2015 Callouts

Date of launch

Time of launch

Weather

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Sea state at
casualty or search area

Date returned

Time refuelled & RFS

Casualty

30/12/15 15:06 Overcast, good vis S f 7 Smooth 30/12/15 16:00 Persons in the water in the harbour
65. Our LOM was paged at 15:00 by Dover CG to request that we launch to assist a person who had fallen into the water in the harbour. The crew were paged at 15:02 and as the lifeboat left the side at 15:06 we received information that there were 2 persons in the water. As we arrived on scene at 15:08 it was confirmed that local fishermen had rescued the casualties from the water and that Newhaven CG mobile was in attendance. As the casualties were known to us Newhaven CG Station Officer requested that a crew member go ashore with blankets to reassure them. A crew member was placed on a moored fishing boat nearby and he made his way with blankets to the scene. The casualties were in their car with the heater running and they were wrapped in the blankets. A lifeboat first aider made his way on foot to the scene and he assessed the casualties until Ambulance First Responders and Paramedics arrived. The lifeboat remained on scene while further assessments were made and the casualties warmed up. With the casualties safely in the care of SECAMB the lifeboat left the scene at 15:42 and the crew member returned on foot to the lifeboat station.
11/12/15 16:14 Overcast, good vis WSW f 4 Choppy 11/12/15 18:30 Fishing vessel with fouled propeller and rudder
64. A "Launch ALB" page was sent by Solent CG at 16:04 without a "Request launch" page to our LOM or DLAs. Following a telephone conversation with both HMCG and our LOM the lifeboat was authorised to launch to assist an 8m fishing catamaran which had a large hessian sheet fouled on it's propeller and rudder. The vessel had 2 PoB and was stranded approximately 3NM SW of Newhaven. The lifeboat left the side at 16:14 and was on scene at 16:30. It was established that all was well on board although the rudder was jammed to starboard. Our casualty drogue was passed to be deployed once the tow had commenced. Our tow line was passed and at 16:46 we started a tow towards Newhaven. Inside the harbour the vessel was brought up alongside the lifeboat and at 17:57 it was placed alongside the marina fuel pontoon. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 18:03.
16/11/15 11:45 Part cloudy, good vis WSW f 6 Moderate 16/11/15 14:35 Mayday call from sinking vessel
63. At 11:26 our LOM was paged by Solent CG to request that we launch following a Mayday call on Channel 16. The only information obtained was that a small catamaran had capsized and was sinking off Peacehaven with 2 persons in the water. Further attempts to contact the vessel proved fruitless. The crew were paged at 11:36 and the lifeboat left the side at 11:45 arriving on scene at 11:50 having made the salvage pump ready en route. We carried out an extensive search close inshore from Newhaven to Saltdean and then extended the search further out to sea in a total of 6 search legs. Two CG Rescue Helos, 104 from Solent and 163 from Lydd, were also tasked to the incident and carried out an extensive search of the area. Local CG units searched from the cliff tops. At 13:50 after a comprehensive search nothing had been found and all units were stood down. The lifeboat returned to station and was back alongside at 14:15. The incident is believed to be the third hoax of this nature during 2015.
13/11/15 04:05 Squally, good vis WSW f 8 Smooth 13/11/15 04:40 Person intending to jump from swing bridge
62. Our LOM was paged by Solent CG at 03:56 to request that we launch as a suicidal female was threatening self-harm and to jump into the harbour from the swing bridge. The crew were paged at 03:58 and the lifeboat left the berth at 04:05. The Y boat was made ready to launch with 2 crew but as the ALB made it's way up the harbour towards the incident a report was received from Newhaven CG units on scene that the distressed female had been apprehended and was no longer at risk. The lifeboat was stood down at 04:19. The Y boat was re-stowed and the ALB was back alongside our berth at 04:24.
06/11/15 N/A Not recorded Not recorded Not recorded N/A N/A Suicidal person entered the sea
61. Solent CG paged our LOM at 15:29 to request that we launch following a report of a suicidal male having entered the sea near the Martello Tower on Seaford Beach. The crew were paged at 15:31 but while the crew were mustering and preparing the boat for launch we received a cancel launch page. We contacted Solent CG by VHF radio and it was confirmed the person had been recovered from the water by ambulance crews and we were stood down.
25/10/15 00:45 Clear sky, good vis NW f 3 Calm 25/10/15 09:00 Houseboat dragging anchor in river
60. Our LOM was paged at 23:56 to request that our Y boat go up river to assist a houseboat north of Southease bridge which was dragging it's anchor. There was concern that the vessel would collide with the bridge and sink or capsize. The launch was delayed until Newhaven CG teams arrived on scene. The crew were paged at 00:33 and the lifeboat left the side at 00:45. The Y boat was launched with 2 crew aboard and proceeded to liase with Newhaven CG who were at Southease bridge when it was established that the vessel was approximately 1000m north of that position and CG teams had been deployed to walk the east and west banks to locate and assist the casualty. The Y boat headed north but was called within a few minutes to request they assist a CG officer on the east bank who had sustained an ankle injury. On scene one crew member went ashore to assist with the injured person while the Y boat collected the other CG team from the west bank. The Y boat was then used to ferry medical equipment and a stretcher from Southease bridge being the nearest road access to the injured CG. Two additional lifeboat crew had driven up and walked to the position along with a number of other CG officers so the Y boat was released to proceed to the houseboat.
Arriving on scene the houseboat was found to be anchored but the anchor was dragging in the fast ebbing tide. The river bank was very steep and it was feared if the houseboat went aground it would capsize and sink. It was not considered possible with the rate of tide and 15 ton weight of the houseboat for the Y boat to move it to a safer mooring so with lines rigged to both banks and using additional CG and LB crew who had arrived to man the lines the Y boat crew were able to continuously push the vessel into deeper water as the tide fell to keep it afloat. The vessel could not be held in the middle of the river by lines alone as tidal eddies kept pushing it back towards the east bank. As a result of the casualty owner's insistence that he would attempt to continue to get the vessel to Lewes it was decided that the vessel should be towed up river rather than down when the tide had slackened sufficiently to prevent the incident re-occurring. Therefore at approximately 0530 the Y boat started to tow the vessel up river using the houseboat's tender to assist with steerage and as a brake. The tow took around 2.5 hours and the houseboat was delivered safely to a berth at Lewes where it was passed into the care of Newhaven CG. The Y boat headed back down river and was recovered aboard the ALB at 08:35 and the lifeboat was back on our berth at 08:40.
