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NEWHAVEN LIFEBOAT LAUNCHED TO PERSON IN DISTRESS IN THE RIVER

August 13th, 2017.


Newhaven’s Severn Class lifeboat ‘RNLB David and Elizabeth Acland’ and her volunteer crew were launched at 2:12pm on Wednesday to reports of a person in the water north of the lifeboat station.


As the lifeboat left her berth three crew put on dry suits. By the time the lifeboat was alongside the fish market in the harbour, the distressed female had managed to get out of the water and was on top of a fishing vessel wheelhouse threatening to jump back into the river.

The lifeboat moved alongside the fishing vessel to stop the woman from entering the water on the easterly side. Coastguards were ready on the westerly river bank and lifeboat crew in dry suits also stood by.

Two lifeboat crew climbed aboard the fishing vessel and after some time managed to talk the woman down. She was then handed over to the ambulance crew and Sussex Police.

The lifeboat returned to station at around 2:51pm and was again ready for service at 3:00pm.