2016 Callouts

Date of launch

Time of launch

Weather

Wind

Sea state at
casualty or search area

Date returned

Time refuelled & RFS

Casualty

30/12/2016 12:12 Fog, very poor vis NW f 2 Smooth 30/12/2016 13:16 Small vessel reported to be in trouble
47. UK CG had received several 999 calls reporting a small vessel that appeared to be in trouble in Seaford Bay so at 11:58 they paged our DLA to request that we launch to assist. The crew were paged at 12:01 and the lifeboat left the side at 12:12 in very thick fog with severely restricted visibility. The lifeboat was conned onto the casualty's position by Newhaven CG mobile who had it visual from the beach. The lifeboat arrived on scene at 12:20 to find a 3m dinghy with 2 PoB. The outboard motor had broken down and the vessel was drifting to the west. The 2 persons were taken aboard the lifeboat to keep warm and at 12 :27 our towline was connected and we commenced a tow towards Newhaven. The vessel was landed into the care of Newhaven CG in the marina at 12:45. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 12:55.
17/12/2016 15:39 Cloudy, good vis NW f 4 Slight 17/12/2016 19:15 Angling vessel with engine failure
46. Our LOM was paged by UK CG at 15:29 to request that we launch to a charter angling vessel with 10 PoB which had an overheated engine approximately 11NM south of Brighton. The crew were paged at 15:31 and the lifeboat left the side at 15:39 arriving on scene with the vessel at 16:14. We established that all was well on board apart from the engine problem and transferred a crew member onto the vessel to see if any repair could be made. Unfortunately the coolant pipework was ruptured so nothing could be done. Leaving our crew member aboard to assist, our towline was passed and at 16:29 we commenced a tow towards Brighton marina. Inside the marina the vessel was brought up alongside the lifeboat and placed on the visitors berth into the care of Newhaven CG. We left the casualty at 18:10 and returned to station arriving back on our berth at 18:32.
17/12/2016 13:12 Fog, poor vis NNW f 2 Calm 17/12/2016 14:30 Report of possible man overboard from kayak
45. UK CG paged our LOM at 13:05 to request that we launch following a report from Newhaven NCI of a possible man overboard from a kayak approximately 3 cables south west of Newhaven harbour. The crew were paged at 13:07 and the lifeboat left the side at 13:12. Visibility in the harbour was less than 1 cable but once clear of the breakwater the fog cleared. The lifeboat was on scene with the kayak at 13:25 and it was quickly established that all was ok on board. The kayaker was dressed in appropriate foul weather gear and had waterproof VHF radio and flares. He was fishing and required no assistance. Newhaven NCI then reported another target which we investigated and found to be a large piece of driftwood. Satisfied that there was no person in trouble in the area we were stood down and returned to station arriving back on our berth at 14:20
23/11/2016 23:45 Clear sky, good vis NNE f 6 Moderate 24/11/2016 03:10 Fishing vessel with machinery failure
44. At 23:25 our LOM was paged by UK CG to request that we launch to a 14m fishing vessel with 3 PoB which was disabled having suffered a burnt out starter motor approximately 2.5NM SSW of Newhaven. The crew were paged at 23:29 and the lifeboat launched at 23:45 arriving on scene at 00:09. As there was no suitable berth in Newhaven and the vessel was from Shoreham it was agreed to tow it towards that port. Our towline was passed at 00:18 and the tow commenced at 00:23. We requested that the LOM at Shoreham be contacted to ask if they would launch to take over the tow which was agreed. We rendezvoused with Shoreham lifeboat approximately 3NM south of the Palace Pier at Brighton at 01:03. We released our tow at 01:05 and Shoreham lifeboat took over. We left the scene at 01:11 and the lifeboat was back on our berth at 02:40.
15/11/2016 09:02 Overcast, good vis WSW f 4 Slight 15/11/2016 10:25 Report of dinghy thought to be in trouble
43. Our LOM was paged by UK CG at 08:50 to request that we launch to a dinghy reported to have 8 people on board and possibly be in trouble 300 to 500 metres offshore between Peacehaven and Saltdean. The crew were paged at 08:52 and the lifeboat left the side at 09:02 arriving on scene at 09:15. A shoreline search was carried out westwards towards Rottingdean. There was no sign of the dinghy or any possible debris. There were 2 fishing vessels in the area and we closed both and asked if they had seen the dinghy but neither had seen any other vessels in the reported position. CG teams carried out a search under the cliffs but all they found was a wooden pallet floating just beneath the surface of the sea. We continued to search the area but with nothing found we were stood down to return to station at 09:42 arriving back on our berth at 10:10.
13/11/2016 10:30 Clear sky, good vis NNW f 6 Calm 13/11/2016 12:15 Report of person in the water
42. Having just completed our Remembrance Day service at sea we were about to enter the harbour when at 11:20 we were contacted by UK CG on VHF radio to request that we proceed to Seaford Head. The fishing vessel Valkyrie which was laying gear approximately 100m off the shore under Seaford Head had reported a person in the water in a wetsuit very close to the shore possibly cut off by the tide. The person was reported to be swimming towards the fishing vessel. We were on scene at 11:28 to find that the casualty had been taken aboard the Valkyrie together with his motorised wakeboard. We went alongside the fishing vessel and the casualty was recovered onto the lifeboat together with his board. It transpired the man was well and in no need of medical attention. He had left the beach near the Buckle car park earlier but the engine of his board had become swamped when he was under the cliffs. We headed back towards the Buckle and at 11:40 he was put into the water with his board a few metres from the beach and he safely swam ashore. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 11:52.