09/10/15 15:20 Clear sky, good vis ESE f 3 Calm 09/10/15 16:30 Speedboat with engine failure
59. Solent CG paged our DLA at 15:03 to request that we launch to assist a 19ft speedboat with 2 PoB which had suffered engine failure approximately 3NM SW of Newhaven. The crew were paged at 15:09 and the lifeboat left the side at 15:20 arriving on scene at 15:37. Having checked that all was well aboard apart from the engine failure our towline was passed and we started to tow the vessel to Newhaven at 15:44. The casualty was placed on a berth in the marina at 16:17 and the lifeboat was back on our berth at 16:20.
08/10/15 18:03 Clear sky, good vis SW f 3 Slight 08/10/15 21:54 Person believed to have jumped from cliff
58. Our DLA was paged by Solent CG at 17:47 to request that we launch following a report from Sussex Police that a man was believed to have jumped from the top of Seaford Head. Clothing had been found at the cliff edge and traced back to an address in Brighton where a  note was found stating that the person intended to commit suicide at Seaford Head. The crew were paged at 17:49 and the lifeboat left the side at 18:03 arriving on scene at 18:13. The Y boat was launched at 18:15 with 3 crew aboard and it was ashore at the datum position at 18:27 where the crew carried out a search of the surrounding area of beach. As nothing was found in the immediate area the Y boat and the ALB carried out an inshore search as far as Hope Gap to the east and then back west past the datum to Splash Point. Sussex Police and CG teams from Newhaven and Birling Gap carried out searches ashore. Our search was completed at 20:10 but we were requested to remain on scene until the Police helicopter, which arrived at 20:46, had completed their search at 21:06. With nothing found all units were stood down from the search at 21:08. The Y boat was recovered and we left the scene at 21:12 arriving back on our berth at 21:25.
04/10/15 19:55 Fair, good vis ENE f 3 Calm 04/10/15 21:10 Persons cut off by the tide
57. Our LOM was paged at 19:43 to request that we launch to recover 2 persons cut off by the tide approximately 500m east of Splash Point under Seaford Head. The crew were paged at 19:48 and the lifeboat left the side at 19:55 arriving on scene at 20:07. Newhaven CG were already in attendance and they fired parachute illumination flares to pin point the position of the casualties. The Y boat was launched at 20:10 with 2 crew aboard and it was ashore with the casualties at 20:15. At 20:21 the Y boat left the beach with the 2 persons aboard and they were landed into the care of Newhaven CG at Splash Point at 20:28. The Y boat was recovered and the lifeboat left the scene at 20:35 and was back on our berth at 21:00.
03/10/15 14:02 Fair, good vis NE f 3 Calm 03/10/15 16:03 Persons cut off by the tide
56. Solent CG paged our LOM at 13:48 to request that we launch following a report of 2 persons possibly cut off by the tide between Belle Toute and Birling Gap. The crew were paged at 13:50 and the lifeboat left the side at 14:02 arriving on scene at 14:21. The Y boat was launched at 14:25 with 2 crew aboard. Both boats then searched from Belle Toute west to Birling Gap and then back to the east as far as Beachy Head. Birling Gap CG carried out a search on the shore. Nothing was found so all units were stood down from the search. The Y boat was recovered at 14:55 and we returned to station arriving back on our berth at 15:32.
30/09/15 16:58 Fair, good vis ENE f 5 Calm 30/09/15 19:05 Persons swept into the harbour
55. While crew assessments were taking place at the boathouse we heard a report on VHF radio at 16:55 that a person had been swept into the water near the marina by the wash of a tug helping to manoeuvre a car ferry with engine problems. The Coxswain immediately paged the crew and the lifeboat left the side at 16:58 arriving on scene at 17:00 just as it was confirmed that the female had been recovered onto a marina pontoon and was in the care of the pilot boat crew and an ambulance had been requested to attend to her. We therefore returned to our berth but at 17:06 we were requested by Solent CG to return to the scene as there was a report of a second person seen in the water. We left the side again and launched our Y boat with 2 crew aboard. The Y boat joined Newhaven CG in carrying out a search of the entire marina area including between all jetties and pontoons. The ALB remained in the river and searched outside the marina and down the harbour to the entrance as there was an ebb tide. A further report had been received that the second person had managed to get out of the water onto a slipway which was inaccessible from the land so the Y boat took Newhaven CG officers to search the area. Nothing further was found so at 18:17 we were stood down and were back on our berth at 18:22.
24/09/15 18:45 Part cloudy, good vis WSW f 5 Slight 24/09/15 19:05 Dog in difficulties in the sea
54. At 18:36 our LOM was paged by Solent CG to request that we launch following a 999 call from a family who's dog had entered the water at Tidemills then lost her bearings and continued swimming out to sea. The crew were paged at 18:39 and the lifeboat left the side at 18:45. En route 2 crew dressed in dry suits and the Y boat was prepared for launch. As we arrived on scene at 18:52 it was clear the dog was struggling to keep it's head out of the water and was at high risk of drowning so 2 crew immediately jumped into the water. One crewman managed to get hold of her but unfortunately as she was confused and frightened she bit him. The dog was quickly recovered aboard the lifeboat where she was wrapped in a blanket and comforted when she soon calmed down and collapsed exhausted. Our crewmen were recovered from the water and the lifeboat left the scene at 19:00 and returned to station where the dog was handed back to her relieved owner. The dog was taken to an emergency vet for a check up and our crewman was taken to an out of hours doctor for treatment of the bite.
14/09/15 N/A Not recorded Not recorded Not recorded N/A N/A Surfers thought to be in trouble
53. Our LOM was paged by Solent CG at 18:19 to request that the lifeboat be brought to a state of immediate readiness to launch following reports of 3 surfers thought to be in trouble in a rip current just east of the East Pier at Newhaven. The crew were paged at 18:21 and as the crew mustered the boat was prepared to launch. Newhaven CG mobile had been sent to check the situation and were soon able to report that all of the surfers had safely made it to shore. The lifeboat was then stood down.
07/09/15 23:56 Part cloudy, good vis NW f 3 Calm 08/09/15 01:34 Search for a missing person
52. Solent CG paged our DLA at 23:43 to request that we launch to assist in the search for a person missing after a domestic argument who was believed to have been seen climbing over the security fence surrounding the West Beach at Newhaven. The crew were paged at 23:46 and the lifeboat left the side at 23:56. Newhaven CG mobile and Sussex Police were searching onshore. The Y boat was launched at 00:05 with 2 crew aboard and commenced a search of the beach and the harbour entrance while the ALB searched along the coastline west of the entrance. White parachute flares were fired to illuminate the area. At 00:45 it was confirmed the person had been found in a camper van in the West Beach car park and all units were stood down. The Y boat was recovered at 00:52 and the lifeboat was back on our berth at 01:00.
