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July 4 2011.

Newhaven RNLI lifeboat responded to two incidents within the space of an hour last week; two men adrift in a small inflatable boat and a fishing vessel with mechanical failure.

Volunteers from Newhaven RNLI lifeboat station were tasked to a small inflatable with two men on board which was caught by the strengthening wind and tide and had drifted away from the shore

The two men had been fishing in the inflatable near to Seaford Head and had got into difficulty after trying to row back to the beach. The Severn class lifeboat David and Elizabeth Acland quickly arrived on scene where the two men and their inflatable were brought on board. They were then brought ashore at Seaford where they passed on their thanks to the crew.

Whilst returning from Seaford, a fishing vessel with one person on board about one and half miles south of Newhaven radioed to say that they had suffered mechanical failure. The lifeboat attended and a tow line was quickly passed. Whilst under tow and just after entering Newhaven Harbour the fishing vessel's engines started. The vessel was towed near to the marina where the vessel, under its own power, moored itself.

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