28/10/2016 12:00 Part cloudy, good vis WSW f 4 Slight 28/10/2016 13:45 Yacht with fouled propeller
41. UK CG paged our LOM to request that we launch to assist a 30ft yacht which had suffered a fouled propeller 1NM south of Belle Tout. The lifeboat left the side at 12:00 and was on scene with the casualty, which had managed to continue to head towards Brighton under sail, at 12:20. We asked the casualty to drop their sails and our towline was passed. At 12:30 we started a tow towards Newhaven. The yacht was placed on the marina visitor's berth at 13:20. The lifeboat was back on our mooring at 13:30.
21/10/2016 16:50 Overcast, good vis N f 3 Slight 21/10/2016 21:40 Angling vessel with engine failure
40. At 16:40 our LOM was paged by UK CG to request that we launch to assist an 11m angling vessel with 7 PoB which had suffered engine failure and was at anchor approximately 15NM south of Beachy Head in the south west bound shipping lane. The crew were paged at 16:42 and the lifeboat left the side at 16:50. En route we requested that a "Securité" transmission be made on VHF Channel 16 alerting vessels in the TSS of the casualty's predicament. We arrived on scene at 17:47 and having established that all was well on board apart from the engine failure we had the casualty raise their anchor. We passed our towline and at 18:02 we started to tow the vessel towards Newhaven and by 19:05 we were clear of the TSS. Inside the harbour the vessel was brought up alongside the lifeboat and placed on the marina visitor's berth at 21:00. The lifeboat was back on our mooring at 21:15.
15/10/2016 19:25 Cloudy, good vis SW f 7 Rough 15/10/2016 19:40 Sailing vessel meeting adverse weather conditions
39. Our LOM was paged by UK CG at 19:13 to request that we launch to stand by Brighton lifeboat which had launched to assist a yacht approximately 1NM east of Brighton marina which was meeting adverse weather conditions. The crew were paged at 19:16 and the lifeboat left the side at 19:25. As we were proceeding to the harbour entrance we were stood down as the vessel had made its own way into the marina escorted by Brighton lifeboat. We were back on our mooring at 19:31.
09/10/2016 10:10 Clear sky, good vis NNE f 4 Calm 09/10/2016 14:00 Report of person in the water
38. Whilst at sea on exercise we heard at 11:45 that a member of the public on the clifftop had reported a person on the beach undressing and entering the water near Beachy Head lighthouse and that they were concerned for his safety. Eastbourne ILB were tasked to the incident but as we were near the lighthouse with our Y boat already in the water we proceeded to the scene. On arrival we could not see anyone so we searched to the west towards Belle Tout lighthouse and spotted a group of people on the beach with one appearing to have come out of the water. Our Y boat approached the group and ascertained that they were foreign tourists enjoying a fine Autumn day on the beach and no-one was in difficulties. They were fully aware of the tide and possibility of becoming trapped but they had already planned when to leave to make their way back to Birling Gap to avoid that. We therefore reported the situation to UK CG and recovered our Y boat and returned to station arriving back on our berth at 13:40.
02/10/2016 17:35 Part cloudy, excellent vis WNW light airs Smooth 02/10/2016 21:05 Mayday from vessel reported to be sinking
37. At 17:26 our Coxswain telephoned our LOM to advise him that he had heard a Mayday call on VHF Channel 16. Our LOM immediately contacted UK CG and was informed that the Mayday call was from a vessel, details unknown, reported to be sinking 13NM south of Rottingdean with 2 persons in the water. Brighton lifeboat and CG Rescue Helo R104 had already been tasked to the incident. The report bore hallmarks of previous hoax calls but as UK CG regarded it to be a genuine distress call the crew were paged at 17:32 and the lifeboat left the side at 17:35. Arriving on scene at 18:10 we were requested to carry out a search in conjunction with one of the Rampion wind farm boats "Windcat 22" which took approximately 30 minutes. We were then given a new area to search on our own. A considerable number of other wind farm vessels responded to the incident and searched a huge area including further inshore. At 19:55 with nothing found despite a huge area searched by numerous vessels the search was called off and all units stood down. We were back alongside at 20:40.
19/09/2016 12:47 Overcast, good vis WSW f 3 Calm 19/09/2016 15:05 Body in the sea at base of cliffs
36. Our LOM was paged by UK CG at 12:32 to request that we launch to assist with the recovery of a body at the base of the cliffs at Crow Link, Seven Sisters. The crew were paged at 12:34 and the lifeboat left the side at 12:47 arriving on scene at 13:05. Members of Birling Gap CG were on the clifftop above the scene and on the beach to the east and confirmed that the body was in the sea and inaccessible from the shore. Our Y boat was launched at 13:13 with 2 crew aboard and they went ashore as directed by Birling Gap CG. The body was recovered and the Y boat left the beach at 13:25 and took the casualty to Birling Gap where it was taken ashore again and handed into the care of Birling Gap CG at the steps at 13:34. The Y boat returned to the ALB and was recovered aboard before we left the scene at 13:47 arriving back on our berth at 14:18.