04/09/15 15:37 Part cloudy, good vis W f 3 Slight 04/09/15 17:40 Fishing boat with engine failure
51. At 15:27 Solent CG paged our LOM to request that we launch to assist a 21ft fishing boat with 1 PoB which had suffered engine failure 2NM south of Crowlink. The crew were paged at 15:30 and the lifeboat left the side at 15:37 arriving on scene with the casualty at 16:00. Our towline was passed and at 16:10 a tow was commenced towards Newhaven. The vessel was placed on a berth in the marina at 17:05 and the lifeboat was back on our berth at 17:10.
30/08/15 16:35 Overcast, fair vis NE f 3 Smooth 30/08/15 19:14 Yacht with total power failure
50. Our LOM was paged by Solent CG at 16:25 to request that we launch to assist a 12m Belgian yacht with 7 PoB which had lost all electrical power and had become becalmed. The crew of the vessel were uncertain of their position having no working navigational equipment but believed they were about 3NM south of Beachy Head. The crew were paged at 16:28 and the lifeboat left the side at 16:35 and proceeded to the position given but there was no sign of the casualty vessel. Contact with the vessel was intermittent on mobile phone but they were asked to fire an orange smoke flare to help to locate them. We were unable to see the flare but it was spotted by Newhaven NCI from their lookout and they reported the position as being off Newhaven harbour. The lifeboat headed to this new position and was on scene with the casualty some 2NM SW of Seaford Head at 17:38. The vessel was taken under tow and it was placed on the marina visitors' berth at 18:15. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 18:25.
29/08/15 N/A Not recorded Not recorded Not recorded N/A N/A Open boat unable to start engine
49. Solent CG paged our LOM at 20:11 to request that we launch to assist an open boat with 2 PoB reported to be unable to start the engine in Seaford Bay. The crew were paged at 20:13 but as the crew were mustering we received a cancel launch page as Solent CG had received a report confirming the vessel had been brought safely ashore.
20/08/15 14:35 Clear sky, excellent vis SSW f 4 Smooth 20/08/15 15:55 Persons cut off by the tide
48. Our DLA was paged at 14:26 by Solent CG to request that we launch to investigate reports of four youths trapped by the flood tide calling for help between Hope Gap and the old Coastguard cottages at Cuckmere Haven. The crew were paged at 14:28 and the lifeboat left the side at 14:35. En route the Y boat was prepared so when we arrived on scene at 14:49 it was launched with 2 crew aboard to carry out a shoreline search. The ALB conducted a visual search from the upper steering position and CG teams from Newhaven and Birling Gap conducted searches ashore. The Y boat crew were asked by the ALB to speak to 2 persons sunbathing near the steps at Hope Gap and they confirmed that shortly before we arrived on scene 4 youths had rounded the headland from the west and left the beach via the steps. The CG teams ashore searched the area but no sign was found of the potential casualties so at 15:22 all units were stood down. The Y boat was recovered and the lifeboat left the scene at 15:24 and was back on our berth at 15:55.
15/08/15 12:45 Part cloudy, good vis WSW f 4 Slight 15/08/15 15:00 Cabin cruiser with mechanical failure
47. Solent CG paged our LOM at 12:34 to request that we launch to assist a 26ft cabin cruiser with 5 PoB which had broken down and was at anchor  0.25NM south of Beachy Head. The crew were paged at 12:37 and the lifeboat left the side at 12:45 arriving on scene at 13:13. Having established that all was well on board apart from the mechanical failure we asked the casualty to recover their anchor. Our towline was passed and we commenced a tow towards Newhaven. The vessel was placed on a berth in the marina at 14:30 and the lifeboat was back on our berth at 14:45.
13/08/15 17:15 Cloudy, good vis NNW f 4 Slight 13/08/15 18:55 Search for a missing person
46. At 16:59 the Coxswain telephoned our LOM to advise him that Newhaven CG had requested our assistance in searching for a vulnerable female who had gone missing in the vicinity of Seaford beach. The crew were paged at 17:00 and the lifeboat launched at 17:15 arriving on scene at 17:23. The Y boat was launched with 2 crew aboard and at 17:27 a search commenced at Tidemills with the Y boat 50m offshore and the ALB 1.5 cables off. By 17:46 we had searched as far as Splash Point and we were requested to extend our search to the east. We passed Hope Gap at 18:05 and were off the Seven Sisters when at 18:24 it was confirmed the female had been found safe and well by Birling Gap CG mobile on Seaford Head. The Y boat was back alongside the ALB at 18:27 and we were stood down at 18:28. The Y boat was recovered and we returned to station arriving back on our berth at 18:55.
09/08/15 19:09 Part cloudy, good vis WSW f 5 Slight 09/08/15 20:45 Person cut of by tide under cliffs
45. Our LOM was paged by Solent CG at 19:01 to request that we launch to search for a person believed to be cut off by the tide at the foot of Seaford Head. The crew were paged at 19:03 and the lifeboat left the side at 19:09 arriving on scene at 19:18. The casualty was located on an isolated area of beach east of Splash Point. The Y boat was launched with 2 crew aboard and they approached the casualty to communicate with him. He initially insisted he was alright and happy to wait for the tide to ebb so he could walk back to the beach. However as the light was fading and the weather forecast to deteriorate it was decided to evacuate him. The Y boat took the person on board and returned to the ALB. Due to the increasing swell and dumping surf on the shore it was decided to take the casualty back to Newhaven. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 20:34.
07/08/15 N/A Part cloudy, good vis S light airs Calm 07/08/15 22:40 Yacht becalmed in harbour entrance
44. Before the Y boat was recovered from the previous service we were requested by Newhaven VTS at 21:55 to assist a yacht which had entered the harbour but was unable to start their engine or sail against the tide in the light winds. The Y boat with 2 crew aboard went alongside the yacht at the entrance to the narrows and towed it to the marina visitors berth where it was handed into the care of marina staff at 22:08. The Y boat then returned to the ALB and was recovered onboard at 22:16.
07/08/15 20:50 Part cloudy, good vis S light airs Calm 07/08/15 N/A Vessel aground on river bank
43. Newhaven CG requested the assistance of our Y boat to help recover a 6.5m cabin cruiser which had gone aground on the bank of the River Ouse at Piddinghoe. Solent CG contacted our LOM at 20:35 to request our assistance and the crew were paged at 20:40. The lifeboat left the side at 20:50 and the Y boat was launched at 20:55 with 3 crew aboard. The Y boat arrived on scene at 21:00 to find the vessel high and dry with the outboard skeg dug firmly into the bank. The tide was fast ebbing and after discussion with Newhaven CG it was decided that it would have been impossible to tow the vessel off the bank. Having regard to the distance back to their Land Rover and the condition of the owner of the vessel who appeared to be inebriated Newhaven CG requested that he was taken on board the Y boat to transport to the lifeboat station. A lifejacket was put on him and a line attached before he was carefully assisted down the slippery bank into the Y boat. The Y boat left the scene at 21:35 and was back at the boathouse at 21:40 when the vessel's owner was handed into the care of Sussex Police. The Y boat and equipment was washed down but before it was recovered we were requested to assist a becalmed yacht in the harbour entrance.
