In an average year we would expect to get forty or fifty callouts which sounds like an average of one almost every week but callouts rarely happen like that. If you look at the service dates you will notice sometimes weeks go by without a call and then we can have several in a week, even on the same day. The common idea of a callout may be of a lifeboat launching into the teeth of a gale to rescue people from a foundering vessel and these sorts of service do happen but many of our callouts tend to be to resolve incidents to prevent them becoming life-threatening. Some callouts are exciting with positive results but often lifeboat calls are inconclusive with many hours of searching producing nothing.

There are many photographs of our lifeboats leaving and entering harbour but all too few exist of actual services taking place. This is partly because some services do not warrant pictures because there is nothing of particular interest to see and with some callouts such as the recovery of bodies pictures would simply not be appropriate. Unfortunately on the occasions when photos would be dramatic or interesting at the scene of a casualty we are normally unable to spare any crew to use a camera and more often than not we are not in sight of anyone ashore that may be able to take pictures. We hope that with the addition of our video camera mounted on the bridge we may be able to show more video footage. If there are pictures or video to accompany the details a Click on these symbols for photos or vid.jpg (1117 bytes) symbol is shown in the "Casualty" column.

In the extracts of service details some abbreviations and expressions have been used which are explained in the table at the foot of this page.

After every callout, whatever the time of day and regardless of the length of the service when we are are back alongside our mooring the boat and any equipment used are washed down and all gear is re-stowed ready for use again. Fuel and supplies or replacement equipment are taken on board as necessary and the boat is made ready for sea again as we never know when it will next be needed. It is only when all this has been done, and this can be quite some time after we are back alongside if the service has been a long one or a lot of gear has been used, we then report to the Coastguard that we are "Refuelled and ready for service" (RFS) as shown below.

2017 Callouts

Date of launch

Time of launch

Weather

Wind

Sea state at
casualty or search area

Date returned

Time refuelled & RFS

Casualty

21/11/2017 N/A Not recorded Not recorded Not recorded N/A N/A Suicidal female on swing bridge
56. At 23:05 UK CG paged our LOM to request that we launch to a suicidal female reported to be on the swing bridge north of the lifeboat station. The crew were paged at 23:08 but a further report was received that the female had been detained by Sussex Police so a cancel launch page was sent at 23:12.
21/11/2017 11:58 Clear sky, good vis WSW f 6 Slight 21/11/2017 14:50 Young person possibly fallen from cliffs
55. UK CG paged our LOM at 11:43 to request that we launch to search for a person believed to have jumped from Beachy Head. The crew were paged at 11:46 and the lifeboat left the side at 11:58. We were requested to carry out a search for a possible person in the water from Cuckmere Haven to the east as far as Cow Gap on the eastern side of Beachy Head. Birling Gap and Eastbourne CG units were carrying out searches ashore and CG Rescue Helo 163 searched from the air. We arrived on scene at the start of our search area at 12:09 and our first leg was completed at 13:11. We then returned westwards from Beachy Head arriving back at Cuckmere at 14:10. With nothing found we were stood down at 14:15 and the lifeboat was back on our berth at 14:35.
05/11/2017 15:05 Fair, good vis NW f 5 Slight 05/11/2017 17:15 Empty kayak found adrift
54. Our LOM was paged at 14:53 by UK CG to request that we launch to an upturned kayak which had been found by a yacht approximately 200m south of Brighton Marina. The crew were paged at 14:56 and the lifeboat left the side at 15:05 arriving on scene at 15:23. We recovered the kayak from the water and carried out a search to confirm there were no persons in the area. With nothing found we were stood down at 16:30 to return to station. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 17:10.
31/10/2017 02:25 Overcast, good vis NW f 2 Smooth 31/10/2017 06:28 Fire on board trawler in the harbour
53. At 02:09 our LOM was paged by UK CG to request that we launch to provide safety cover and assistance to fire fighters tackling a fire on board a trawler alongside a berth approximately 300m north of the lifeboat station. The crew were paged at 02:12 and the lifeboat left the side at 02:25 but due to the state of the tide was unable to proceed right to the scene. The Y boat was launched at 02:41 with 2 crew aboard and they were requested to stand by 50m north of the vessel prepared to evacuate personnel if necessary. The fire was initially fought from the river bank but at 03:17 3 fire fighters also boarded the vessel to tackle the blaze. At 03:34 the Y boat towed a floating pontoon into position and attached it alongside the trawler as a safety measure. At 03:45 the fire was reported to be under control and it was out by 04:37. The Y boat remained close by the vessel until all personnel and equipment had been recovered ashore. The Y boat was recovered on board the ALB at 05:43 and the lifeboat left the scene arriving back on our berth at 05:48.
29/10/2017 10:00 Overcast, good vis NNW f 5 Moderate 29/10/2017 12:00 Report of smoke on the beach west of Newhaven
52. Whilst at sea on exercise in the vicinity of Beachy Head we received a VHF radio call from UK CG at 10:50 requesting the we proceed towards Newhaven to investigate smoke reported near to the west pier. We started to head back to the harbour but at 10:56 we received a report that the fire had been checked out by the Harbour Master on CCTV and it was on the beach and our attendance was not needed. We therefore stood down and resumed our exercise.
19/10/2017 09:15 Overcast, good vis ESE f 4 Slight 19/10/2017 11:55 Missing person possibly fallen from cliffs
51. Our LOM was contacted by UK CG to request that we launch to carry out a search for a missing female who may have fallen from cliffs. The crew were paged at 08:56 and the lifeboat left the side at 09:15. We were asked to carry out a shoreline search from Newhaven to Beachy Head then step out a further 100m before searching back again towards Newhaven. CG teams were conducting a search from the shore and cliffs. At 09:53 CG Rescue Helo 163 located the casualty at the base of the cliffs but was unable to recover so we were requested to proceed to their position. We launched our Y boat with 3 crew aboard at 10:16 and the casualty was recovered onto the ALB at 10:30. The casualty was winched off the lifeboat by Rescue 163 at 10:40. We rendezvoused with Eastbourne ILB at 10:53 to recover some clothing they had picked up then left the scene arriving back alongside at 11:22.