05/09/2016 18:48 Overcast, good vis W f 3 Slight 05/09/2016 22:10 Broken down RIB towing a yacht
35. At 18:34 UK CG paged our LOM to request that we launch to assist an 8.5m RIB with 2 PoB which had broken down while towing an unmanned 20m yacht which was in the process of being fitted out. The crew were paged at 18:37 and the lifeboat left the side at 18:48 and proceeded towards the position given by the casualty which was west of Newhaven. There were no visual signs or radar targets in that area and we sought clarification of their position which was passed again in a confused format. We therefore called the vessel again and using VHF direction finder coupled with radar we located the casualty south of Seaford Head and the lifeboat was on scene at 19:15. The yacht had it's mast lashed on wooden frames on deck which were not thought to be particularly safe. While the RIB was towing the yacht the line had parted and been sucked into the RIB's waterjets. The vessel's crew were requested to put lifejackets on and take our towline leaving one aboard the yacht clear of the mast while the other would remain in the RIB towed astern of the yacht. Our towline was passed and at 19:38 we commenced a tow of both vessels in line astern towards Newhaven at approximately 5 knots. Shortly afterwards the person aboard the RIB informed us that the tow they had attached between the yacht and RIB had parted and the RIB was then adrift astern of the yacht. With the yacht still on a long tow the lifeboat was brought round in a large slow turn to come alongside the RIB which was then secured alongside our port beam and the person taken onto the lifeboat. As neither the RIB or yacht had any navigation lights fitted our searchlights were used to illuminate both vessels. We reached Newhaven harbour at 20:25 when the yacht was brought up and secured alongside our starboard side. Both vessels were placed on the marina visitors berth into the care of Newhaven CG with the yacht on the outer side to remain in deeper water. The vessels were finally secured at 21:40 and we were back on our berth at 21:46.
03/09/2016 12:25 Cloudy, good vis SSW f 3 Slight 03/09/2016 14:10 Person with severe chest pains on yacht
34. While the crew were at the station conducting a Storm Force Public Relations Day we overheard a Mayday call at 12:23 from a yacht approximately 1NM west of Newhaven with 4 PoB one of whom was suffering sever chest pains. UK CG also heard the call and at 12:24 they paged our crew for an immediate launch. We left the side at 12:25 and were on scene with the casualty vessel at 12:31.  2 Casualty Care trained crew members and first aid kits were transferred on board at 12:33 and the casualty was quickly assessed. CG Rescue Helo R163 had also been tasked but due to the close proximity of the incident to the harbour and following the initial assessment it was decided the casualty should be treated aboard the yacht and the helo was stood down. The casualty was reassured and treated with Aspirin, GTN spray and oxygen and his condition was closely monitored. At 12:36 we started to escort the yacht towards Newhaven harbour where we had crew members waiting to assist the them alongside our berth and arrangements were made for a paramedic ambulance to meet us on arrival at the lifeboat station. The yacht was alongside our berth at 12:54 and a Community First Responder was aboard at 12:56 with 2 SECAMB paramedics also aboard at 13:02 when the casualty was handed into their care. After an ECG and treatment the patient left the yacht at 13:12 and was taken by ambulance to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton. The yacht then moved to the marina visitor's berth and we were back on our berth at 13:20.
29/08/2016 12:54 Clear sky, good vis W f 2 Calm 29/08/2016 14:15 Dog fallen from the cliffs
33. Our LOM was telephoned direct by UK CG to request that we launch to recover what was presumed to be a deceased dog which had fallen from the highest point of the cliffs at Seaford Head. The crew were paged a 12:44 and the lifeboat left the side at 12:54 arriving on scene at 13:05. En route the Y boat had been readied and 2 crew were in dry-suits so the Y boat was deployed at 13:11. The dog was recovered from the water at 13:15 and taken to the ALB. The Y boat was recovered at 13:28 and the lifeboat left the scene having arranged with Newhaven CG that they would escort the dog's owners to our boathouse. We were back on our berth at 13:44 where the dog was returned to the owners.

Please, please spread the word that dogs should not be walked near cliffs unless safely on a lead.

17/08/2016 17:49 Clear sky, good vis SE f 4 Slight 17/08/2016 21:30 Body at the base of cliffs
32. UK CG paged our LOM at 17:39 to request that we launch to assist in the recovery of a person fallen from the cliffs at Seaford Head. Two Sussex Police officers were in attendance with the casualty and had confirmed due to the severe nature of the injuries the person was dead. The crew were paged at 17:43 and the lifeboat left the side at 17:49. En route the Y boat was prepared for launch and 2 crew donned dry-suits. The lifeboat was on scene at 18:01 and the Y boat was launched arriving with the casualty and attendant police officers at 18:11. Newhaven CG were also on scene and were preparing to deploy 2 cliff technicians down to the rocks. While one police officer monitored the Y boat with the incoming tide the remaining officer together with our crew and the first CG cliff technician recovered the casualty from a large rock pool and placed them in a body bag. When the second cliff technician arrived with a stretcher the casualty was prepared for evacuation and carried to the base of the cliff. One CG technician was taken up the cliff with the casualty, the lift commenced at 19:20 and was completed at 19:37. The casualty was handed into the care of HM Coroners Officer. The 2 police officers were taken aboard the Y boat and landed at Splash Point at 19:42. The remaining CG technician was also landed there at 19:53. With all emergency service personnel safely away from the scene we were stood down and recovered our Y boat. We left the scene at 20:05 and were back on our mooring at 20:25 when a thorough decontamination took place followed by a comprehensive debrief.