05/08/15 17:12 Clear sky, excellent vis SW light airs Calm 05/08/15 18:15 Report of a body beneath cliffs
42. Our LOM was paged by Dover CG at 16:55 to request that we launch to assist Eastbourne ILB in a search for a body that had been spotted by a member of the public in the vicinity of Belle Toute lighthouse. The crew were paged at 17:01 and the lifeboat left the side at 17:12 arriving on scene at 17:40 just as Eastbourne LIB located the body. We stood by until they had recovered it and then left the scene at 17:45 arriving back on our berth at 18:15.
03/08/15 15:15 Part cloudy, good vis WSW f 3 Smooth 03/08/15 16:25 Mayday from vessel taking on water
41. Solent CG paged our LOM at 15:05 to request that we launch following a Mayday call received from a vessel in the Saltdean area taking on water but they had been unable to obtain any further details. The crew were paged at 15:08 and the lifeboat left the side at 15:15 arriving on scene at 15:24. We carried out an extensive search of the area in conjunction with CG Rescue Helo 104 which had also been tasked. As no further information was available and nothing was found during the search we were stood down at 16:10 and returned to station arriving back on our berth at 16:25. The incident was believed to be a hoax.
02/08/15 11:18 Clear sky, good vis SE f 3 Smooth 02/08/15 12:30 Paraglider crashed on rocks
40. While on Sunday morning exercise we were called at 11:18 on VHF radio by Solent CG who had received a 999 call from a paraglider who had made a heavy landing on rocks beneath the cliffs west of Newhaven. He was injured and required assistance but was unable to give his position accurately. Communications were complicated by language difficulties as he was Polish. We aborted our exercise and made best speed to the rough location we had been given arriving at 11:23. En route the Y boat and first aid equipment had been prepared. After a brief visual search we located the casualty at 11:28 on the shoreline at the base of the cliffs at the old radar station between Newhaven and Peacehaven. The Y boat was launched at 11:32 with 2 crew aboard and they were ashore at 11:35 with the casualty who was standing packing his kit away. An initial assessment revealed he had minor cuts and bruises to both legs and pain in his ankles from the heavy landing. He was helped into the Y boat and an ambulance was requested to meet us on arrival back at the boathouse. The Y boat left the beach at 11:46 and the casualty was taken aboard the ALB and the Y boat recovered. We left the scene at 11:56 and were back alongside our berth at 12:10. Ambulance Technicians from SECAMB were aboard at 12:12 and the casualty was handed into their care.
29/07/15 21:22 Part cloudy, good vis W f 3 Smooth 29/07/15 22:10 Speedboat with engine failure
39. Our LOM was paged at 21:13 by Solent CG to request that we launch to assist a 20ft speedboat with 3 PoB which had broken down 200m east of the East Pier. The crew were paged at 21:15 and the lifeboat left the side at 21:22 arriving in scene at 21:28. Our towline was passed at 21:32 and the vessel was towed into Newhaven where it was placed on a marina berth at 21:45. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 21:55.
27/07/15 10:35 Cloudy, good vis WSW f 7 Moderate 27/07/15 12:00 Report of dog over the cliffs
38. Solent CG paged our LOM at 10:19 to request that we launch to assist with the search for a dog reported to have fallen over the cliff at Saltdean. The crew were paged at 10:21 and the lifeboat left the side at 10:35. By the time we arrived on scene at 10:52 Newhaven CG had already established that the dog had not in fact fallen from the cliff but had gone off the undercliff promenade. It had fallen approximately 7m into the water but was alive and sitting on rocks and in no immediate danger as the tide was ebbing. Conditions were not suitable to launch the Y boat but we were asked to stand by until the dog had been rescued. There was no access to the beach where the dog was trapped so East Sussex Fire & Rescue were requested and they lowered a ladder down and one fire-fighter and one coastguard descended to recover the dog. Once everyone was clear of the beach at 11:35 we were stood down and returned to station arriving back on our berth at 12:00.
25/07/15 06:42 Part cloudy, good vis WSW f 4 Calm 25/07/15 07:05 Yacht aground in danger of capsizing
37. At 06:26 Solent CG paged our LOM to request that we launch to assist a 40ft yacht with 2 PoB which had gone aground in the marina and was listing badly. The crew were paged at 06:29 and the lifeboat left the side at 06:42 arriving on scene in the marina at 06:45. The yacht had attempted to berth but had caught on the slipway and with a falling tide was unstable and in danger of capsizing. Our towline was passed and the yacht was gently towed into deeper water where it successfully refloated. We left the scene at 06:52 and the lifeboat was back on our berth at 07:00.
16/07/15 01:00 Part cloudy, good vis ENE f 3 Calm 16/07/15 02:15 Person intending to jump from swing bridge
36. Our DLA was paged at 00:50 by Solent CG to request that we launch following a report that a female was threatening to jump from the swing bridge into the harbour. The crew were paged at 00:52 and the lifeboat left the side at 01:00. The Y boat was made ready as the ALB headed north towards the bridge arriving on scene at 01:05. The Y boat was launched at 01:07 with 2 crew aboard and both boats took up positions ready in case the female did enter the water. Members of Newhaven CG and Sussex Police were talking to the female who was in a precarious position outside the safety rails of the bridge. At 01:28 CG personnel managed to get hold of the casualty and she was handed into the care and custody of Sussex Police so at 01:30 we were stood down. The Y boat was recovered but as the lifeboat was back alongside our berth we received a report from the CG that the female had temporarily escaped and we were requested to remain at immediate readiness to deploy back to the swing bridge if necessary. At 02:15 we were again stood down as the casualty had once again been apprehended.
13/07/15 15:20 Overcast, fair vis WSW f 6 Moderate 13/07/15 19:30 Person with serious head injury on yacht
35. Solent CG paged our DLA at 15:01 to request that we launch to a 13m yacht approximately 25NM south of Newhaven in the shipping lanes. A female crew member aboard the yacht had been struck by the mainsheet as the boom swung round and had sustained a serious head injury. The crew were paged at 15:04 and the lifeboat left the side at 15:20 and made full speed to the reported position. CG Rescue Helo 104 was also tasked to the incident and when they arrived their paramedic was winched onto the yacht to assess the casualty. As the lifeboat arrived on scene at 16:10 the injured crew member was being winched aboard the helo to be taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital for treatment. Having checked on the wellbeing and skills of the 2 persons remaining aboard it was agreed that we would escort them until the yacht was clear of the Traffic Separation Scheme. Once the yacht was north of the South West lane the lifeboat left them to continue their journey and departed the scene at 17:55 arriving back on our berth at 19:00.
