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THREE CALLS FOR NEWHAVEN LIFEBOAT

October 21 2011.


Coastguards launched Newhaven's RNLB David and Elizabeth Acland Severn Class Lifeboat at approximately 18:00 on 16th October to assist a small angling vessel and then again paged the crew at 05:55 the following morning to flashing lights reported off Seaford Head.

The first service was to a small angling vessel which had broken down half a mile south of Seaford Head. The two occupants were found to be ok, their anchor was raised and a tow line was established back to Newhaven.

The following morning the crew were paged to flashing strobe lights off Splash Point at Seaford, which had been reported by a passing trawler. Coastguards believed the light to be a man overboard marker beacon.

The Lifeboat rushed to the position to find the distress light was attached to a dan buoy (fishing gear). At the request of the Coastguard to avoid further false alarms, the strobe was removed and a polite note was left so the owner could collect the light from the lifeboat station.

Coastguards also launched Newhaven's RNLB David and Elizabeth Acland Severn Class Lifeboat at approximately 14:30 yesterday to a report of a suspected body spotted at the base of the cliffs near Seaford Head by a member of the public.

Once on scene the lifeboat launched its Y boat (small inflatable). Two crew members then scanned the area several times. Nothing was found except some discarded fishing pot markers. The lifeboat then returned to station.


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