15/08/2016 15:25 Part cloudy, excellent vis ESE f 5 Smooth 15/08/2016 17:00 Yacht being driven ashore
31. At 15:14 our LOM was paged by UK CG to request that we launch to assist a 10m yacht with 3 PoB which had been dragging it's anchor and was being driven ashore at the west beach at Newhaven. Newhaven CG mobile was also tasked and the FV Thomas Andrew was standing by the casualty. The crew were paged at 15:17 and the lifeboat slipped her moorings at 15:25 arriving in scene at 15:28. The lifeboat manoeuvred bow first in towards the casualty on the beach and our towline was passed from the bow by heaving line. When the towline had been attached to the bow of the yacht weight was gently applied with one engine engaged slow astern. At 15:45 the yacht's bow came head to sea and the vessel was slowly towed bow to bow clear of the beach. The skipper was requested twice to go below decks and check for ingress of water. This was done and he confirmed the vessel was not taking on any water and he had the engine running. It was decided to slip the tow and let the vessel make it's own way into Newhaven marina under escort. The yacht was safely alongside the visitor's berth at 16:10 where it was assisted by Newhaven CG. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 16:25.
14/08/2016 14:43 Clear sky, excellent vis NNE f 3 Smooth 14/08/2016 16:30 Vessel with engine failure
30. Our LOM was paged at 14:37 by UK CG to request that we launch to assist a 4.5m powerboat with 2 PoB which had suffered engine failure approximately 1NM south of Cuckmere Haven. The crew were paged at 14:40 and the lifeboat left the side at 14:43 arriving on scene at 15:11. Once alongside we checked that all was well on board apart from the engine failure and we got the casualty to recover their anchor. We then transferred the 2 persons and their dog to the lifeboat and secured our towline. At 15:19 we started a tow towards Newhaven where the vessel was placed on the visitor's berth in the marina at 15:56. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 16:04.
12/08/2016 16:14 Clear sky, excellent vis WSW f 6 Moderate 12/08/2016 17:35 Speedboat reported close inshore with injured occupant
29. Whilst the crew were still aboard the lifeboat having returned from Sovereign Marina after planned maintenance UK CG called us on VHF and requested that we launch following a report of speedboat in trouble close inshore between Newhaven and Peacehaven. A 999 call had been received from a Peacehaven resident who had a distressed female knock on the door reporting a speedboat with 4 PoB in trouble in the surf with one occupant having a bleeding leg. Brighton lifeboat and Newhaven CG mobile were also tasked to the incident. We launched at 16:14 and arrived on scene at the end of the undercliff walk at 16:22 when we started a search close inshore heading west. At 16:31 we located the casualty vessel awash in the surf at the base of the undercliff walk. All search units then concentrated their search in the area for the four occupants potentially in the water. At 16:45 information was received that all four casualties had been seen to leave the area ashore. The vessel was swamped and with a reef preventing us or Brighton lifeboat approaching to attempt to recover and all occupants had been confirmed clear of the water we were stood down at 16:50. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 17:35.
05/08/2016 11:47 Clear sky, good vis WSW f 3 Calm 05/08/2016 13:10 Signal received from distress beacon
28. A distress signal from a PLB (personal locator beacon) had been detected and UK CG telephoned our Coxswain to request that he try to get a bearing to locate it. He reported it was strength 7 on a bearing of 210 from the lifeboat berth. At 11:36 UK CG paged our LOM to request that we launch to further investigate. The crew were paged at 11:38 and the lifeboat left the side at 11:47 and proceeded up the harbour making enquiries of a number of work vessels. The source of the signal was eventually traced to a wind farm contractor on the east quay who had inadvertently activated his PLB. The lifeboat was stood down at 12:50 and was back alongside our berth at 12:54.
02/08/2016 18:08 Part cloudy, fair vis SW f 7 Smooth 02/08/2016 19:05 Person entered water to rescue a dog
27. Our LOM was paged at 17:56 by UK CG to request that we launch to assist a female who had entered the water close to the ferry terminal to rescue her dog. The crew were paged at 17:58 and the lifeboat left the side at 18:08 by which time we were advised the person had come ashore on the west beach inside the breakwater where she was being assisted by Newhaven CG. It was established that one dog was also safely ashore but a second dog was missing. We started a search but it was soon reported that the second dog was safely ashore on the beach behind the east pier. The lifeboat was stood down and left the scene at 18:34 and was back alongside at 18:44.
31/07/2016 20:12 Cloudy, good vis WSW f 6 Moderate 31/07/2016 21:50 Persons thought to be trapped by tide
26. UK CG paged the crew at 20:04 following a report from Newhaven CG in response to a 999 call from a member of the public concerned that 2 persons may be trapped in a cave by the incoming tide. The lifeboat left the side at 20:12 and made best speed to the area arriving on scene at 20:17. En route the Y boat was prepared for launch and 2 crew donned dry suits. The Y boat was deployed and both boats conducted a search of several caves to the west between Old Nore and Peacehaven with the Y boat crew using a loudhailer to attract attention of anyone trapped. With nothing found we searched the shoreline from the last cave to the promenade steps at Peacehaven. Towards the end of this search 2 persons were spotted on the eastern end of the promenade and we asked Newhaven CG to check if they have been the persons spotted by the first informant. It turned out they were just walking along the promenade and stopped to watch us. With the incident thought to be a false alarm with good intent we were stood down and carried out a search of the shoreline and caves back towards Newhaven before departing the scene at 21:11. The Y boat was recovered inside the harbour and the lifeboat was back alongside at 21:35.