11/07/15 17:25 Clear sky, excellent vis W f 6 Moderate 11/07/15 18:00 Report of capsized dinghy
34. At 17:20 Solent CG paged the crew for an immediate launch following a report from a member of the public that they had spotted a capsized inflatable dinghy possibly with a person on top close to one of the bathing marker buoys in Seaford Bay. The lifeboat left the side at 17:25 and arrived on scene at 17:36 when it was established that the object spotted was actually an inflatable designed to be towed behind a speedboat or jetski possibly to transport kayaks. The object was in fact tied to the marker buoy and there was no sign of anyone in the area. The object was deflated and taken on board the lifeboat which then returned to station at 17:44 arriving back on our berth at 18:00.
11/07/15 15:04 Clear sky, excellent vis WSW f 6 Moderate 11/07/15 16:20 3 kayakers ashore under Seaford Head
33. As we were securing the previous casualty we were requested at 15:04 to proceed to the assistance of 3 kayakers who had come ashore under Seaford Head in adverse conditions. Newhaven CG were already on scene and advised that the casualties had sustained minor leg injuries getting ashore and 1 was suffering mild hypothermia. CG Rescue Helo 104 had also been tasked. When the lifeboat arrived on scene at 15:08 the hypothermic casualty had been assisted to safety by Newhaven CG and it was decided the remaining 2 casualties would be evacuated by Helo 104. The lifeboat stood by while the evacuation took place and was stood down at 16:10 to return to station arriving back on our berth at 16:20.
11/07/15 14:07 Clear sky, excellent vis WSW f 6 Moderate 11/07/15 N/A Speedboat swamped and in surfline
32. Our LOM was paged at 13:52 to request that we launch to the assistance of a 21ft speedboat which had been swamped and was in the surfline near the sailing club on Seaford beach. The crew were paged at 13:57 and the lifeboat left the side at 14:07. When on scene at 14:13 it was ascertained that 1 person had made it to shore but the other was still aboard however he was advised to leave the vessel by Newhaven CG who were also in attendance. Assisted by Newhaven CG ashore our towline was passed and secured to the vessel and towing initially from the bow the casualty was pulled off the beach at 14:40. It initially capsized but the Coxswain managed to tow it back upright and the towline was transferred aft as the vessel was towed into Newhaven being placed on our berth at 15:04.
07/07/15 01:49 Part cloudy, good vis WSW f 3 Calm 07/07/15 04:21 Yacht with fouled propeller and rudder
31. Solent CG paged our LOM at 01:37 to request that we launch to assist a 44ft sailing vessel with 1 PoB which had a fouled propeller and rudder 6.5 NM SW of Newhaven. The crew were paged at 01:41 and the lifeboat left the side at 01:49 arriving on scene at 02:15. Using our grappling hook the line was recovered and cleared and at 02:25 our towline was passed and we started to to the yacht to Newhaven. We entered harbour at 03:25 and the vessel was placed on the visitors' berth in the marina at 03:32. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 03:45.
02/07/15 15:46 Part cloudy, good vis S f 3 Calm 02/07/15 16:31 Take over tow of cabin cruiser
30. Following on from the previous callout as the yacht towing the cabin cruiser approached Newhaven harbour the skipper decided he would be unable to enter the port with the vessel in tow and he requested that Solent CG arrange for someone to take over the tow. As the crew were still at the station from the previous paging it was agreed that we would launch. The lifeboat left the side at 15:46 and proceeded to rendezvous with the yacht 0.5NM SE of Newhaven arriving on scene at 16:03. The yacht released their towline and ours was passed and we started to tow the vessel into harbour at 16:10. The casualty vessel was placed on a berth in the marina at 16:27 and the lifeboat was back on our berth at 16:31.
02/07/15 N/A Not recorded Not recorded Not recorded N/A N/A Cabin cruiser with engine failure
29. At 15:05 our LOM was paged by Solent CG to request that we launch to assist a 21ft cabin cruiser with 1 PoB which had broken down 3NM south of Cuckmere Haven. The crew were paged at 15:09 but as the crew were preparing to launch it was reported that a passing yacht had responded to Solent CG's request for any vessel able to offer assistance and had taken the casualty under tow. The launch was therefore cancelled at 15:15.
01/07/15 12:33 Clear sky, good vis E f 5 Calm 01/07/15 15:06 Recovery of body from base of cliffs
28. Our LOM was paged at 12:20 by Solent CG to request that we assist in the recovery of a body at the base of the cliffs east of River Cuckmere. The crew were paged at 12:25 and the lifeboat left the side at 12:33 arriving on scene at 12:50. The Y boat was launched at 12:53 with 2 crew aboard and the body was recovered from the beach at 13:20 and taken aboard the ALB. The Y boat was recovered at 13:35 and the lifeboat returned to station arriving back on our berth at 13:54. The body was handed into the care of South East Coast Ambulance and taken away at 15:06.
27/06/15 16:13 Clear sky, excellent vis WSW f 5 Moderate 27/06/15 17:10 RIB ashore at Birling Gap
27. Solent CG paged our LOM at 16:02 to request that we launch to assist in recovering a 3.5m RIB with 2 PoB which had gone ashore in adverse conditions at Birling Gap. Our LOM and Coxswain discussed the situation and it was agreed that we would launch and proceed to the position to assess on scene weather conditions and establish whether a recovery was feasible. The crew were paged at 16:08 and the lifeboat left the side at 16:13 arriving on scene at 16:33. Having assessed the sea state it was decided it was too rough to attempt to tow the vessel off with the Y boat and the state of tide precluded getting close enough with the ALB to attempt a recovery. We therefore left the scene at 16:41 and were back alongside at 17:10. The vessel was subsequently recovered from the shore onto a trailer.
27/06/15 N/A Not recorded Not recorded Not recorded N/A N/A Report of kayaks in trouble with person in water
26. Our LOM was paged by Solent CG at 07:16 to request that we launch to assist two kayaks reported to be in trouble in Seaford Bay with one person in the water. The crew were paged at 07:18 but while the crew were mustering a further report was received that both kayakers were now alright so at 07:20 the launch was cancelled and we were stood down.