18/10/2017 14:14 Sunny, good vis E f 2 Calm 18/10/2017 15:45 Becalmed yacht with electrical failure
50. UK CG paged our LOM at 14:00 to request that we launch to assist a yacht with 2 PoB approximately 1NM SE of Newhaven which had suffered electrical and was unable to sail into harbour in the light winds. The crew were paged at 14:03 and the lifeboat left the side at 14:14 arriving on scene at 14:28. Our towline was passed and at 14:35 we started a tow towards Newhaven. The yacht was placed on a berth in the marina at 15:00. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 15:15.
18/10/2017 08:52 Overcast, moderate vis E f 4 Slight 18/10/2017 10:40 Unconscious fisherman on trawler
49. At 08:38 our LOM was paged by UK CG to request that we launch to a trawler approximately 3.5NM SE of Newhaven with 2 PoB one of whom had collapsed and was unconscious. The crew were paged at 08:41 and the lifeboat left the side at 08:52 arriving on scene at 09:07. The trawler was steaming ahead with fishing gear down which had to be avoided as we went carefully alongside the vessel. Two Casualty Care trained crew were put aboard to assess the fisherman who had by that time regained consciousness. With no obvious cause of collapse the casualty was stabilised and given oxygen therapy before before being secured in a Neil Robertson stretcher. He was transferred onto the lifeboat at 09:46 and we left the scene at 09:48 making best speed back to Newhaven. The lifeboat was alongside our berth at 10:09 when the casualty was handed into the care of a waiting SECAMB crew.
12/10/2017 15:42 Fair, good vis SW f 5 Moderate 12/10/2017 17:35 Persons cut off by the tide under cliffs
48. Our LOM was paged by UK CG at 15:30 to request that we launch to assist 2 persons reported to be cut off by the tide under the Seven Sisters cliffs. The crew were paged at 15:33 and the lifeboat left the side at 15:42 arriving on scene at 16:00. The 2 persons were seen perched on top of a previous cliff fall under Flagstaff Point. The Y boat was launched at 16:03 with 3 crew aboard and it was veered in to the casualties on the anchor line through the breaking surf. The 2 persons were uninjured and were taken aboard the Y boat back out through the surf using the anchor line to keep head to sea. The casualties were put aboard the ALB at 16:37 and the Y boat was recovered before leaving the scene. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 17:06.
08/10/2017 10:00 Overcast, good vis NW f 3 Calm 08/10/2017 13:15 Small dinghy with engine failure
47. Whilst at sea on exercise we were contacted by UK CG by VHF radio call at 12:25 to request that we divert to assist a small sailing dinghy which had suffered engine failure near the entrance to Newhaven harbour. We arrived on scene at 12:32 to find that the vessel's engine had been re-started and the casualty was proceeding into the harbour. We escorted the vessel until it had safely entered the marina at 12:45. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 12:50.
04/10/2017 22:40 Overcast, good vis SW f 8-9 Rough 05/10/2017 05:55 Trawler with engine failure
46. UK CG paged our LOM at 22:25 to request that we launch to assist a 28m trawler with 6 PoB which had suffered engine failure whilst en route to Shoreham for repairs. The vessel was reported to be approximately 4.5NM SW of Newhaven but was being driven ENE at around 3 knots by the weather. The crew were paged at 22:31 and the lifeboat left the side at 22:40. We arrived on scene at 22:55 when the vessel had already drifted to a position approximately 3NM SSW of Newhaven. We called the vessel on VHF radio to check that all was well on board apart from the engine failure and to establish whether there was any fishing gear or lines in the water. We then circled the trawler to assess the conditions. The 140 tonne vessel had it's outrigger booms lowered and they were crashing into the sea as the trawler rolled heavily beam on to the waves making it difficult for us to approach too close. Our towline was passed at 23:15 and we slowly brought the vessel round head to sea. It had already been established that there was no berth available in Newhaven for the trawler which had originally intended to enter Shoreham after 08:00 the following morning when tidal conditions were favourable. It was therefore suggested that we should tow the vessel slowly to an anchorage 2NM south of Shoreham where the vessel could wait at anchor. We initially managed to tow the vessel at approximately 3 knots and had an ETA to the anchorage of 04:00. Conditions deteriorated through the night and our speed dropped to 2 knots at times. As we approached the anchorage we requested that Shoreham lifeboat launch to stand by the vessel while it was at anchor. At 04:16 after Shoreham lifeboat arrived on scene at the anchorage our towline was released and the trawler attempted to anchor but failed on 2 occasions to get the anchor to hold. Shoreham lifeboat moved in to pass their towline and they took the vessel in tow. We left the scene at 04:27 and were back alongside at 05:15. Several hours later the vessel was towed into Shoreham by 2 commercial tugs with Shoreham lifeboat standing by.
24/09/2017 15:20 Sunny, good vis SW f 3 Slight 24/09/2017 15:55 Jetski with electrical failure
45. Our LOM was paged by UK CG at 15:12 to request that we launch to assist a jetski in Seaford Bay with 1 PoB which had reported total electrical failure. The crew were paged at 15:15 and the lifeboat left the side at 15:20 arriving on scene at 15:26. Having established that the person was uninjured our towline was passed and we started to tow the vessel towards Newhaven at 15:29. There was insufficient height of tide to take the vessel in to the marina slipway but as we approached the marina entrance we hailed a small speedboat who agreed to tow the jetski in. We handed over the tow at 15:43 and the lifeboat was back on our berth at 15:46.
09/09/2017 15:50 Sunny, good vis W f 5-6 Moderate 09/09/2017 17:00 Vessel reported with no persons aboard.
44. UK CG had received several 999 calls relating to a RIB near Splash Point with no persons visible aboard in increasing winds. They paged our LOM at 15:40 to request that we launch to investigate. The crew were paged at 15:43 and the lifeboat left the side at 15:52 arriving on scene at 15:58. The RIB was found attached to a yellow marker buoy and there was no sign of occupants. A search of the area was immediately commenced to see if there were any persons in the water nearby but nothing was found. The lifeboat went alongside the vessel and established there was no fuel tank or oars on board. At this point UK CG reported that the owner of the vessel had contacted them to inform them they had left the vessel in that position and were safely ashore. We used a grappling hook to recover the line from the buoy and the vessel was taken in tow at 16:11. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 16:39 when the RIB was moored ahead of us on our pontoon.