29/07/2016 13:38 Part cloudy, good vis SW f 6 Moderate 29/07/2016 15:05 Yacht with engine failure
25. At 13:20 UK CG paged our LOM to request that we launch to assist a yacht with 2 PoB which had suffered engine failure 0.5NM south if Newhaven. The crew were paged at 13:29 and the lifeboat left the side at 13:38 arriving on scene at 13:48. Our tow line was passed and the casualty vessel was towed into Newhaven and placed on a berth in the marina at 14:20. The lifeboat was back on our mooring at 14:35.
16/07/2016 10:35 Clear sky, good vis WSW f 3 Slight 16/07/2016 12:15 Jet-ski with machinery failure
24. Our LOM was paged by UK CG at 10:20 to request that we launch following a report from Newhaven NCI that a jet-ski had broken down off Seaford Head. The crew were paged at 10:22 and the lifeboat left the side at 10:35 and proceeded to the reported position. As nothing was found in that position we carried out a shoreline search and located the casualty at 10:54 300m west of the Cuckmere river. Two passing jet-skis offered their assistance and took the broken down jet-ski in tow towards Newhaven at 11:10. We escorted them until safely inside the harbour and were back on our berth at 12:05.
15/07/2016 19:14 Cloudy, good vis SW f 6 Moderate 16/07/2016 02:50 Man overboard from tanker mid channel
23. Aware of the situation from VHF radio traffic our LOM contacted UK CG concerning a man reported overboard from a tanker in the shipping lanes. During the telephone call he authorised our deployment and at 19:06 the crew were paged for an immediate launch. The lifeboat left the side at 19:14 and made best speed to an initial reported position approximately 24NM SW of Newhaven. En route we were passed instructions for a creeping line ahead search from a slightly revised position which we commenced when we arrived on scene at 20:15. CG Rescue Helo 104 was already on scene carrying out a search and Shoreham ALB were also deployed. Our initial search was completed at 21:17 and we were then deployed to a position approximately 4NM away to carry out a second creeping line ahead search which we started at 21:33. During this search at 21:45 we investigated a flashing light which was found to be a life-ring from the casualty vessel. We left the life-ring in situ as a datum marker and continued the search. At 21:52 we located a second life-ring nearby which was unlit and in view of the proximity of the two rings we were asked to carry out a sector search to completely cover the local area. Our sector search was commenced at 21:58 and completed at 22:28. With nothing found we re-orientated the search pattern by 30 degrees and carried out a second sector search which was completed at 23:25. We were asked to standby while an exit search of the area was calculated and while that was being prepared we recovered both life-rings to prevent them triggering further calls from passing vessels. Our exit search was then carried out and completed at 00:44 when we were stood down to return to station. We left the scene at 00:48 and were back on our berth at 02:01.
09/07/2016 14:52 Part cloudy, good vis SW f 4 Slight 09/07/2016 16:40 Person cut off by the tide
22. UK CG paged our LOM at 14:41 to request that we launch to assist an adult male who had been cut off by the tide under the Seven Sisters west of Birling Gap. The crew were paged at 14:45 and the lifeboat left the side at 14:52arriving on scene at 15:16. At 15:18 the Y boat was launched with 3 crew aboard and made it's way to the shore. The casualty was taken on board the Y boat which then proceeded west to land him into the care of Birling Gap CG at Cuckmere Haven. The Y boat was recovered and the lifeboat left the scene at 15:45 arriving back on our berth at 16:20.
27/06/2016 20:50 Part cloudy, good vis WSW f 3 Slight 27/06/2016 21:30 Person on cliff
21. At 20:37 UK CG paged our LOM to request that we launch following a report that the Police helicopter had spotted a man part way down a steep slope on the cliff face near to a sheer drop of approximately 150ft. Police units were already on scene and Newhaven CG mobile was en route. The crew were paged at 20:42 and the lifeboat left the side at 20:50 arriving on scene near the old radar site west of Newhaven at 20:56 with the Y boat made ready for use. As we stood by Newhaven CG CRT (Cliff Rescue Team) managed to lower one of their team and recover the casualty in a rescue harness before he was handed into the care of South East Coast Ambulance. We left the scene at 21:17 and were back on our berth at 21:28.
14/06/2016 02:02 Overcast, good vis WSW f 6 Moderate 14/06/2016 06:10 Yacht aground on rocks
20. Our LOM received a telephone call from UK CG at 00:25 to request that we launch when tidal conditions were more favourable to assist a 13m German yacht which had run aground the previous evening. The vessel with 1 PoB had run onto rocks west of Ovingdean at 21:26. After discussion with the Coxswain it was agreed the lifeboat would launch at 02:00 when the flood tide was at similar levels to when the vessel went aground. The crew were paged at 01:33 and the lifeboat left the side at 02:02 arriving on scene at 02:35. Brighton LB was already on scene as were Newhaven CG. It was established that the metal hulled vessel had not sustained any obvious damage. Our initial plan to fire a Speedline ashore for CG units to pass to the vessel was thwarted as the tide height coupled with a reef between us and the casualty meant we could not approach close enough for the line to reach. As the casualty was facing bow to the beach we asked if their engine was in working order which it was and we established that both the rudder and propeller were above the level of the keel. We requested that they use astern propulsion to see if they could claw off the rocks into deeper water. They managed to get off a short way before the wind and swell swung them broadside and aground again. Brighton LB was able to veer down on their anchor to the casualty's new position and pass a tow enabling them to pull the vessel stern first clear of the reef into deeper water. At 04:13 having checked again that there was no hull damage the casualty vessel was able to make it's own way into Brighton Marina escorted by Brighton and Newhaven lifeboats. When the vessel was safely berthed in the marina we left the casualty at 04:53 to return to station and we were back alongside our berth at 05:30.