23/06/15 16:14 Part cloudy, good vis SW f 3 Calm 23/06/15 18:20 Report of person with head injury and unconscious
25. Solent CG paged our LOM at 16:04 to request that we launch to a vessel in an unknown position between Newhaven and Brighton. The vessel had a person on board who was reported to have a head injury and was believed to be unconscious. The crew were paged at 16:07 and the lifeboat left our berth at 16:14. As we proceeded we were informed that CG Rescue Helo 104 was already on scene having been diverted from another incident locally. As we cleared the breakwater at speed the casualty vessel and helo were clearly visible. Communications with the casualty were only possible through the 999 call and the helo requested via Solent CG that the vessel be brought to a halt which the inexperienced person aboard did. After a brief discussion with the helo crew it was decided to put 2 of our crew aboard the vessel to make an initial assessment and commence treatment. We were on scene at 16:22 and 2 crew immediately boarded the vessel when the initial assessment indicated no signs of life so full CPR commenced. This information was relayed to Helo 104 who winched their paramedic onto the lifeboat foredeck to transfer to the vessel. Despite the best efforts of our crew and the paramedic they were unable to revive the man. During this time the other person from the casualty vessel had been taken aboard the lifeboat and made comfortable and given refreshments. The casualty was lifted from the lifeboat's after deck at 17:06 for transportation to Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton. One of our crew remained on board the casualty vessel and we escorted them to Newhaven where it was handed into the care of Newhaven CG and Sussex Police. at 17:45. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 17:50.
21/06/15 N/A Part cloudy, good vis WSW f 5 Slight to moderate 21/06/15 13:30 Mayday call from cabin cruiser
24. Whilst on exercise we were informed at 11:50 by Solent CG that they had received a DSC distress and voice Mayday call from a vessel in distress off Newhaven and that they could see the lifeboat but no further information was passed. We started a search of the immediate area and closed a few vessels none of which were the casualty. Solent CG confirmed they were then in contact with the vessel by mobile phone but the position and nature of distress were still not known. We could not contact the vessel on VHF radio but Solent CG established from the phone call that the 8m cabin cruiser with 2 PoB had suffered engine failure and was drifting but there was still no position available. As we approached a vessel off Seaford Head the casualty called on VHF channel 16 and confirmed we were heading straight towards them. We were on scene with the vessel at 12:01 and they were at anchor 0.5NM south of Seaford Head and all was well on board apart from the engine failure. The anchor could not be recovered and so was cut away and our towline was passed at 12:10. The vessel was towed to Newhaven where it was handed into the care of Newhaven CG at the marina at 12:58. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 13:05.
17/06/15 16:50 Cloudy, moderate vis WSW f 5 Moderate 17/06/15 19:30 Vessel sinking under tow of a tug
23. Dover CG paged our LOM at 16:37 to request that we launch to assist a tug 7NM SE of Newhaven which had 2 houseboats under tow and one had started taking on water. The crew were paged at 16:40 and the lifeboat left our berth at 16:50. We arrived on scene at 17:12 to find one 22m houseboat was semi-submerged whilst still under tow of the tug. It was quickly determined that the vessel could not be saved and at 17:14 the tug cut the tow. It was decided that we should try to mark the position of the vessel in case it could be salvaged at a later date so at 17:35 we collected a buff and line from the tug and we managed to attached it to the severed towline just before the houseboat sank at 17:36. We remained on scene until 18:31 to recover life rings and lifejackets which had floated off the vessel before we returned to station arriving back on our berth at 19:15.
15/06/15 N/A Clear sky, excellent vis NE f 4 Calm 15/06/15 20:30 Yacht with fouled propeller
22. As we approached our berth returning from the previous service we were requested by Solent CG to assist a 46ft yacht with 2 PoB which had fouled it's propeller on a fishing dan 0.75NM south of Rottingdean. We returned to sea at 18:02 and were on scene with the vessel at 18:18. Our grappling hook was used to pick up the line attached to the marker buoy and it was cut to release the vessel. Our towline was passed at 18:55 and we commenced a slow tow to Brighton marina as we ascertained there was insufficient depth of water to accommodate the vessel at the current state of tide. We entered Brighton at 19:40 and handed the yacht into the care of the marina workboat at 19:53. We departed Brighton at 19:58 and were back alongside our berth at 20:26.
15/06/15 14:48 Clear sky, excellent vis NE f 4 Calm 15/06/15 N/A Mayday from vessel taking on water
21. At 14:34 Solent CG paged the crew for an immediate launch having heard a Mayday distress call from a vessel reported to be taking on water south of Rottingdean. The lifeboat left the side at 14:48 and was on scene at 15:03 but there was no sign of any vessel in distress in the area. We liased with Brighton Lifeguard RIB which had also responded to the Mayday call and they had spoken to occupants of all vessels in the area and found no signs of anyone in distress. We requested on VHF radio that the casualty fire a red flare to identify themselves but there was no response. We were advised by Solent CG that the distress call had been received on the Fairlight arial and the bearing indicated the signal emanated from somewhere between Brighton marina and Cuckmere. So at 15:42 we started a creeping line ahead search along that bearing until we reached Cuckmere at 16:10 but nothing was found. CG Rescue Helo 104 also carried out a comprehensive search of the area. At 17:03 we started a parallel track search of the area but at 17:39 we were stood down as the incident was believed to be a hoax. As we approached our berth we were tasked to another incident.
13/06/15 07:33 Cloudy, good vis SW f 6 Moderate 13/06/15 08:30 Person in the water thought to be in difficulties
20. Solent CG paged our LOM at 07:25 to request that we launch to assist Brighton lifeboat searching for a person believed to be inebriated who had jumped from the Palace Pier. The crew were paged at 07:27 and the lifeboat left the side at 07:33 and made full speed towards the reported position. At 07:59 as the lifeboat approached the scene it was reported that the casualty had been spotted in the surf line and had been recovered ashore by Brighton lifeboat crew and CG personnel. The lifeboat was therefore stood down and returned to station arriving back on our berth at 08:30.
07/06/15 N/A Clear sky, good vis ENE f 2 Calm 07/06/15 13:00 Vessel taking on water
19. At 12:16 whilst on exercise we were alerted by VHF call from our boathouse that a vessel was taking on water just south of Newhaven and they were in communication with Newhaven VTS on the Port Channel 12. The lifeboat diverted from our exercise and headed to the approximate area whilst trying to clarify the name and description of the casualty vessel and inform Solent CG. The Coxswain authorised the deployment and our LOM was informed and we arrived on scene with the casualty vessel at 12:20. An initial assessment showed all 3 persons aboard the 9m cabin cruiser were wearing lifejackets and they were bailing water with buckets and the vessel did not appear unstable. At 12:25 a crew member was put aboard to clarify the situation and it was soon established that the water ingress seemed to be coming from the engine's cooling and/or exhaust system and that with the engine stopped the ingress had ceased. The vessel's electric bilge was working well and the water level aboard was decreasing. It was therefore decided to tow the vessel to Newhaven marina and a tow was established at 12:30. As there was insufficient water at the marina slipway for the ALB the casualty's skipper agreed to start his engine and motor the short distance to the slip. The tow was released at 12:43 and the casualty was on the slipway at 12:46 where it was arranged for the vessel to be lifted from the water immediately. The lifeboat left the casualty at 12:47 and was back on our berth at 12:51.
