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 INCIDENT REPORTS 2012

(122) 31st December - 20.07 Missing person, Saltdean

Full team tasked to Saltdean along with some colleagues from Shoreham & Birling Gap Coastguard teams to assist in the search for an 81 year old missing from home. An extensive search of the Promenade, and fore shore was made while Police searched nearer to the casualties home. After the promenade and cliff tops were searched our teams moved in land to check open areas and roads around the area. The casualty was located just before midnight by a neighbour and taken to hospital with signs of hypothermia and a leg injury.

(121)  31st December - 11.27 Report of body on the beach, Newhaven

We were tasked to assist Sussex Police after a report had been received of a possible body on Newhaven West Beach. On arrival it was quickly identified as the very badly decompsed, partial body of a Dolphin or Porpoise. The remains were removed by Newhaven port Authority.

(120) 29th December - 08.58 Person in the sea, Rottingdean 

A member of the public reported a person in the Sea who they beleived could be deceased. Newhaven Coastguard along with Sussex Police & Sussex Ambulance were taksed to the scene. On arrival Police had managed to get the casualty clear of the water line where it was confirmed by Paramedics that no signs of life were present. A Police dog carried out a search of the beach in the immediate area and located a pair of shoes approxmately 80 metres away. Establishing that these shoes did not belong to our casualty, there was now potentially a 2nd person unacounted for. Coastguard helicopter Rescue 104 was tasked to do a sea search up to 3 miles each side of the scene and up to 1.5 miles from shore. Coastguards carried out repeated searches of the water line with binoculars. Brighton Lifeboat was tasked to carry out a search inside Brighton Marina. Nothing further was found.

(119) 19th December - 19.13 Missing person, Telscombe

Our full team was paged to assist Sussex Police search Telscombe Tye for an elderly person with Altzheimers, believed to be missing as they hadnt returned home. Coastguard helicopter Rescue 104 was also tasked and later into the search our colleages from Shoreham Coastguard were called to assist. Police received a call from a local fast food outlet saying an elderly person had been in their shop for several hours, and passed a description similar to that of the missing person. Two of the Newhaven Coastguard Team proceeded immediately to the shop joined shortly afterwards by Police. The Casualty was identified as our missing person and returned home safe & well by Police. All teams stood down.

 (118) 16th December -12.30 Dog in the sea, Peacehaven

The team were called to a report of a dog that had been washed into the water from the under cliff promenade in Peacehaven. When Coastguards arrived on scene it was believed that the dog was already deceased. Fearing the owners of the dog may try to enter the water to attempt a rescue the Coastguard team made repeated efforts to recover the animal with throw lines, as the conditions were too dangerous for a rescue swimmer to enter the water from the shore. After repeated unsuccessful attempts to recover the animal and with the distraught owners and friends still on scene Newhaven Lifeboat was launched to attempt to recover the dog from the sea. A Lifeboat crewman on a lifeline entered the water and was able to recover the dog where it was reunited with owners at the Lifeboat Station.

 If your dog gets into difficulty never attempt a rescue. Dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard

(117) 6th December -18.10 Possible vessel in distress, Seaford

Our operations room received a report from Newhaven NCI after the lights of a vessel they had been observing dissapeared. We commenced a hasty search along Seaford seafront untill we reached Splash point where we carried out a search with binoculars. Nothing was seen. Our operations room then requested we proceed down to Cuckmere to check the other side of Seaford Head. Again a search was made but nothing untoward was seen.

(116) 27th November - 10.00 Assist Sussex Ambulance, Seaford Head

Assist East Sussex Ambulance with off road access between Seaford Head Barn and the Old Coastguard Cottages at Cuckmere. An elderly casualty had suddenly become unwell and was unconscious. Assisted with loading the casualty into a 4 x 4 paramedic vehicle which then transported the patient back to the road to be transferred to an ambulance

(115) 20th November - 10.15. Meet Helicopter, Tidemills

Meet Coastguard Helicopter at the Tidemills landing site to return their stretcher from the incident the previous day

(114) 19th November - 13.02 Injured Crewman, Brighton

Tasked to Brighton Hospital Helicopter Landing Site to meet Coastguard Rescue 104 with an injued crewman on board. Followed the ambulance to the hospital to recover the helicopters stretcher. 

(113) 18th November - 09.08 Person in the water Brighton Marina

Called to a report of a person in the water in Brighton Marina. Police & ambulance also on scene. Person located and recovered to pontoon. Apparently deceased. A search of the area was carried out including house boats to make sure no one else was in the water or missing. 