11/06/2016 N/A Not recorded Not recorded Not recorded N/A N/A Cabin cruiser with engine failure
19. UK CG paged our LOM at 15:44 to request that we launch to assist a 22ft cabin cruiser which had suffered engine failure 300m south of Cuckmere Haven. The crew were paged at 15:46 but while the crew were mustering we received a report that another vessel had taken the casualty in tow and we were stood down.
09/06/2016 13:05 Clear sky, good vis ESE f 3 Slight 09/06/2016 17:15 Man overboard from fishing vessel
18. At 12:52 UK CG paged the crew to launch following a report of a man overboard from a fishing vessel approximately 28NM south of Newhaven. The lifeboat left the side at 13:05 and made for the position at full speed. Eastbourne and Shoreham ALBs were also tasked to the incident as was CG Rescue Helo 163. All search units were allocated search patterns to cover the area. We arrived on scene at 14:17 and commenced a parallel track search. At 14:25 UK CG reviewed the situation and with so many SAR units deployed in the middle of the Channel they were concerned that a substantial area of UK coast lacked ALB cover and so we were requested to return to station to cover the extended patch nearer to shore. Our Coxswain asked that the matter be referred to the RNLI Operations Room for clarification while we continued with our search tasking. At 15:10 by which time we had completed three-quarters of our initial search pattern we were informed that RNLI Ops had confirmed the decision that we be stood down so we left the scene and returned to station at cruising speed arriving back on our berth at 16:45.
04/06/2016 10:55 Part cloudy, good vis SW f 2 Smooth 04/06/2016 11:30 Person fallen from jetski
17. Our LOM was paged by UK CG at 10:48 to request that we launch to assist a person reported to have fallen from their jetski in Seaford Bay. The crew were paged at 10:49 and the lifeboat left the side at 10:55. As the lifeboat arrived on scene at 11:02 the casualty had managed to reach the shore. Newhaven CG assisted to recover the jetski onto the beach and then on to a trailer. No medical assistance was required so we were stood down at 11:05 and back on our berth at 11:30.
03/06/2016 15:20 Part cloudy, good vis NNW f 3 Smooth 03/06/2016 16:01 Report of unattended surfboard
16. UK CG paged our LOM at 15:06 to request that we launch to investigate following a report from a member of the public of a surfboard floating in the sea approximately 300m off Splash Point with no person in attendance. The crew were paged at 15:08 and the lifeboat launched at 15:20 arriving on scene at 15:30. A quick search was made of the area but there was no sign of anyone in distress. The board was recovered aboard the lifeboat at 15:35 and it was evident from it's condition that it had been in the water for some considerable time. The lifeboat left the scene to return to station at 15:42 and was back alongside at 16:01.
01/06/2016 19:47 Part cloudy, good vis NNW f 5 Slight 01/06/2016 22:45 Yacht with fouled propeller
15. At 19:34 our LOM was paged by UK CG to request that we launch to assist a 33ft yacht with 1 PoB which had fouled it's propeller with a rope 2NM west of Beachy Head. The crew were paged at 19:37 and the lifeboat left the side at 19:47 arriving on scene at 20:08. 2 crew members were transferred onto the vessel to help with the tow line. We started to tow the vessel to Newhaven at 20:25. The casualty was placed on a berth in the marina at 21:40 and the lifeboat was back alongside at 21:45.
22/05/2016 14:13 Part cloudy, good vis WSW f 3 Smooth 22/05/2016 17:55 Person fallen from cliff  Rescue 163 over the casualty as Biring Gap CG approach on foot and the Y boat stands off
14. UK CG paged our LOM at 14:01 to request that we launch to a person reported to have fallen from the cliff at Bailey's Hill, one of the Seven Sisters west of Birling Gap. The crew were paged at 14:06 and the lifeboat left the side at 14:13 and arrived on scene at 14:29. The Y boat was launched with 3 crew and medical equipment aboard. 2 members of Birling Gap CG were making their way along the beach to the reported position and CG Rescue Helo 163 arrived on scene and winched their paramedic winchman down to the casualty. Once the helo was clear of the scene our Y boat went ashore and the crew assisted the paramedic and Birling Gap CG in attending to the casualty who was conscious. When the casualty was stabilised he was winched up to the helo at 15:33 and flown straight to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton. Our Y boat ferried the 2 members of Birling Gap CG to the ALB and we returned them to the steps at Birling Gap. We returned to station at 16:25 towing the Y boat which could not be recovered due to a burst hydraulic pipe on the crane. Both boats were back alongside at 17:20.
12/05/2016 N/A Not recorded Not recorded Not recorded N/A N/A Fishing vessel thought to have engine failure
13. Our LOM was paged by UK CG at 07:40 to request that we launch to a 19ft open fishing vessel just off the beach near the Martello Tower in Seaford Bay following a report that the vessel appeared to have engine failure. The crew were paged at 07:58 but as the crew were mustering the vessel was confirmed to be under way heading towards Newhaven. The launch was therefore cancelled at 08:06.
21/04/2016 12:13 Fair, good vis NE f 5 Slight 21/04/2016 14:33 Dog fallen from cliff
12. At 11:54 UK CG paged our LOM to request that we launch to recover a dog which had fallen from the cliff top at the Seven Sisters. The crew were paged at 12:03 and the lifeboat left the side at 12:13 arriving on scene at 12:27. The Y boat was launched at 12:32 with 3 crew aboard and a search was commenced along the shoreline. The dog was spotted at 13:03 and the Y boat went ashore to recover it. Sadly the dog had not survived. The Y boat was back alongside the ALB at 13:10 and was recovered at 13:15 when the lifeboat left the scene. We were back alongside at 13:41 where the dog was handed into the care of the owners.
