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September 4th, 2017.

Newhaven lifeboat launched to Jet Ski with mechanical failure

Newhaven’s Severn Class lifeboat ‘RNLB David and Elizabeth Acland’ and her volunteer crew were launched at 5:00pm on Saturday to reports of a distress flare in the Cuckmere area.

Coastguards had received multiple calls from members of the public in the Cuckmere and Seven Sisters area.

The lifeboat made full speed to the position and quickly located a Jet Ski, which had suffered mechanic failure, just south of the Seven Sisters. A yacht had remained alongside the casualty until the lifeboat arrived on scene.

The one person on the Jet Ski was uninjured and taken on board the main lifeboat in the calm, clear conditions. A tow was established and the casualty was safely returned to Newhaven Marina.

The lifeboat returned to station at 6:45pm.

Newhaven lifeboat tasked to swimmer in trouble

Newhaven’s Severn Class lifeboat ‘RNLB David and Elizabeth Acland’, whilst on her Sunday morning training exercise, was tasked at 11:15am to a swimmer in trouble in the choppy conditions.

The alarm was raised by a person calling Newhaven boathouse and Newhaven lifeboat and Coastguards were immediately alerted.

The lifeboat made full speed to the position which was south of Saltdean Café. As soon as the distress call was received two crew were readied in dry suits.

The lifeboat arrived on scene in less than nine minutes. As the lifeboat arrived at the position the swimmer had managed to make it ashore.

Newhaven lifeboat was stood down and returned to her planned training exercise.

Newhaven lifeboat Coxswain Paul Legendre urges everyone: "If there is an emergency please always dial 999 and ask for the coastguards who will co-ordinate rescue services. Please never call the boathouse in an emergency’."