(112) 17th November - 00.35 Missing person Hove.

Tasked to assist Shoreham Coastguard team search for a possible missing person in the Hove area. While the teams were still en route the casualty was located elswhere safe & well.

(111) 7th November  - 14.10 Missing Person, Telscombe

 Retasked from previous incident. Full team paged plus two from Birling Gap Coastguard Team tasked to search for a missing elderly person in the Telscombe area. Using cliff safety ropes some of the team looked over the cliff edge in various locations while the remaining team commenced a beach search. Newhaven Lifeboat & The Sussex Police Helicopter also assisting. The casualty was located at the base of the cliff appaerently deceased and handed to the care of Sussex Police.

(110) 7th November - 13.40 Possible Ordinance Telscombe

Tasked to a report of a possible ordinance on the beach in Telscombe. Police on scence, our sector manger proceeding

(109) 6th November - 18.27 Assist with broken down yacht, Newhaven

Meet Newhaven Lifeboat at East Quay with an 80ft Dutch sailing vessel in tow, having suffered damaged sails, and fuel contamination.

(108) 2nd November - 14.28 Assist Sussex Ambulance, Cuckmere.

Five members of our team were requested to proceed to The Seven Sisters Country Park to assist Sussex Ambulance extricate a casualty with a severely broken leg. On arrival a Paramedic was in attendance. We loaded the casualty onto our solid stretcher and loaded them into the back of one of our teams 4 x 4 pick up trucks. The casualty was then slowly driven back to a waiting ambulance.

(107) 31st October - 02.17 Assist Sussex Ambulance, Peacehaven

Called to assist Susex Ambulance with a casualty suffering a suspected cardiac arrest, near the Old Radar Site, Peacehaven. Lead in the ambulance as the casualty was in an off road location, and assisted with loading the casualty into the ambulance.

(106) 30th October - 15.05 Vessel taking water, Newhaven

Initially called to investigate a possible equipment malfunction at our remote radio site. Retasked to get observations on a  Dory, reported to be taking in water 1 Nautical Mile South of Newhaven Breakwater. We passed details via phone to our operations room who directed Newhaven Lifeboat to the casualties location. The vessel was escorted safely into Newhaven. The earlier reported equiment fault was due to power problems at our ops room. 

 (105) 20th October - 13.14 Injured motorcross rider, near Southease.

Tasked to a farm near Southease, to assist Sussex Ambulance, and to identify a landing site for Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 104, to evacuate a motor cross rider who had sustained a suspected spinal injury. Assisted in moving the casualty to the helicopter. The casualty was flown to East Brighton Landing site manned by our colleagues from Shoreham Coastguard, and taken from there by land Ambulance to Brighton hospital.

(104) 19th October - 15.38 Broken down vessel, Newhaven

Meet broken down vessel in tow of Newhaven Lifeboat after an electrical problem stopped them from getting their engine started. Checked safety equipment and gave advice. 

(103) 18th October 12.18 Report of vessel in difficulties, Saltdean

Member of the public ovserving a vessel beleived it may be in difficulties,. We met the informant who pointed out the vessel. The vessel was hauling nets and all was ok. False alarm with good intent.

(102) 17th October - 13.00 Check sunken derelict barge, Newhaven 

Derelict barge near Denton Island Bridge, sunk due to gradually filling witth rain water and its state of dissrepair.

A Coastguard rescue swimmer was put aboard the vessel via a workboat, to ensure no persons who may be sleeping rough etc, were aboard the vessel. Once established no life was in danger we returned to station.

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(101) 16th October - 06.14 Man overboard Alarm, Shoreham

Tasked initially to Brighton, then on to Shoreham to investigate alarm. Vessel located in Shoreham. After speaking with the owner it was estsablished that due to a power problem the alarm had activated by mistake. False alarm

(100) 13th october - 1900. Meet Coastguard Helicopter, Tidemills

Requested to meet Coastguard helicopter 104 at Tidemills landing site to return their stretcher from the incident on the previous evening

(99) 12th October - 19.13 Attend  Brighton Helicopter Landing Site.

Clear debris and make East Brighton helicopter landing site ready for Coastguard Rescue 104 flying a casulty in from Eastbourne. Assist with casualty transfere to Ambulance. Go to Brighton hospital to collect Eastbourne Lifeboats doctor who came with the casulty in the helicopter and return him to Newhaven Coastguard Station where he was collected by Eastbourne Coastguard for the return journey.

