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TWO CALLS FOR NEWHAVEN LIFEBOAT

October 11 2015.


Newhaven lifeboat launched to broken down speed boat


Newhaven’s relief Severn Class lifeboat ‘RNLB Daniel L Gibson’ and her volunteer crew were launched on Friday 9th October at 3.20pm to a broken down speed boat.

The 19ft speed boat with two persons on board was three miles south of Newhaven.

The small leisure craft had suffered mechanical failure and had contacted Solent coastguards requesting assistance.

The lifeboat made best speed to the position given and once at the scene a tow line was successfully passed to the casualty. The vessel which was towed safely back in to Newhaven Harbour at 4:30pm. 

The lifeboat return to station at 4:35pm was ready for service shortly afterwards.



Newhaven lifeboat launched to search under cliffs after possible suicide at Seaford Head

Newhaven’s relief Severn Class lifeboat ‘RNLB Daniel L Gibson’ and her volunteer crew were launched on Thursday 8th October at 6.03pm to search the base of cliffs at Seaford Head.

Newhaven & Birling Gap HM Coastguard teams were tasked to search the clifftops after personal belongings were found close to the cliff edge at Seaford Head.
 
The lifeboat crew prepared the inflatable Y boat whilst the lifeboat made best speed to the position. Once close to Seaford Head the Y boat was launched with two crew on board. 

The inflatable Y boat used its FLIR (Forward Looking Infa Red) camera and was assisted by the main lifeboat searching the area from Seaford Head to Hope Gap and back, nothing was found.

A police helicopter joined the search and after a thorough search lasting over three hours all of the emergency services were stood down.

The lifeboat returned to station at 9:25pm and ready for service shortly afterwards