03/09/2017 10:02 Overcast, good vis SW f 5 Moderate 03/09/2017 12:20 Woman reported to be in difficulties in the sea
43. Whilst on exercise we were contacted at 11:15 by our LOM who had taken a telephone call at the boathouse from a member of the public reporting a woman apparently in difficulties in the sea near the Saltdean cafe. We informed UK CG that we were proceeding and requested that they also task Brighton lifeboat to the incident. We arrived on scene at 11:21 and commenced a search of the area. At 11:25 we were informed by UK CG that the woman was safely back ashore and we were stood down. We were back on our berth at 11:50.
02/09/2017 16:55 Sunny, good vis SW f 4 Slight 02/09/2017 19:00 Jetski firing distress flares
42. At 16:45 our LOM was paged by UK CG to request that we launch following numerous 999 calls reporting sighting of a jetski in the vicinity of Cuckmere Haven firing orange smoke and red parachute distress flares. The crew were paged at 16:48 and the lifeboat left the side at 16:55. We arrived on scene at 17:14 and checked all was well except the jetski had suffered machinery failure. We passed the occupant a line and slowly pulled the vessel into deeper water. We then attached our towline and took the person aboard the lifeboat before commencing our tow to Newhaven at 17:28 rounding the breakwater at 18:18. There was insufficient depth of water for us to get the jetski to the marina slipway so we handed it over to a passing speedboat who towed it there for us while we stood by. The casualty was safely on the slipway at 18:33 and we were back on our berth at 18:37.
29/08/2017 17:06 Sunny, good vis SW f 2 Smooth 29/08/2017 19:45 Person fallen from cliffs
41. UK CG paged our LOM at 16:52 to request that we launch to recover a person believed to have fallen from the cliffs near Birling Gap. The crew were paged at 16:54 and the lifeboat left the side at 17:06. En route 3 crew donned dry suits and the Y boat was prepared for launch and oxygen and first aid equipment was readied. The lifeboat was on scene at 17:25 and the Y boat was deployed at 17:29 and directed to the position of the casualty by Birling Gap CG from the cliff edge. The Y boat crew were with the casualty at 17:35 and it was quickly confirmed that resuscitation was not viable due to the injuries sustained. The casualty was taken aboard the Y boat and transferred to the ALB at 17:56. The Y boat was recovered and the lifeboat left the scene at 18:07 arriving back on our berth at 18:32. Two Sussex Police officers who had been on scene at Birling Gap arrived at the station at 18:50. The crew decontaminated the Y boat and all associated equipment. The Coxswain remained at the station with the police officers until the casualty was removed by undertakers at 21:00.
27/08/2017 17:35 Sunny, good vis NW f 2 Smooth 27/08/2017 20:20 Substance making people unwell on the coast
40. Our LOM was paged at 17:22 by UK CG to request that we launch to search for the source of a substance that had made a large number of people unwell along the coast between Birling Gap and Beachy Head. The people were experiencing burning sensations in their eyes and sore throats which was thought to have been caused by a gas cloud. Police, Ambulance, Coastguard and Fire crews tended to the casualties ashore. The crew were paged at 17:24 and the lifeboat left the side at 17:35 arriving on scene at 17:50. A search was carried out from the western end of the Seven Sisters as far as Beachy Head where we rendezvoused with Eastbourne lifeboat who had been conducting a search from the east. The beaches were checked for anyone that may have been affected by the substance and boats in the vicinity were approached to check that all aboard were well. We searched back again to the western end of the Seven Sisters but with nothing untoward found were stood down at 19:38. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 20:05.
17/08/2017 16:30 Sunny, good vis SW f 7 Moderate 17/08/2017 18:17 Distressed female attempting to commit suicide
39. We were paged for an immediate launch by UK CG at 16:23 following a report of a distressed female entering the water to commit suicide. The lifeboat left the side at 16:30 and made best speed towards the reported position at the Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club in Seaford Bay. We arrived on scene at 16:38 but there was no sign of anyone in the sea in that position. We carried out a close inshore search all around the area and then extended our search along the bay to the east as far as Splash Point. Newhaven and Birling Gap CG teams searched along the beach and CG Rescue Helo 163 joined the search. We carried out two searches along the shoreline and then stepped out to search as far as the bathing buoys. At 17:43 we received a report that the female had been found safe and well at home and so all search units were stood down. We returned to station and were back on our berth at 18:00.
14/08/2017 18:48 Clear sky, good vis SE f 4 Calm 14/08/2017 20:40 RIB with total electrical failure
38. UK CG paged our LOM at 18:41 to request that we launch to assist a 20ft RIB with 3 PoB which had suffered total electrical failure and was at anchor unsure of their exact position although they could see a black windmill which we knew put them off Rottingdean. The crew were paged at 18:44 and the lifeboat left the side at 18:48 arriving on scene at 19:18. Having established that all was well aboard apart from the electrical failure we had the casualty raise their anchor and our towline was passed at 19:21. We towed the vessel to Newhaven where we placed them on a berth in the marina at 20:24. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 20:33.
13/08/2017 09:48 Sunny, good vis Variable f 3 Calm 13/08/2017 12:13 Dive boat with engine failure
37. As the crew were mustering for exercise our LOM was paged at 09:37 by UK CG to request that we launch to assist a dive boat with engine failure approximately 10NM south east of Newhaven. The 7.5m RIB had 9 PoB and was at anchor with no divers in the water. The lifeboat left the side at 09:48 and proceeded to the position at cruising speed arriving on scene at 10:20. The anchor was recovered as we approached and we went alongside the RIB to take all the occupants on board the lifeboat. Our towline was secured at 10:22 and we went the short distance to the divers shot line which we recovered at 10:35. We then commenced a tow to Newhaven where we placed the vessel on the marina visitors' berth at 11:58. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 12:13.