04/06/15 15:29 Clear sky, excellent vis SE f 3 Calm 04/06/15 16:50 Person in the water probably deceased
18. Our DLA was paged at 15:15 by Solent CG to request that the lifeboat search for a person in the water at Crowlink thought to be probably deceased. The crew were paged at 15:18 and the lifeboat left the side at 15:29 arriving on scene at 15:45. CG Helo 104 had also been tasked to the incident and arrived on scene at the same time. Shortly after searching had commenced Birling Gap CG on the cliff top spotted a body on the beach beneath the cliffs. Helo 104 landed on the beach and they recovered the body. Once the helo lifted from the beach we were stood down and left the scene at 16:16 arriving back on our berth at 16:40.
24/05/15 10:00 Part cloudy, good vis S f 3 Slight 24/05/15 N/A Paraglider fallen onto rocks
17. At 10:10 whilst on exercise we were requested by Solent CG to act as safety cover while Newhaven CG cliff rescue team rescued an injured paraglider who had fallen onto rocks at Peacehaven. We were on scene at 10:12 and stood by close inshore whilst the CG units recovered the casualty from the rocks onto the promenade and into the care of South East Coast Ambulance. The lifeboat was released from the incident at 10:20 to continue with the exercise.
18/05/15 16:32 Cloudy, good vis SW f 7 Moderate 18/05/15 18:10 Persons and dogs in the water
16. Solent CG paged the crew at 16:24 for an immediate launch following a report of 2 persons and 2 dogs in the water at the end of Newhaven's East Pier. As the crew were mustering it was reported that Newhaven CG mobile had recovered both persons from the sea. Solent CG requested that we still proceed as the 2 dogs were still in the water and their owners were trying to re-enter to help them. The lifeboat left the side at 16:32 and as we approached the pier at 16:37 one of the dogs managed to get ashore but the other was not visible either from the shore or from the lifeboat. As conditions were calm within the confines of the breakwater the Y boat was launched at 16:42 with 2 PoB to search the East Pier area and the sandy beach inside the West Pier. The ALB proceeded to search the surf line and outer harbour areas. An extensive search continued until 17:45 when with no further sightings of the missing dog Solent CG stood all units down. The lifeboat left the search area and recovered the Y boat at 17:55 within the harbour arriving back on our berth at 18:05.
10/05/15 N/A Cloudy, good vis SSE f 4 Slight 10/05/15 14:25 Person missing thought to be suicidal
15. At 13:26 whilst returning from the previous service we were requested to search for a missing 30 year old male who was possibly suicidal and had last been seen near Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club. The lifeboat was on scene at the East Pier at 13:29 and a search towards Splash Point was commenced. At 13:42 the Y boat was launched to conduct a shoreline search. At 13:50 we were stood down as the missing person had been found safe and well ashore. The Y boat was recovered at 13:55 and we returned to station arriving back on our berth at 14:15.
10/05/15 13:07 Cloudy, good vis SSE f 4 Slight 10/05/15 N/A Person in the water thought to be in difficulties
14. Solent CG paged the crew at 13:02 for an immediate launch to a person reported in the water 200m offshore at Telscombe Cliffs thought to be in difficulties. The lifeboat left the side at 13:07 and headed at full speed to the reported position arriving on scene at 13:18. The Y boat was launched and a search was commenced. At 13:21 the person concerned was reported to be safe and well ashore and it was established that he was a regular swimmer in the area. We were stood down at 13:23 with the incident deemed a false alarm with good intent. The Y boat was recovered and we left the scene at 13:25 but at 13:26 we were tasked to another incident.
10/05/15 N/A Cloudy, good vis SSE f 4 Calm 10/05/15 12:30 Yacht with engine failure
13. At 11:59 we were requested by Newhaven VTS to assist a 28ft yacht with 3 PoB which had suffered engine failure and was unable to anchor 100m from the East Pier. We were on scene at 12:03 and discovered that the vessel's main bearing had sheared but otherwise all was well on board. Out tow was passed at 12:04 and the yacht was towed to the marina where it was placed on a berth at 12:22. We were back on our berth at 12:28.
10/05/15 10:59 Cloudy, good vis SSE f 4 Calm 10/05/15 N/A Paraglider with gear fouled on cliff face
12. At 10:57 whilst on exercise we were requested by Solent CG to assist a paraglider who had crashed into the face of the cliff beneath the NCI lookout and his rigging had become snagged. We headed for the reported position and arrived on scene at 11:06. Newhaven CG mobile had also been tasked and we were able to con them towards the casualty's position where they arrived at 11:08. Our Y boat was launched at 11:15 with 2 crew aboard and when ashore one crew member went to reassure the casualty. He was unable to release his rigging as it was under load from his own weight. Birling Gap CG mobile arrived on scene at 11:30 and East Sussex Fire & Rescue arrived at 11:31. Newhaven CG lowered a Technician down to the casualty and at 11:34 with the weight taken off his gear the paraglider was released. He was lowered down the cliff and was handed into the care of a SECAMB Paramedic at 11:46 when it was established that he was uninjured. The Y boat left the beach at 11:53 and was recovered at 11:58 when we were tasked to the next incident.
01/05/15 10:10 Part cloudy, good vis NNE f 5 Moderate 01/05/15 10:58 Fishing vessel with machinery failure
11. Our LOM was paged by Solent CG at 09:57 to request that we launch to take over the tow of a 6m fishing vessel The casualty with 1 PoB had suffered engine failure and was under the tow of the Workboat "Coast Runner" who due to operational requirements was unable to continue with the tow. The crew were paged at 09:59 and the lifeboat left the side at 10:10 arriving on scene approximately 0.5NM SE of Newhaven at 10:19. "Coast Runner" released their tow and we passed our towline and towed the fishing vessel to Newhaven where it was placed on the Visitors' berth in the marina. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 10:58.