17/04/2016 10:45 Clear sky, excellent vis NW f 2 Calm 17/04/2016 11:45 Powerboat with engine failure
11. Whilst on exercise we were requested by UK CG at 10:44 to assist a 5m powerboat with 1 PoB which had suffered engine failure just south of the Martello Tower in Seaford Bay. We were on scene with the casualty at 11:02 and checked with the occupant that apart from the engine failure all was well on board. One crew member was placed aboard the vessel to assist with the recovery of the anchor. Once that was recovered our towline was passed and at 11:12 we started to tow the vessel to Newhaven. The casualty was placed alongside the marina visitor's berth at 11:45 and we returned to sea to resume our exercise.
13/04/2016 13:30 Cloudy, excellent vis SW f 2 Calm 13/04/2016 15:55 Powerboat with potential engine fire
10. Our LOM was paged by UK CG at 13:21 to request that we launch to assist a 10m powerboat with 2 PoB which had a possible engine fire and had transmitted a Mayday call on VHF radio. The crew were paged at 13:23 and the lifeboat left the side at 13:30 making best speed towards the reported position. Contact was made with the vessel as we left the harbour to ensure the occupants were wearing lifejackets and during that conversation it was established that the initial position we were tasked to was incorrect so we altered course to the correct position. We arrived on scene with the vessel south of Cuckmere Haven at 13:50 and a crew member was put aboard to assess the situation. It was quickly established that the exhaust manifold and heat exchanger were fractured and leaking causing engine oil to be burnt off and steam produced but there was no actual fire. To prevent any further problems our crew member helped to isolate the fuel and electrical supply to the port engine. The skipper of the vessel was happy to cancel the Mayday and wished to return to Sovereign Marina at Eastbourne on his starboard engine. We offered to escort the casualty to Beachy Head and requested that Eastbourne ALB be launched to take over the escort duties back to Sovereign Marina. The escort commenced at 14:08 and at 14:37 our crew member was recovered. At 14:42 we handed over the casualty into the care of Eastbourne ALB and returned to station arriving back on our berth at 15:25.
06/04/2016 11:36 Overcast, good vis SW f 7 Moderate 06/04/2016 13:15 Powerboat with fouled propeller making heavy weather
9. UK CG paged our LOM at 11:26 to request that we launch to assist a 9m powerboat with 3 PoB which had fouled one of it's propellers south east of Birling Gap and was making heavy weather on the remaining engine. The crew were paged at 11:28 and the lifeboat left the side at 11:36 proceeding at cruising speed east towards Birling Gap. The lifeboat was on scene with the casualty south of Hope Gap at 11:54 to find the vessel was making about 6 knots. After discussion with the skipper it was agreed that in the conditions we would be unlikely to tow the vessel any faster and it would not be prudent for one of their crew to head forward to connect a tow. We offered to escort the casualty to Newhaven and positioned the lifeboat upwind to break the waves for them. The casualty was escorted into Newhaven and on to a berth in the marina where we left them at 12:39. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 12:50.
30/03/2016 14:47 Overcast, good vis N f 3 Slight 30/03/2016 17:00 Body in the sea at base of cliffs
8. At 14:31 UK CG paged our LOM to request that we launch to assist in the recovery of a body in the water under Seaford Head. Sussex Police helicopter, call-sign "Police 37", was already on scene and had the casualty under observation. The crew were paged at 14:33 and the lifeboat left the side at 14:47 arriving on scene at 14:55 at which point Police 37 had lost sight of the body in the surf. The Y boat was launched at 15:05 with 2 crew aboard. Although running low on fuel Police 37 having spotted the body again were able to con the Y boat towards the location before having to leave the scene to refuel. Despite repeated attempts the Y boat crew were unable to safely recover the body which was in dumping surf among rocks at the base of the cliff. Newhaven CG who were on scene at the cliff-top above the location were unable to safely lower members of their team as there was insufficient beach to land them on. UK CG therefore tasked CG Rescue Helo R163 to attend. R163 arrived on scene at 16:06 and by 16:13 their winchman had recovered the body and proceeded to the landing site at Royal Sussex County Hospital. Having stood by as safety cover during the winching operation we were stood down and recovered our Y boat before leaving the scene at 16:15. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 16:40.
25/03/2016 13:52 Clear sky, excellent vis N f 3 Smooth 25/03/2016 14:12 Jet ski with engine failure
7. Our LOM was paged at 13:32 by UK CG to request that we launch to assist a person on a jet ski that had broken down approximately 1NM SW of Newhaven harbour. The crew were paged at 13:36 and the lifeboat left the side at 13:52. Arriving on scene at 13:58 it was found that a RIB had already taken the jet ski in tow. The lifeboat therefore escorted the 2 vessels into Newhaven and when they were safely in the marina at 14:08 the lifeboat returned to our berth.
13/03/2016 09:40 Part cloudy, good vis ENE f 4 Smooth 13/03/2016 10:35 Search for possible persons on shoreline
6. At 09:30 UK CG paged our LOM to request that we assist Newhaven CG in a search at the base of the cliff where a burnt out car was located at the top. The crew were paged at 09:32 and the lifeboat left the side at 09:40 arriving on scene at 09:55. The Y boat was launched with 3 crew on board and 2 crew went ashore to search the rocks underneath and to the east and west of the car's position. The ALB also carried out a visual search 0.25NM either side of the position. Nothing was found and Sussex Police were satisfied that the car had been stolen with no loss of life. We were stood down and the Y boat was recovered. We left the scene at 10:20 and were back on our berth at 10:35.