11/08/2017 N/A Not recorded Not recorded Not recorded N/A N/A Recovery of 2 bodies from the sea
36. Our LOM was paged at 07:14 by UK CG to request that we launch to recover 2 bodies that had been reported in the sea by a windfarm support vessel. The crew were paged at 07:17 but on checking the position of the report it was decided it would be better to task Shoreham lifeboat for the recovery so a cancel launch page was sent at 07:20 while the crew were mustering.
09/08/2017 14:10 Rain, good vis NW f 3 Calm 09/08/2017 15:25 Distressed female in the river
35. At 13:59 our LOM was paged by UK CG to request that we launch following reports of a distressed female in the river north of the lifeboat station. The crew were paged at 14:00 and the lifeboat left our berth at 14:10. 3 crew members donned dry suits and when on scene at the fish market at 14:12 we discovered the female had managed to get out of the water and was stood on the wheelhouse of a fishing vessel threatening to jump back in. The lifeboat with crew in dry suits positioned on the bow and stern went alongside the fishing vessel to prevent her re-entering the water on the eastern side. Newhaven CG members were on the shore staging to the west. 2 crew members went aboard the vessel and after some time managed to talk the female down. She was taken aboard the lifeboat at 14:45 and we were back on our berth at 14:51 where she was handed into the care of Sussex Police and SECAMB. We were stood down at 15:01.
07/08/2017 05:34 Clear sky, good vis WSW f 5 Slight 07/08/2017 10:25 Resumption of search for missing person
34. Resuming the search from the previous evening the lifeboat left the side at 05:34 arriving on scene at Splash Point at 05:37. The Y boat was launched with 2 crew aboard and carried out a shoreline search from the Martello Tower to Cuckmere Haven. The ALB searched the same area further offshore. CG mobile units again searched on the shoreline. We searched in 3 separate legs as far east as Belle Toute stepping a further cable out to sea. On completion of the third search leg back at Splash Point at 09:10 we were requested to continue to search back to Newhaven harbour. We recovered the Y boat at 09:47 and the lifeboat was back on our berth at 10:15.
06/08/2017 17:10 Sunny, good vis SW f 5-6 Moderate 06/08/2017 21:50 Person in difficulty in the water at Splash Point
33. UK CG paged the crew for an immediate launch at 17:02 having received a 999 report of a person in difficulty in the water at Splash Point at the eastern end of Seaford Bay. The lifeboat left the side at 17:05 and was on scene at 17:13. En route the Y boat had been prepared for launch and it was deployed at 17:14 with 3 crew aboard. The Y boat searched close inshore around Splash Point while the ALB searched further offshore. CG Rescue Helo 175 was also carrying out a search of the area while CG mobile units searched from the shore. As nothing was found in the area around Splash Point we were requested to extend our search east as far as Cuckmere Haven. Conditions were deteriorating so the Y boat was recovered at 18:30 before the commencement of that leg. Another search leg was carried out 2 cables further offshore but with nothing found and with fading light we were stood down at 20:30. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 20:50 and arrangements were made to resume the search at first light the following day.
03/08/2017 15:20 Sunny, good vis WSW f 7 Rough 03/08/2017 17:00 Mayday from a sinking vessel
32. UK CG received a partial Mayday call on VHF channel 16 reporting a small boat sinking 600m off Saltdean with 2 PoB. Our LOM was paged at 15:09 and despite this bearing all the hallmarks of previous hoax calls he agreed that we should launch. The crew were paged at 15:17 and the lifeboat left the side at 15:20. We commenced our search heading west at 15:30 and proceeded to Brighton Marina. Brighton ILB had also been tasked as had CG Rescue Helo 175 and CG mobile units on the shore. Our first search leg close inshore to Brighton Marina and back was finished by 16:05. We stepped further offshore and carried out a second search to the marina and back which was completed at 16:35. With nothing found we were stood down at 16:40 and the lifeboat was back on our berth at 16:50. This is the 5th very similar hoax call we have received in the last 2 years.
24/07/2017 11:45 Clear sky, good vis NW f 5 Moderate 24/07/2017 12:30 Inflatable dinghy being blown offshore
31. At 11:33 UK CG paged our LOM to request that we launch to the assistance of an inflatable dinghy in Seaford Bay that was reportedly being blown offshore with 2 PoB who were paddling frantically and waving for help. The crew were paged at 11:37 and the lifeboat left the side arriving on scene at 11:50. By that time the dinghy had made it safely back to shore and the 2 persons were seen to be carrying it back across the beach. The lifeboat was therefore stood down and left the scene at 11:56 arriving back on our berth at 12:30.
05/07/2017 17:25 Sunny, good vis ESE f 4 Calm 05/07/2017 19:25 Body at the foot of cliffs
30. Our LOM received a call from UK CG to request that we launch to provide safety cover for Birling Gap CG who were recovering a body from the base of the cliffs just west of Belle Toute. The crew were paged at 17:15 and the lifeboat left the side at 17:25 arriving on scene at 17:52. The body was taken up the cliff by the CG at 18:03 and we escorted the 6 remaining members of the CG team back to the beach at Birling Gap. We left the scene at 18:14 and were back on our berth at 18:34.
04/07/2017 15:28 Overcast, good vis WSW f 4 Slight 04/07/2017 18:55 Body at the foot of cliffs
29. UK CG paged our LOM at 15:16 to request that we assist CG teams in the recovery of a body from the base of the cliffs under the third of the Seven Sisters. The crew were paged at 15:19 and the lifeboat left the side at 15:28 arriving on scene at 15:47. The Y boat was launched at 15:52 with 2 crew aboard and was ashore at 15:54. The casualty was taken by Y boat and placed aboard the ALB at 16:20. The Y boat recovered 3 of the CG team ashore to the ALB at 16:27. They took the remaining 2 and landed them at the beach at Cuckmere Haven at 16:44 before collecting the first 3 and landing them at 16:52. The Y boat was then recovered and the lifeboat left the scene at 16:57 arriving back on our berth at 17:25. The casualty was handed into the care of the Coroner who left the boat house at 18:40.