(98) 6th October - 10.05 Suspected sea mine, Newhaven 

Tasked to attend Newhaven NCI lookout  after their watch keepers spotted and item resembleing a WW2 sea mine, approximately 1.8 miles away  Through a minocular and looking into the sunlight reflecting on the water, the object appeared black with a spike on the top. As a precaution Newhaven Lifeboat was sent to confirm the identity of the object. The close up picture shows the wave measuring buoy anchored off Seaford Bay. This shoud appear yellow, however being covered in weed it looks black.

(Photo courtesy of Newhaven Lifeboat)

(97) 23rd September - 14.02 Dolphin, Seaford 

Investigate report of a Dolphin swimming round in circles, very close to the beach East of the Martello Tower. Observed with marine rescue agency as it was believed the Dolphin may come ashore. Shortly before dark the Dolphin swam away

(Photo courtesy of Pete Woj)

(96) 18th September - 23.13 Cyclist fallen over sea wall Saltdean

Tasked to assist Sussex Ambulance locate a cyclist between Saltdean & Rottingdean who had crashed into the sea wall and fallen over the top on his cycle, falling approximately 15 feet to the beach below. Located West of Saltdean we assisted extrication from the beach to the Ambulance.

(95) 13th September  - 17.17 Broken down boat on the rocks, Hope Gap 

Initially tasked to assist Newhaven Lifeboat with a vessel that had broken down and was on the rocks at Hope Gap. While on route we received an update that the Lifeboat had managed to tow the casualty vessel away from the rocks and were now proceeding towards Newhaven. We were re tasked to meet the Lifeboat & casualty vessel when they returned to Newhaven, Gave advice

(94) 10th September - 10.24 Assist Birling Gap Coastguard

Tasked to assist Birling Gap Coastguard Team to extricate a casualty that had fallen from the cliff top West of Birling Gap steps.

(93) 6th September - 10.46 Back up Eastbourne Coastguard.

Tasked to assist Eastbourne & Birling Gap teams to recover a casualty fallen from the cliff at Beachy Head. Stood down before departing station.


(92) 02nd September - 11.53  Vessel with fuel problems, Cuckmere

Tasked to meet Newhaven Lifeboat with a motor sailor in tow suffering from fuel problems off Cuckmere. Assisted with mooring the vessel, took details and gave advice.

(91) 01st September - 13.43 Vessel with overheated engine, Newhaven

Meet Newhaven Lifeboat with a vessel in tow after suffering overheating problems with its engines. Took details and gave safety advice.

(90) 24th August - 15.40 Meet dive boat at Brighton Marina

Tasked to meet a dive boat at Brighton Marina to get details of an incident where a diver collapsed on the deck shortly after coming up from a dive. The diver was air lifted by Coastguard helicopter, Rescue 104 to hospital in Chichester with specialist facilities for divers.

(89) 23rd August -12.53 Search for missing person, Newhaven

Full team tasked to assist Sussex Police search for a missing Autistic teenager after the persons push bike was found on a pontoon at Newhaven Marina. Newhaven Lifeboat was also tasked with their daughter Y boat searching around in the Marina basin while the mother boat searched where possible in the Marina with searchlights and night sights. The Coastguard Team carried out a search of every boat in the marina as well as between the boats and under the pontoons. After a thorough  search had been carried out the Lifeboat searched extended to the harbour and out to both sides of the East Pier, while the Y boat search North to the Incinerator. A Coastguard team was also deployed to search Northwards along the harbour, while the Police searched the nearby recreation ground. The remaining Coastguards re searched the immediate area where the push bike was located. After 2.5 hours nothing was found and all teams stood down. Thankfully the teenager appeared safe and well the next morning.

(88) 19th August - 16.57 Life ring in water, Peacehaven

Tasked to the promenade in Peacehaven to a report of a life ring in the water. The life ring was recovered and refitted to its storage holder

(87) 18th August - 22.03 Red flare report, Telscombe 

Tasked to Telscombe to meet a member of the public who believed he had seen a red distress flare. After interviewing the first informant we proceeded to Saltdean & then Rottingdean, interviewing various members of the public on the seafront. Several people reported seeing shooting stars, but no flares. After an area search  with nothing found, we returned to station. 

(86) 16th August - 08.31 Search for missing climber

On the previous evening Sussex Police received a 999 call from a person claiming they were climbing in the Seven Sisters Country Park and were stuck on the cliff face. An extensive search was carried out by Birling Gap & Eastbourne Coastguards, as well as Newhaven Lifeboat & the Sussex Police Helicopter. Nothing was found.