28/04/15 17:14 Part cloudy good vis SE f 7 Moderate to rough 28/04/15 18:15 Jet ski thought to be in trouble
10. Solent CG had received a report of 4 persons in the water at Splash Point attempting to recover a jet ski and there was concern for their safety in the choppy conditions. Our LOM was paged at 17:03 to request that we launch to assist. The crew were paged at 17:06 and the lifeboat left the side at 17:14 arriving on scene at 17:22. It was established that there was only 1 person involved and the jet ski was already on the beach. Weather conditions precluded launch of the Y boat but we stood by until additional CG resources arrived on scene to recover the jet ski from the beach. Once the jet ski was well clear of the surf we were stood down at 17:48 and returned to station arriving back on our berth at 18:00.
15/04/15 17:36 Clear sky, excellent vis SSW f 3 Calm 15/04/15 18:45 Cabin cruiser with machinery failure 
9. Solent CG paged our LOM at 17:27 to request that we launch to assist a 20ft cabin cruiser which had suffered engine failure. The vessel which had 1 PoB was reported to be approximately 2 to 3 miles east of Newhaven. The crew were paged at 17:31 and the lifeboat left the side at 17:36. It was established that the vessel was 2NM south east of Newhaven and the lifeboat arrived on scene at 17:51. Having checked all was well on board apart from the engine failure our towline was passed and we started to tow the vessel to Newhaven at 17:58. The vessel was put on a berth in the marina at 18:35 and the lifeboat was back on our mooring at 18:43.
14/04/15 18:35 Clear sky, good vis SSW f 1 Calm 14/04/15 19:15 Paraglider down in the sea
8. Our LOM was paged by Solent CG at 18:28 to request our immediate launch to a paraglider reported to have come down in the sea who was entangled in his chute and rig just east of Splash Point at the eastern end of Seaford Bay. The crew were paged at 18:30 and the lifeboat left the side at 18:35. The casualty was reported to be only 70ft from the shore so the Y boat was prepared for launch with 2 crew in dry suits. As we approached the scene at 18:43 we were informed by CG units that the casualty had made his own way ashore and was safely in their care. We were stood down and returned to station arriving back on our berth at 19:00.
10/04/15 14:50 Clear sky, good vis SW f 3 Slight 10/04/15 17:00 Person fallen from cliffs
7. Solent CG paged our LOM at 14:43 to request that we launch to a person reported in the sea just east of the undercliff walk at Peacehaven. The crew were paged at 14:45 and the lifeboat left the side at 14:50 and made best speed to the position. En route the Y boat was readied for launching. On scene at 14:55 the Y boat was immediately launched at which time an updated report advised that the casualty was thought to have fallen from the cliffs. The Y boat proceeded to the position and the person was spotted in the water close to the shore line. He was quickly assessed but there were no signs of life. The Y boat took the casualty on board and he was transferred to the nearby promenade where Coastguards and Paramedics were waiting. Paramedics confirmed the casualty was deceased. The Y boat crew were asked to search along the rocks and shoreline for any personal possessions. Once the search was completed the Y boat was recovered and we left the scene at 15:47 arriving back on our berth at 16:05.
10/03/15 15:27 Part cloudy sky, good vis SSE f 3 Calm 10/03/15 17:00 Angling vessel with machinery failure
6. Our LOM was paged at 15:18 by Solent CG to request that we launch to assist an 18ft angling vessel with 2 PoB which had suffered engine failure due to overheating approximately 2NM south of Cuckmere Haven. The crew were paged at 15:20 and the lifeboat left the side at 15:27 arriving on scene at 15:45. Having established all was well aboard apart from the machinery failure our towline was passed and a tow started towards Newhaven at 15:51. The casualty vessel was placed on a berth in the marina at 16:30. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 16:35.
03/03/15 17:30 Clear sky, good vis WSW f 5 Moderate 03/03/15 19:45 Person missing thought to have fallen from cliffs
5. Solent CG telephoned the lifeboat station at 17:15 to request that we launch to assist in a search for a vulnerable male who had been reported as missing in the vicinity of Belle Toute lighthouse and it was thought he may have jumped from the cliffs. The crew were paged at 17:19 and the lifeboat left the side at 17:30 arriving on scene at 17:44. An extensive search was carried out from the surf line out to 3 cables off between Cuckmere Haven and Beachy Head. Nothing had been found by 19:00 so we were stood down and returned to station arriving back on our berth at 19:35.
18/02/15 09:50 Part cloudy, poor vis SE light airs Calm 18/02/15 11:15 Angling vessel with machinery failure
4. At 09:36 Solent CG paged our LOM to request that we launch to a 17ft vessel with 2 persons on board which had suffered electrical failure approximately 4NM SSE of Newhaven. The crew were paged at 09:40 and the lifeboat left the side at 09:50 an arrived on scene with the casualty at 10:02. Our towline was passed and at 10:10 we started a tow towards Newhaven. The vessel was placed on the visitors berth in Newhaven marina at 10:58 and the lifeboat was back on our berth at 11:00.
04/02/15 N/A Not recorded Not recorded Not recorded 04/02/15 N/A Person intending to jump from swing bridge
3. Solent CG paged our LOM at 23:05 to request that we launch to a person threatening to jump from the swing bridge north of our station. The crew were paged at 23:07 but as we were mustering ready to launch it was reported that the person had been apprehended by Sussex Police. We received a cancel launch signal at 23:11 and were stood down.
11/01/15 15:45 Cloudy, good vis WSW f 7 Moderate 11/01/15 16:20 Kite surfer thought to be in trouble
2. Our DLA was paged at 15:37 by Solent CG to request that we launch to assist a kite surfer reported to have become detached from his kite and board in Seaford Bay. The crew were paged at 15:39 and the lifeboat left the side at 15:45. Just as we launched it was reported that the surfer had made his own way ashore and left his gear drifting. Due to the fading light the Coxswain decided to proceed to recover the gear to prevent the casualty from re-entering the water to retrieve it and possibly get into further difficulties. As we neared the reported position the kite and board washed up on the beach so we returned to station at 15:55 and were back on our berth at 16:15.
10/01/15 02:08 Squalls, good vis WSW f 9 Rough - 3-4m swell 10/01/15 05:20 Two people in the water
1. Solent CG paged our DLA at 01:57 to request that we launch to assist with a search for two persons who had entered the sea in the vicinity of the Palace Pier at Brighton. The crew were paged at 01:58 and the lifeboat launched at 02:08 arriving on scene at 02:34. Shoreham lifeboat and CG Rescue Helo 104 were already on scene. Conditions were too bad for Brighton lifeboat to leave the marina so their crew had joined CG and police teams conducting shoreline searches. We searched close alongside the east of the pier before commencing a surf line search east towards Brighton marina. Our search then progressed out to sea at 1 cable spacings between the pier and marina while Shoreham lifeboat also searched west of the pier. With nothing found all search units were stood down at 04:30. We left the scene at 04:34 and the lifeboat was back on our berth at 05:05.
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