02/07/2017 16:40 Sunny, good vis SW f 5 Moderate 02/07/2017 18:30 Jet ski reported in difficulty
28. Our crew was paged by UK CG at 16:32 to request that we launch to assist a jet ski reported by Newhaven Coastwatch to be in trouble 0.5NM south of Seaford Head. The lifeboat left the side at 16:40 and was on scene at Splash Point at 16:50. A quick search eastwards found the rider and jet ski ashore at the base of the cliffs just east of a large recent cliff fall. The Y boat was launched at 17:04 with 3 crew aboard and headed for the casualty. Fortunately the cliff fall assisted our Y boat crew as the large mound of chalk acted like a breakwater and created a calmer area to the east making it easier to get ashore. The casualty was found to be uninjured but cold. He was taken back to the ALB at 17:06 while one crew member remained ashore with the jet ski. On the ALB the casualty was wrapped in dry clothing and given a warm drink. The jet ski was brought out from the shore at 17:10 and was towed to Newhaven with one crew member aboard to keep it stable whilst the Y boat followed. At the marina the Y boat towed the jet ski to the slipway at 17:55 before returning to collect the rider at 18:00. The Y boat was recovered at 18:06 and the lifeboat was back on our berth at 18:13.
02/07/2017 11:50 Sunny, good vis NNW f 4 Slight 02/07/2017 13:36 Angling vessel with fouled propeller
27. While the crew were on station for exercise UK CG paged our LOM at 11:43 to request that we launch to assist a 33ft angling vessel with 3 PoB approximately 1NM south of Cuckmere Haven which had a rope around it's starboard propeller. Our LOM authorised the launch and we left the side at 11:50 arriving on scene at 12:08. Having checked all was well aboard apart from the fouled propeller we checked with the casualty if they believed the rope had anchored them to the seabed which they did. Several times we manoeuvred close to the stern of the vessel and dropped our grappling hook in an attempt to recover the rope but we were unable to do so. We then went alongside the vessel and placed a crew member aboard with the grappling hook. He repeatedly trawled around the casualty with the hook but was still unable to snag the line. We asked the casualty to slowly go ahead using the port engine to see if they were still attached to the seabed but it appeared they were not. We therefore slowly escorted the vessel towards Newhaven. After a short distance we asked for them to try to see if the starboard propeller shaft was turning which it was. They slowly started to use the starboard engine and it appeared that the propeller shaft had freed itself. We therefore escorted the vessel under her own power back to harbour. When inside we went alongside and recovered our crew member at 13:10 and we were back on our berth at 13:16.
01/07/2017 N/A Not recorded Not recorded Not recorded N/A N/A Dinghy reported to be in trouble
26. At 18:42 our LOM was paged by UK CG to request that we launch to assist a dinghy with 1 adult and 2 children aboard approximately 500m west of Newhaven breakwater which was reported to be in trouble. The crew were paged at 18:45 but while the crew were mustering a report was received that the dinghy had managed to get ashore so the launch was cancelled.
25/06/2017 10:46 Overcast, good vis WSW f 5 Moderate 25/06/2017 12:30 Jet ski reported in difficulty
25. Having returned to our berth on exercise we were requested by UK CG at 10:43 to launch to a jet ski reported in difficulty west of Saltdean. We left the side at 10:46 and proceeded to the area at speed. Brighton lifeboat were also tasked to search from the west. We arrived on scene at 11:00 and conducted a shoreline search west to Rottingdean but nothing was found. We returned to the east and then repeated the whole search again. Brighton lifeboat also carried out 4 search legs. Newhaven CG teams searched from the cliff and undercliff walks including interviewing members of the public who had seen no sign of a jet ski in the area. With nothing found we were stood down at 12:05 and were back on our berth at 12:30. The incident was believed to be a hoax.
23/06/2017 05:42 Overcast, good vis NW f 4 Slight 23/06/2017 06:35 Person struggling in the water
24. The crew were paged at 05:32 by UK CG to respond to a report of a female struggling to swim near to the shore at Splash Point. The lifeboat left the side at 05:42 and was on scene at 05:50 when it was reported that the casualty had been recovered from the water by a member of the public. We stood by until it was confirmed that the woman was definitely safe. We were stood down at 06:10 and the lifeboat was back on our berth at 06:35.
22/06/2017 20:33 Clear sky, good vis SW f 4 Moderate 22/06/2017 22:45 Concern for persons following cliff fall
23. Our LOM was paged at 20:25 by UK CG to request that we launch to assist with a search for persons that may have been involved in a further cliff fall at Seaford Head. The crew were paged at 20:27 and the lifeboat left the side at 20:33 arriving on scene at 20:50. Due to the height of tide Newhaven CG teams ashore were unable to access the area but were searching from Splash Point and on top of the cliffs. We searched the area thoroughly but nothing was found. We were asked by Newhaven CG to provide accurate locations for each of the 3 recent falls so they could be plotted to ascertain the area affected at the top of the cliffs. We did this by radar plotting and also provided a position of 2 further large cracks in the chalk. We were stood down at 21:57 and the lifeboat was back alongside at 22:17.
21/06/2017 17:00 Sunny, good vis S f 3 Slight 21/06/2017 19:35 Persons possibly caught in large cliff fall
22. At 16:49 UK CG paged our LOM to request that we launch following reports of persons possibly injured in a large cliff fall at Seaford Head. The crew were paged at 16:52 and the lifeboat left the side at 17:00 arriving on scene at 17:15. Our Y boat was launched at 17:20 with 2 crew aboard and they took water ashore for the CG teams already searching the area around the cliff fall. We were requested to take Fire Service personnel from the beach at Splash Point to the cliff fall area so they could carry out a search with thermal imaging cameras. Our Y boat picked up 2 officers at 17:40 and they started a search of the fall from the sea at 17:49. CG rescue helo R163 also carried out a search of the area with thermal imaging camera. CG teams and Sussex Police searched at the top and the base of the cliffs for any signs of persons involved but nothing was found. Throughout this time we were used to relay radio messages as many units were unable to communicate by VHF being close under the cliffs. Owing to the rising tide and the length of time they had been exposed to the extreme heat of the sun we were requested to ferry the Fire Service and CG teams back from the search area to Splash Point and the Y boat started this at 18:17. At 18:40 when leaving the beach the Y boat crew spotted a swimmer in difficulties and diverted to rescue her and land her back on the shore. The last of the search teams were dropped of at Splash Point at 18:53 and the Y boat was then recovered. We were stood down at 19:07 and the lifeboat was back on our berth at 19:22.