On the morning of the 16th It was decided to resume the search from Seaford Head to Saltdean, so Newhaven Coastguard team and the Police Helicopter were deployed to commence a search. Shortly after arriving at our search locations, the phone which was registered to a Korean national was located in Bognor and all teams stood down.

(85) 9th August -15.17 Overdue jetski, Seaford

Our control room received a phone call from a member of public expressing concern for their friends who were out on a jetski and now overdue in foggy conditions. Our station manager happened to be in the Birling Gap area with the Birling Gap station manager when he was paged. They both proceeded down to the beach at Birling Gap where  one of the occupants was seen swimming ashore. Newhaven Lifeboat was tasked to tow the jetski back to Seaford beach where it was met by two members of the Coastguard team, who took details and gave safety advice.

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(84) 6th August - 20.20 Approx Person threatening to harm themselves, Ovingdean

Assist Sussex Police with a person on the cliff edge at Ovingdean threatening to harm themselves. Casualty talked down by Police. Stood down and returned to station.

(83) 2nd August - 16.42 Attend remote radio site.

Requested to attend the Newhaven Remote Radio Site to investigate a malfunction on the Digital Selective Calling (DSC) unit. Problem caused by a failed replacement uninterruptible power supply  (UPS) 

(82) 1st August - 13.12 Person threatening to harm themselves, Rottingdean 

Tasked to assist with a person near the cliff edge threatening to harm themselves. Stood down before departing station

(81) 31st July - 20.24 Suspected ordinance, Peacehaven 

Investigate a report of ordinance, possibly a grenade on the promenade in Peacehaven. Police also tasked. On close inspection the item was found to be a rota (the rotating part of an electric motor) which was badly corroded. The item was taken back to station for safe disposal. False alarm with good intent

(80) 29th July - 13.31 Vessel on West Beach, Newhaven

We were tasked to a report of a small vessel gone ashore just West of the breakwater. On arrival the vessel was side onto the surf (pic no 1) with several people trying to pull it onto the beach. The vessel being full of water was too heavy to move, and with the sea conditions there was considerable danger to the people in the water  Newhaven Lifeboat was requested to assess the possibility of towing the vessel clear.  It was decided that due to the amount of water in the vessel it would probably sink if towed back to sea. It was approximately 30 minutes from low tide so it was decided to bring down a Landrover fitted with a winch belonging to a friend of the owner. The winch wire was attached and  the vessel was pulled clear of the water where it could be safely drained out. As soon as it was low tide and as much water as possible removed, the team on the beach assisted by the boat owners managed to slew the vessel around so a line could be attached to the bow.  the Lifeboat came as close to the beach as possible to throw a rope to Coastguards on the shore. The shallow water prevented the Lifeboat getting right in to the beach, so a member of the Coastguard team entered the water wearing a special rescue lifejacket with a safety rope connected to his colleagues on the beach. On the first attempt the rope pass wasn't successful. A second attempt was made  and the line was connected to the vessel. As it started to move towards the water the tow line snapped. After preparing another line it was again successfully passed to a Coastguard in the water and the vessel was towed clear of the beach.  It was returned to Newhaven Marina where it was put on a trailer and taken out of the water. Safety advice was given to the owner and we returned to station. 

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(79) 25th July - 17.11 Children calling for help, Peacehaven

Tasked to Peacehaven after Solent Coastguard received a report that three children in the water were calling for help. Brighton Lifeboat & Coastguard helicopter Rescue 104 were also tasked. One of our team who lives in Peacehaven proceeded in his own vehicle an was quickly on scene to assist Brighton Lifeboat in locating the children. Two of the children had managed to exit the water by themselves, with the third being recovered by Brighton Lifeboat. This casualty was returned to the shore and checked by a Sussex Ambulance Paramedic. The Sussex Police helicopter also arrived on scene shortly before rescue 104. As all casualties were safe and well both helicopters were stood down. After taking details of the children All other units stood down.

(78) 22nd July - 14.47 Broken down vessel, Newhaven

Meet Newhaven Lifeboat with broken down vessel in tow. Assisted with mooring and gave advice.

(77) 20th July 22.53 Person threatening to harm themselves, Peacehaven

Tasked to Peacehaven to assist with a person threatening to harm themselves. The Police had just managed to talk the casualty down as we arrived.

