April 26 2014.
Newhaven’s Severn Class lifeboat RNLB David and Elizabeth Acland was launched on Thursday evening at 6:00pm after reports were received of a four metre motor vessel that had run aground due to engine failure.
The two persons on board had tried without success to repair the issues with both engines, which had unexpectedly shut down resulting in total power loss. This loss in power rendered the radio on board inoperable. Fortunately they were able to contact HM Coastguard by using their mobile phones. The signal was poor due to being at the base of the cliffs, but their general location was established and the lifeboat was launched.
Heading west from the harbour the vessel was quickly located slightly east of the Old Radar station on the cliff tops to the east of Peacehaven. Two lifeboat crew made their way to the shore on the lifeboats inflatable ‘Y’ daughter boat. After establishing that the two persons on board were uninjured and didn’t require any first aid, a tow line was passed to the casualty vessel from the Y boat. Having removed the stricken vessel from the shore, it was towed alongside the lifeboat before the Y boat headed back in to the secluded shingle beach to recover the casualties.
A member of the lifeboat crew was transferred to the casualty vessel before a tow line was passed and with all persons accounted for safe and well, the lifeboat headed steadily back to Newhaven Harbour.