19/06/2017 11:20 Sunny, good vis S f 2 Calm 19/06/2017 11:50 Suicidal male entered the sea
21. Our crew were paged at 11:04 to respond to a report of a suicidal and aggressive male having entered the sea at Cuckmere. Our LOM was paged shortly afterwards to authorise the launch. The lifeboat left the side at 11:20 but at 11:28 whilst still en route we received confirmation that the man had been recovered from the water by CG units and he was in the custody of Sussex Police. We were therefore stood down to return to station arriving back on our berth at 11:45.
18/06/2017 12:41 Sunny, good vis SW f 3 Calm 18/06/2017 19:43 Cabin cruiser taking on water
20. UK CG paged our crew at 12:32 to respond to a 33ft cabin cruiser with 5 PoB which had sent a distress call stating that they were 0.5NM south of Newhaven and that the vessel was taking on water and sinking. The lifeboat left the side at 12:40 and was on scene with the casualty vessel at 12:46 as it was entering the inner harbour. We immediately secured the casualty alongside and a crew member went aboard to assess the situation. We had the casualty stop their engine and deck boards were raised revealing the water level was just over the batteries in the engine compartment. Our salvage pump was transferred aboard the vessel to commence pumping. At 12:56 the lifeboat was back on our berth with the vessel alongside. The vessel was pumped as dry as possible but water ingress continued when the pump was stopped although we were unable to detect where the water was coming in. Arrangements were made to for the vessel to be towed by the Pilot Boat to a boatyard north of the swing bridge but that could not take place until nearer high water at 18:27. We continued to pump the vessel out approximately every half hour through the afternoon. At 17:50 the Pilot Boat took the casualty vessel alongside with 3 lifeboat crew on board to operate our salvage pump. The Pilot Boat towed the casualty alongside through the bridge and safely delivered it into the hoist at the boatyard at 18:40. They returned the lifeboat crew to our boat at 19:05.
11/06/2017 11:31 Cloudy,good vis WSW f 4 Moderate 11/06/2017 14:00 Person injured having fallen from jet ski
19. While we were on exercise UK CG received a report of a person injured who had fallen from his jet ski in the vicinity of Splash Point. At 11:31 we were requested to proceed to the scene and assist the injured man who was believed to have suffered a broken leg. We arrived on scene at 11:45 to find the man had hauled himself out of the water onto a ledge on the cliff. The jet ski was in the surf breaking up on the rocks. Despite the current wind there was significant surf breaking following higher winds earlier in the day and having assessed the situation we were unable to send the Y boat in to assist the man. We approached as close as possible and managed to call across that help was on it's way and we would stand by until he was recovered. Newhaven and Birling Gap CG cliff teams set up their gear to recover the casualty up the face of the cliff. We were able to help them locate their gear in the correct position so they could lower a CG Technician straight down onto the ledge alongside the casualty. We managed to keep the casualty informed of progress. The casualty was prepared for recovery and at 12:50 the ascent started and the 2 men were on top of the cliff at 13:00. The casualty was handed into the care of SECAMB. We left the scene at 13:04 and were back on our berth at 13:23.
08/06/2017 19:50 Clear sky,good vis SW f 3 Slight 09/06/2017 00:45 Yacht with fouled propeller
18. Our LOM was paged by UK CG at 19:31 to request that we launch to assist a 10m sailing vessel with 3 PoB which had a fouled propeller approximately 25NM SSW of Newhaven. The crew were paged at 19:33 and the lifeboat left the side at 19:50. While we were en route we were informed that the fishing vessel "Imogen Lee" was proceeding to assist the yacht. The "Imogen Lee" started to tow the vessel and we rendezvoused with them at 20:50 by which time they had towed the yacht approximately 4NM to the north. Our towline was passed at 20:57 and we started a tow towards Newhaven. Inside the harbour the yacht was brought up alongside the lifeboat and placed on a berth in the marina at 23:50. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 00:05.
01/06/2017 18:07 Clear sky, good vis SSW f 2 Calm 01/06/2017 18:47 Medical emergency aboard car ferry
17. At 17:56 UK CG paged the crew to respond to a medical emergency aboard a car ferry where a passenger had suffered a suspected cardiac arrest. The lifeboat left the side at 18:07 but whilst under way to the scene we received confirmation from a doctor on board the ferry that life was extinct. We were then stood down and returned to station arriving back on our berth at 18:35.
29/05/2017 13:45 Clear sky, good vis SSW f 2-3 Calm 29/05/2017 15:23 Cabin cruiser with engine failure
16. Whilst the crew were still aboard from the previous service we were contacted by UK CG to request that we launch to assist a 22ft cabin cruiser with 2 PoB 0.5NM SE of Newhaven which had suffered engine failure. The lifeboat left the side at 13:45 and was on scene with the casualty vessel at 13:57. Having established all was well aboard apart from the engine failure our towline was passed and we started to tow the vessel to Newhaven at 14:00. inside the harbour the casualty was brought alongside the lifeboat before being placed alongside the visitors' berth at 14:40. The lifeboat was back on or berth at 14:50.
29/05/2017 12:46 Clear sky, good vis SSW f 2-3 Calm 29/05/2017 N/A Hang-glider reported to have landed at the base of cliffs
15. At 12:22 our LOM was paged by UK CG to request that we launch to assist a hang-glider reported to have landed on rocks at the base of cliffs west of Newhaven. The lifeboat was on scene at 12:49 and the Y boat was launched at 12:51. A person was located on the west beach at 12:59 and he confirmed he was a hang-glider and had landed close by but was familiar with the area and knew he could walk to safety. The Y boat crew continued to search the area to confirm there were no other persons who could become trapped. The Y boat was recovered at 13:20 and the lifeboat left the scene at 13:24 arriving back on our berth at 13:42.
