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August 21st, 2017.

Newhaven’s Severn Class lifeboat ‘RNLB David and Elizabeth Acland’ and her volunteer crew were launched at 4:38pm last Thursday to reports of a distressed person who was thought to have entered choppy seas in front of Newhaven & Seaford Sailing Club.

The lifeboat did a shoreline search from Tide Mills to Splash Point and then stepped out further offshore for the return leg.

Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 163 conducted a search from the air.

At 5:43pm both the lifeboat and helicopter were stood down as the person was found safe and well.

The 999 call from a member of the public was genuine with good intent.

The lifeboat returned to station 6:00pm.