. We searched that location using binoculars and when nothing was found we continued our search east to Hope Gap and back west again to Splash Point. After an extensive search by all units and nothing found all units were stood down at 11:00. We were back on our berth at 11:20.
12/03/14 16:58 Cloudy, good vis N f 3 Calm 12/03/14 19:00 Recovery of person fallen from cliffs
8. Our DLA was paged at 16:35 to request that the lifeboat be brought to immediate readiness following a report that a body had been found at the base of cliffs at an unconfirmed location between Cuckmere Haven and Birling Gap. The crew were paged at 16:38. Initial information was confused as the first informant was German and spoke little English and it was difficult for the 999 operator to clarify the precise location. Birling Gap CG were also tasked and South East Coast Ambulance Service had paramedics making their way to the scene which turned out to be approximately 1500m east of Cliff End at the start of the Seven Sisters. When it still had not been confirmed that the person was not alive the lifeboat was requested to launch at 16:58 and we proceeded at best speed preparing the Y boat en route arriving on scene at 17:12. The Y boat was launched at 17:15 with 3 crew aboard and it was ashore with Birling Gap CG and SECAMB at 17:18 by which time life had been pronounced extinct. The body was recovered into the Y boat at 17:38 and taken aboard the ALB. The Y boat was recovered at 17:55 and the lifeboat left the scene at 17:57 arriving back alongside our berth at 18:20. The body was landed into the care off Sussex Police and HM Coroner's Officers at 18:35.
09/03/14 14:47 Cloudy, good vis SE f 3 Calm 09/03/14 15:02 Report of children injured and stranded
7. At 14:39 our duty DLA received a page from Solent CG to request that we launch to 2 children reported to be in difficulties near the Meridian Steps at Peacehaven following a 999 call. The report, from a 14 year old girl stated that 2 young boys, one injured and possibly hypothermic had been in the water and were stranded on a groyne. There was a flood tide at that time. The crew were paged at 14:42 and the lifeboat left the side at 14:47. As we left the harbour at best safe speed it was reported that members of the public had effected a rescue and all persons were safe and well on the undercliff walk. We were therefore stood down at 14:59 to return to station. We were back on our berth at 15:02.
06/03/14 12:56 Clear sky, good vis SSW f 4 Moderate 06/03/14 14:40 Person cut off by the tide under cliffs
6. Solent CG paged our LOM at 12:52 to request that we launch to recover a male cut off by the tide at Birling Gap. With an hour and a half until high water springs there was concern for his safety. The crew were paged at 12:54 and the lifeboat left the side at 12:56 with the Y boat being readied while en route. On scene at 13:14 the Y boat was launched with 3 crew aboard. Due to the surf on the beach the Y boat was anchored and veered down through the breaking waves to the shore. The man was taken aboard the Y boat which was hauled out through the surf on the anchor line. He was transferred to the ALB where he was provided with some warm dry clothing to put on. The Y boat was recovered and we departed the scene at 13:39 arriving back on our berth at 14:05. The casualty was given warm drinks and biscuits before he set off to catch a train home. Like the previous day's casualty he had been aware of the incoming tide during his walk but was not aware that the lower section of steps at Birling Gap had been removed.
05/03/14 12:10 Cloudy, good vis W f 3 Slight 05/03/14 13:25 Person cut off by the tide under cliffs
5. Our LOM was paged at 12:00 to request that we launch to recover a female on the beach at Birling Gap. There was concern for her safety as she was cut off by the incoming tide with 2 hours of flood left. The crew were paged at 12:02 and the lifeboat left the side at 12:10. En route the Y boat was made ready and when we arrived on scene at 12:22 the Y boat was launched with 2 crew aboard. The female was taken on board the Y boat having ascertained she was well and needed no medical attention and she was transferred to the ALB at 12:32. The Y boat was recovered and we left the scene at 12:40 arriving back on our berth at 13:07. It transpired the female had planned her trip well having walked from Cuckmere to Birling Gap allowing plenty of time for the tide but not being local she was unfortunately not aware that the bottom section of the steps at Birling Gap had been removed for repair following recent storm damage.
01/03/14 21:49 Part cloudy, good vis W f 4 Slight 01/03/14 23:05 Vessel aground on Seaford beach
4. At 21:41 Solent CG paged our LOM to request that we launch to an 8m vessel reported ashore near Newhaven & Seaford Sailing Club. Newhaven CG were on scene and 4 teenagers were with the vessel. There was concern that the minors could get into difficulty trying to re-float the vessel. The crew were paged at 21:44 and the lifeboat left the side at 21:49 arriving on scene at 21:56 when it was reported from the shore that all the youths had safely left the beach. We were requested by the CG ashore to tow the vessel back to Newhaven and having obtained the owner's consent a tow was started at 22:18. The vessel was placed alongside a berth in the marina into the care of Newhaven CG and the lifeboat was back on our berth at 23:05.
09/02/14 N/A Not recorded Not recorded Not recorded 09/02/14 N/A Teenager intending to jump from cliffs
3. Solent CG paged our LOM at 13:02 to request that we come to immediate readiness to launch following reports received of a suicidal teenager intending to jump from the cliffs at Seaford Head. The crew were paged at 13:02 and the lifeboat was prepared for immediate launch. At 13:30 Solent CG informed us that the teenager was in the care of Sussex Police and we were stood down.
26/01/14 N/A Not recorded Not recorded Not recorded 26/01/14 N/A Person in sea attempting to commit suicide
2. Our LOM was paged at 06:17 by Solent CG to request that we launch to a female reported to be in the sea at Birling Gap attempting to commit suicide. The crew were paged at 06:21 but while the crew were mustering a report was received by Solent CG that the female was in the care of South East Coast Ambulance Service so we were stood down at 06:28 before the lifeboat left the side.
08/01/14 04:02 Overcast, good vis WSW f 4 Slight 08/01/14 06:38 Fishing vessel with fouled propeller
1. Solent CG paged our LOM at 03:46 to request that we launch to assist a 12m local fishing vessel which had become caught on it's own fishing gear. The vessel was approximately 7NM SSE of Newhaven and had 2 PoB. The crew were paged at 03:53 and the lifeboat left the side at 04:02 arriving on scene at 04:31. Having checked that there was no gear in the water that could foul our propellers our towline was passed and we started a tow to Newhaven at 04:40 arriving at Newhaven breakwater at 05:43. Inside the harbour the vessel was brought up on the port side of the lifeboat so it could be placed on it's own mooring at 06:03. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 06:05.
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