25/05/2017 13:57 Clear sky, good vis ENE f 3-4 Slight 25/05/2017 16:20 Sailing vessel with electrical failure
14. Our LOM was paged at 13:46 by UK CG to request that we launch to assist a single-handed yachtsman aboard a 27ft vessel which had suffered total electrical failure reportedly approximately 1NM south of Newhaven. The crew were paged at 13:50 and the lifeboat left the side at 13:57. Visual and RADAR searches revealed nothing in the reported area but a vessel matching the description was sighted further offshore. The lifeboat arrived on scene with the casualty 4.2NM SW of Newhaven at 14:17. With the lack of VHF communication and the single-handed casualty having sprained his wrist it was decided to put a crew member aboard the yacht to assist so one crew man was transferred to the yacht at 14:22. Our towline was passed at 14:28 and the vessel was towed towards Newhaven. Inside the harbour the yacht was brought up alongside the lifeboat before being placed alongside the visitors' berth in the marina at 15:40. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 15:50.
22/05/2017 18:16 Clear sky, good vis SE f 3 Calm 22/05/2017 20:15 Fishing vessel with fouled propeller
13. UK CG paged our LOM at 17:58 to request that we launch to the assistance of a 16ft fishing vessel with 1 PoB which had become entangled in her own nets which were snagged on the sea bed approximately 2.5NM SE of Newhaven. The crew were paged at 18:01 and the lifeboat left the side at 18:16 arriving on scene at 18:30. One crew member was transferred onto the vessel to assist with cutting the nets free and securing our towline. A tow towards Newhaven was commenced at 18:47. Inside the harbour the vessel was brought up alongside the lifeboat before being placed on it's berth into the care of Newhaven CG at 19:43. Our crew man was recovered and the lifeboat was back on our berth at 19:47.
21/05/2017 12:38 Clear sky, good vis SE f 2 Calm 21/05/2017 14:28 Speedboat going ashore with person in the water
12. We were just about to refuel the boat having returned to our berth from exercise when UK CG paged our LOM at 12:37 to request that we launch to assist a vessel which had sent a Mayday distress message. The 4m speedboat which had broken down was going ashore under Seaford Head and one person had entered the water to try to keep it off the rocks leaving 3 others aboard. The lifeboat left the side at 12:38 and the Y boat was prepared for launching with 2 crew ready in dry suits. We arrived on scene at 12:46 to find 2 kayaks were assisting in trying to keep the vessel off the rocks. The Y boat was launched at 12:48 and went in to the casualty. The person was assisted from the water and the Y boat started to tow the vessel out towards the ALB. The tow was transferred to the ALB at 13:08 and the 4 persons were brought aboard the ALB before the Y boat was recovered at 13:15. The vessel was towed to Newhaven where it was placed on the marina visitors' berth into the care of Newhaven CG at 13:55. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 13:58.
10/05/2017 17:44 Clear sky, good vis NE f 4 Calm 10/05/2017 19:26 Cabin cruiser with engine failure
11. Our LOM was paged by UK CG at 17:36 to request that we launch to assist a 6.5m cabin cruiser with 4 PoB which had a flat battery and was unable to start the engine approximately 2.75NM SW of Newhaven. The crew were paged at 17:39 and the lifeboat left the side at 17:44 arriving on scene with the vessel at 18:05. Having checked that all was well on board apart from the inability to start the engine we asked the casualty to recover their anchor before we passed our towline. The line was passed at 18:11 and we commenced a tow towards Newhaven. Inside the harbour the vessel was brought up alongside the lifeboat and placed on the marina visitors' berth at 18:53. The lifeboat was back alongside our berth at 19:01.
30/04/2017 10:10 Cloudy, good vis SE f 5-6 Moderate 30/04/2017 12:40 Anglers cut off by tide
10. Whilst out on Sunday morning exercise at 11:24 we were requested by Dover CG to proceed to the west breakwater at Newhaven to check on 2 anglers. Newhaven NCI had seen them walking around the rock armour at the base of the breakwater but they had lost sight of them due to the curvature of the pier and were concerned they may become cut off by the rising tide. We arrived on scene at 11:29 and spotted the 2 men trapped on a small section of rock armour. We approached them and via loud hailer established that they were wet and suffering from the cold and had sustained some small cuts but were otherwise unharmed. They were constantly being covered in spray from waves breaking onto the armour and it was clear they would soon be immersed in the fast rising spring tide. Our Y boat was launched at 11:40 with 2 crew aboard. In view of the increasing wind we asked that Newhaven CG should be called to assist if our Y boat was unable to extract the men. The Y boat was taken bow in towards the anglers and they were quickly pulled aboard. At that same moment a larger than average wave picked the Y boat up and dumped it onto the rock armour. The crew tried to get the boat afloat again using the engine but they were unable to do so. The ALB quickly moved in and with crew already prepared on the foredeck a heaving line was thrown to the Y boat where it was attached to the stern. Tension was kept on the line until another set of waves lifted the Y boat and the ALB then went astern and towed it clear of the rock armour and it was brought alongside. The 2 anglers were safely aboard the ALB at 11:50 and they were taken into the wheelhouse to be medically assessed and warmed in blankets. The Y boat was recovered and we returned to station arriving back on our berth at 12:10. The 2 anglers were handed into the care of SECAMB who carried out a comprehensive medical assessment before they were both released later.
20/04/2017 09:35 Clear sky, good vis SE f 3 Slight 20/04/2017 12:47 Yacht becalmed with engine failure
9. UK CG paged our LOM and crew at 09:23 to request that we launch to assist a 30ft French yacht with 5 PoB which was becalmed and had a very nearly flat battery approximately 9.5NM SSW of Newhaven. A local fishing vessel was stood by the yacht as her radio transmissions were poor. The lifeboat left the side at 09:35 and was on scene with the casualty at 10:05. Having established that all on board were alright a hand held VHF radio was passed to help communications. Our towline was passed at 10:06 and the yacht was towed towards Newhaven. At the harbour the yacht was brought up alongside the lifeboat before being placed on the marina visitors' berth into the care of Newhaven CG at 11:15. We were back alongside at 11:35.