(76) 20th July - 18.49 2 persons threatening to harm themselves, Brighton Marina

Tasked to Brighton Marina West Arm where two persons were threatening to harm themselves. Brighton Lifeboat and Sussex Police also on scene. Both persons eventually talked down by Police. All units stood down

(75) 18th July - 1956 Upturned vessel, Seaford

Tasked from training with Coastguard helicopter 104 & Birling Gap Coastguard to investigate a sighting of an upturned vessel in the surf near The Beachcomber Public House.After an immediate area search the vessel was observed for a short time ans seen to be breaking up. With no persons in danger we stood down

(74) 14th July - 09.30 Suspected ordinance on  the beach, Telscombe 

A member of the public reported a metal cylinder on the beach at Telscombe with concern it maybe an ordinance. On examination it was found to be an air cylinder. Declared to be no threat it was taken back to our station for safe disposal. False alarm with good intent

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(73) 12th July - 12.50 Person threatening to harm themselves, Brighton

Tasked to assist Sussex Police with a person threatening to jump into the water from Brighton Marina West arm. As we we about to depart station the casualty was taken into Police custody and we were stood down.

(72) 9th July - 05.16 Attend remote radio site.

Requested to attend the Newhaven Remote Radio Site to investigate a malfunction on the Digital Selective Calling (DSC) unit. Due to an existing Problem with a failed uninterruptible power supply (UPS) awaiting replacement the equipment showed a fault due to a power cut affecting several buildings in the area.

(71) 2nd July 18.06 Person in the water Rottingdean

Tasked to assist Sussex Ambulance with a person in the water threatening to harm themselves. One of our team who lives in West Peacehaven was also asked to proceed in his own vehicle as he would have a short journey time. When the response vehicle arrived the casualty had been recovered from the water and was in the care of Sussex Ambulance Service. Brighton Lifeboat had also been requested to standby in the entrance to Brighton Marina. The casualty was taken to Brighton hospital and the Lifeboat & Coastguard stood down.

(70) 1st July - 07.06 Person on cliff edge, Peacehaven

Tasked to assist Sussex Police with a person on the edge of the cliff in Peachaven. The casualty was talked down, and we were stood down before leaving station

(69) 29th June - 09.31 Concern for Catamaran, Peacehaven 

A member of the public contacted Solent Coastguard with concerns for a Catamaran they where watching, believing it to be in difficulties. While we were on route to collect the response vehicle, Solent Coastguard managed to contact the vessel and established all was ok on board. We were stood down. False alarm with good intent. 

(68) 28th June - 19.57 Attend remote radio site.

Requested to attend the Newhaven Remote Radio Site to investigate a malfunction on the Digital Selective Calling (DSC) unit. Problem caused by a failed uninterruptible power supply  (UPS) 

(67) 23rd June - 11.50 Persons cut off by the tide, Splash Point, Seaford

Below is the MCA Press release.

Two people were rescued by helicopter from Splash Point near Seaford Head in East Sussex this afternoon after becoming cut off by the tide in an area inaccessible to either the RNLI lifeboat or the Coastguard Water Rescue team.

A member of the public contacted Solent Coastguard at 11.50 am reporting that they could see what they thought was two children at the end of the esplanade at Seaford, who were waving and shouting for help with the tide coming in around them.  Solent Coastguard sent the Newhaven Coastguard Rescue Team to the scene and requested the launch of the Newhaven RNLI lifeboat.  The lifeboat arrived on scene at 12.15 pm but unfortunately the sea conditions were too rough for them to safely access the beach where the two people were stranded.  They also assessed the conditions and concluded that it would be unsafe for a Coastguard team to attempt access to the area on foot. As a consequence, and having  consulted with the Air Rescue Coordination Centre (ARCC) at Kinloss, Solent Coastguard scrambled the Coastguard helicopter.  The Newhaven Coastguard rescue team arrived on scene at 12.45 and assisted in preparing a landing site for the helicopter on the golf course above the cliffs.  The two adults, aged 25 and 26, were airlifted to the golf course unharmed with no medical attention required, and given safety advice by Coastguard officers.

Solent Coastguard Watch Officer Liz Hanson said:


“The two people involved in this incident were local to Slough but visiting the coast for the day when they became cut off by the tide.  They were not aware of the nature of the tides and, being originally from Lithuania, they were also not aware of the emergency telephone numbers, so they were lucky they were spotted by members of the public who were able to raise the alarm.  We always advise members of the public to check the tide times before setting out on a coastal walk, and if they do get into difficulty, to dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”

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(66) 21st June - 14.15 Flares sighted, Roedean 

We were tasked to investigate reports from a workman near Roedean School that he had seen four flares. Making a hasty visual search as we proceeded, we saw nothing seaward apart from the Brighton Beach Lifeguards rescue boat which had also been tasked. We met with the first informant who pointed us to the direction of the flares. While we were talking to him we spotted a white flare to the East of Roedean School. The Lifeguards reported that they hadn't seen it but did hear it. Both us and the rescue boat headed East. We questioned some golfers who where close to the Rottingdean windmill who had also seen the flares West of their position and definitely inland. After an area search we found nothing and both us and the rescue boat were released to return to station.