10/03/2016 01:30 Part cloudy, good vis NNE f 3 Smooth 10/03/2016 02:00 Overdue fishing vessel
5. UK CG paged our LOM at 01:09 to request that we launch to search for a 28ft fishing vessel with 1 PoB which had departed Gosport at 13:00 and was due at Newhaven at 22:30 but had still not arrived. The crew were paged at 01:16 and the lifeboat left the side at 01:30. We were requested to carry out a shoreline search from Newhaven to Worthing as the last reported position of the casualty was off Worthing Pier at 22:30. At 01:47 UK CG reported that the vessel had been found safe and well in Brighton marina. We were stood down and returned to station arriving back on our berth at 02:00.
20/02/2016 13:06 Cloudy, good vis WSW f 8 Rough 20/02/2016 15:00 Man lost overboard from yacht
4. Our DLA was paged by UK CG at 12:57 to request that we launch to a man reported as lost overboard from a yacht approximately 6NM SSW of Shoreham Harbour. Shoreham ALB and CG Rescue Helo 104 had also been tasked. The crew were paged at 13:01 and the lifeboat left the side at 13:06 at best speed once clear of the marina. We were tasked to proceed to a position 12.5NM 260º from Newhaven and carry out an expanding box search for a person in the water wearing a lifejacket. As we approached the start position of our search with Shoreham ALB and R104 slightly ahead and to starboard of our heading Shoreham lifeboat reported on VHF that they had spotted a person in the water just south of their position. They requested R104 to recover the casualty directly from the water. R104 deployed their winchman and recovered the man and flew him direct to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton. Both Shoreham and Newhaven lifeboats were released from the scene at 13:47. We returned to station and were back alongside at 14:45.
11/02/2016 17:05 Part cloudy, good vis WSW f 4 Slight 11/02/2016 20:30 Fishing vessel run out of fuel
3. UK CG paged our LOM at 16:57 to request that we launch to assist an 18ft fishing vessel with 1 PoB which was reported to have run out of fuel approximately 4-5NM south of Newhaven. The crew were paged at 16:58 and the lifeboat left the side at 17:05. Whilst en route to the scene we were informed via a colleague of the casualty that he had limited VHF communications with a hand held radio and a mobile telephone that was permanently engaged. The colleague also believed the casualty may well have drifted further to the west than previously thought on the ebb tide. As we were heading west and formulating a search plan an alarm on the lifeboat indicated ingress of water in the engine room. It was quickly established that a cooling water pipe containing sea water was leaking over the starboard engine. We continued to the west on one engine while the fault was investigated and rectified. In view of the fading light and uncertainty of the the casualty's position we suggested to UK CG that Brighton or Shoreham lifeboats may be able to locate the casualty sooner and they therefore launched Shoreham lifeboat. The casualty fired his only distress flare which was seen by us and Shoreham lifeboat. Shoreham lifeboat proceeded to the position some 10NM south of Shoreham Harbour and took the casualty in tow. We were stood down to return to station and were back alongside at 19:45. The engine room was thoroughly cleaned to remove all salt water deposits and the boat was finally shut down at 23:00.
23/01/2016 13:05 Low cloud, moderate vis SSW f 4 Slight to moderate 23/01/2016 18:15 Search for missing person
2. At 12:53 our LOM was paged by UK CG to request that we launch to join the search for a missing person. A bag and personal effects had been found close to the cliff edge at Seaford Head and the person's car was located at Splash Point. Sussex Police were carrying out a search and Newhaven CG units were deployed to assist. The crew were paged at 12:59 and the lifeboat left the side at 13:05 arriving on scene at 13:16. An initial search was carried out along the shoreline from Splash Point to Hope Gap. Further CG units were deployed from Birling Gap and Eastbourne and the Police helo carried out an aerial search from Splash Point to Birling Gap. As it was established that the missing person had last been sighted 2 days earlier the lifeboat's shoreline search was extended from Tidemills to Cuckmere Haven. As the tide receded CG units were able to search the beach under Seaford Head along it's entire length. With 7 Police officers and 17 CG SAR officers conducting an extensive search on the cliff tops and shoreline in teams direct communications became difficult due to the undulating terrain so the lifeboat remained on scene as a communications hub to relay radio messages. Despite the comprehensive search nothing was found and all units were stood down as darkness fell. The lifeboat left the scene at 17:34 and was back alongside at 18:00.
16/01/2016 17:00 Clear sky, good vis NW f 3 Calm 16/01/2016 18:55 Sailing vessel with overheated engine
1. Our DLA was paged by UK CG at 16:45 to request that we launch to assist a 46ft ketch weighing 30 tonnes with 2 PoB which had suffered engine failure approximately 1NM SW of Newhaven. Smoke had been spotted in the engine compartment so the engine had been immediately shut down. The crew were paged at 16:47 and the lifeboat left the side at 17:00 arriving on scene with the casualty at 17:14. A crew member was put aboard the vessel to check the situation. It was quickly established that both occupants were uninjured and there was no sign of water ingress or risk of fire. Our tow line was passed and at 17:30 we started to tow the vessel to Newhaven. Inside the harbour the vessel was brought up alongside the lifeboat and placed on our pontoon as there was no other suitable berth available. The lifeboat was moored up at 18:40.
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