15/04/2017 09:35 Clear sky, good vis WNW f 3 Slight 15/04/2017 12:10 Divers separated from their support boat
8. 2 divers surfaced to find that their support boat had suffered engine failure and was drifting away from them. There were 2 persons still on the dive RIB and they had contacted UK CG to report the problem. Our LOM and crew were paged at 09:22 and we were requested to launch to assist. The lifeboat left the side at 09:35 and once the car ferry had entered the harbour headed at speed to the reported position which was approximately 8.5NM SE of Newhaven. A wind farm vessel "Windcat 6" had heard the radio traffic and made their way to the scene to assist. The lifeboat arrived on scene at 10:13 by which time the casualties had drifted another mile to the east. "Windcat 6" had just recovered both divers from the water and confirmed that they were both well and offered to take them back into Newhaven where they were landed with their equipment at the lifeboat berth. We passed a towline to the dive RIB at 10:24 and commenced a tow towards Newhaven. We had to wait outside the harbour as the car ferry exited and then we placed the RIB alongside a berth in the marina at 11:30. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 11:40.
31/03/2017 19:29 Clear sky, good vis SSW f 4 Slight 31/03/2017 21:50 Evacuation of injured teenager from rock armour
7. Our LOM was paged at 19:18 by UK CG to request that we launch to assist in the evacuation of a teenager with an injured wrist who was on the eastern side of the rock armour at Splash Point. SECAMB and Newhaven CG were already in attendance but it was deemed safest to extract him by sea rather than move him across the rock armour which was very slippery being covered in weed. The crew were paged at 19:22 and the lifeboat left the side at 19:29. On scene the Y boat was launched with 2 crew aboard and they were ashore with the casualty at 20:07. Working with Newhaven CG the teenager was put into the Y boat and he was taken to the beach at Splash Point where he was handed into the care of SECAMB. The Y boat was recovered and the lifeboat returned to station arriving back on our berth at 21:29.
15/03/2017 15:16 Clear sky, good vis W f 4 Slight 15/03/2017 17:15 Person thought to have fallen from cliff
6. At 15:04 UK CG paged our LOM to request that we assist with a search for a female thought to have fallen from the cliff at the eastern end of Telscombe Cliffs. The crew were paged at 15:07 and the lifeboat launched at 15:16 arriving on scene at 15:30. The Y boat was launched at 15:32 with 2 crew aboard. The ALB carried out a search offshore while the Y boat searched close inshore and on the beach whilst CG units searched onshore. Nothing was found during the search and all units were stood down at 16:21. The Y boat was recovered and the lifeboat left the scene at 16:25 arriving back on our berth at 16:46.
15/03/2017 11:11 Clear sky, good vis W f 2 Calm 15/03/2017 12:16 Person and dog cut off by the tide
5. UK CG paged our LOM at 10:58 to request that we launch to assist a person and dog cut off by the tide under the cliffs to the west of the west beach at Newhaven. The crew were paged at 11:00 and the lifeboat left the side at 11:11 arriving on scene at 11:20. The Y boat was launched at 11:21 with 2 crew aboard and they quickly located the casualties who had retreated to the back of a cave to escape the incoming tide. The person and dog were taken aboard the Y boat at 11:30 and they were taken to the west beach where they were landed into the care of Newhaven CG at 11:36. The Y boat was recovered back onto the ALB which left the scene at 11:43 arriving back on our berth at 12:07.
03/03/2017 12:27 Overcast, good vis SSE f 5 Moderate 03/03/2017 15:00 Search for missing vulnerable person
4. Our LOM was paged by UK CG at 12:09 to request that we launch to assist in a search for a vulnerable female who was missing and feared may have fallen from the cliffs at Seaford Head. The crew were paged at 12:13 and the lifeboat left the side at 12:27 arriving on scene at 12:37. We commenced a search as close inshore as possible from Splash Point heading east to Cuckmere Haven which was completed at 12:52. We then searched westwards arriving back at Splash Point at 13:17. CG teams from Newhaven and Birling Gap were carrying out searches onshore and the Sussex Police helicopter searched overhead. We searched again to the east but having observed that despite a flood tide currents at the base of the cliffs were flowing to the west we commenced a search west of Splash Point along Seaford Bay. That search was completed at 14:10 when we were at the east pier at Newhaven. We were stood down from the search at 14:13 and back on our berth at 14:30.
18/01/2017 23:26 Clear sky, good vis NNE f 4 Slight 19/01/2017 00:55 Fishing vessel with gearbox failure
3. UK CG paged our LOM at 23:08 to request that we launch to the assistance of a 14m trawler with 2 PoB which had suffered gearbox failure approximately 8 cables south of Newhaven. The crew were paged at 23:11 and the lifeboat left the side at 23:26 arriving on scene with the casualty at 23:38. Our towline was passed and at 23:44 we started a tow to Newhaven. We entered the harbour at 23:59 and the vessel was brought up alongside the lifeboat and placed on it's berth. We left the vessel at 00:25 and the lifeboat was back on our berth at 00:30.
17/01/2017 01:45 Overcast, good vis ENE f 3 Slight 17/01/2017 05:20 Fishing vessel with fouled propeller
2. At 01:28 UK CG paged our LOM to request that we launch to assist a 12m trawler with 2 PoB which had suffered a fouled propeller 6NM south of Beachy Head. The crew were paged at 01:32 and the lifeboat left the side at 01:45 arriving on scene at 02:22. Our towline was passed and at 02:30 we began to tow the vessel towards Newhaven entering the harbour at 04:00. The trawler was brought up alongside the lifeboat and manoeuvred onto it's berth at 04:30 and the lifeboat was back on our mooring at 04:40.
05/01/2017 15:20 Cloudy, good vis NNW f 2 Calm 05/01/2017 17:15 Angling vessel with power failure
1.Our LOM was paged at 15:14 by UK CG to request that we launch to the assistance of a 27ft angling vessel with 2 PoB which had power failure approximately 2.5NM SW of Newhaven. The crew were paged at 15:17 and the lifeboat left the side at 15:20. When on scene with the casualty it was quickly established that the vessel had a flat battery but otherwise all was well on board. Our towline was passed and the vessel was towed into Newhaven and put alongside a berth in the marina. The lifeboat was back on our berth at 16:50.
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  - our primary launching authority
TSS = Traffic Separation Scheme - often referred to as a Shipping Lane