(65) 20th June - 11.59 Vessel on the beach, Tidemills

Tasked to a vessel ashore on Tidemills Beach after suffering engine failure . The vessel was towed into deeper water by Newhaven Lifeboats Y boat before the tow was handed to Newhaven Lifeboat. One in the safe confines of the harbour the tow was re transferred to the Y boat to tow the vessels to its mooring North of the swing bridge.

(64) 18th June - 22.23 Car over cliff, Birling Gap

Birling Gap Coastguard where initially tasked to a report of a car on fire which had gone over the cliff edge near the Birling Gap Hotel. East Sussex fire Brigade where also called and where first  on scene. It was immediately established that the car was not on fire but the driver was still in the vehicle.  The driver managed to get themselves out of the vehicle. Paramedics decided the best route for extrication would be up the cliff.  Birling Gap cliff team started to rig their cliff rescue equipment. and some of the Newhaven team were bought in as backup. The Coastguard Rescue Helicopter, Rescue 104 was also tasked. Members of the Newhaven team set up a makeshift helicopter landing site while Birling Gap and other members from Newhaven bought the casualty up the cliff. After assessment from Paramedics the casualty was taken to the waiting helicopter and flown to the East Brighton Helicopter landing site which was manned by Coastguards from Shoreham.

(63) 17th June - 15.55  Man Brighton Helicopter Site

Tasked to staff Brighton Hospital Helicopter Landing Site, to meet Rescue 104 incoming with a casualty. It was decided to take the casualty by land ambulance so the helicopter and us were stood down.

(62) 17th June - 14.49 Person threatening to harm themselves,Brighton Marina

Tasked to Brighton marina to a report of a person threatening to harm themselves. Police & Ambulance on route. The person was taken into Police custody before we arrived, so we were stood down

 (61) 16th June - 10.31 Flare on the beach, Tidemills

Report of a Time Expired Pyrotechnic (TEP) washed on to the beach at Tidemills. The flare was a assessed and considered to be safe. It was transferred back to Newhaven Coastguard station for safe short term storage 

For advice on the disposal of flares, visit our Local information page

(60) 14th June - 11.18 Assist at Beachy Head

One member of our team requested to assist Eastbourne & Birling Gap Coastguards with the recovery of casualty fallen from cliffs at Beachy Head

(59) 13th June 15.46 Flare on the beach, Birling Gap

Re tasked from previous incident to meet up with one of the Birling Gap Coastguard team who had recovered a flare washed up on the beach. Taken back to Newhaven Coastguard station for transport to Lee On Solent licensed storage.

(58) 13th June - 15.14 Meet broken down vessel, Newhaven

Meet a broken down vessel in tow of another private vessel at Newhaven Marina. Take details, & give advice.

(57) 13th June - 13.00 Attend remote radio site

Called to the remote radio site, to investigate an alarm on some equipment.

(56) 10th June - 11.53 Flare on the beach, Hope Gap

Report of a Time Expired Pyrotechnic (TEP) washed on to the beach at Hope Gap. The flare was a assessed and considered to be safe. It was transferred back to Newhaven Coastguard station for safe short term storage. 


 (55) 9th June - 15.05 Flare on the beach, Hove 

Report of a Time Expired Pyrotechnic (TEP) washed on to the beach at The King Alfred, Hove. Shoreham Coastguards were unable to deal with this incident at the time so Newhaven IRT  were tasked. Lifeguards set up a safety cordon until we arrived. The flare was a assessed  and considered to be safe. It was transferred back to Newhaven Coastguard station for safe short term storage. 

For advice on the disposal of flares, visit our Local information page



(54) 7th June - 16.50 Person Pinned to seawall, Saltdean

Our full rescue team & Coastguard rescue helicopter 104 were tasked to a report of a person pined against the sea wall, 200 yards West of Saltdean Lido. On arrival we sighted the man on a small piece of beach with an outgoing tide. The person who had reported the incident told us the tide had receded very quickly and when she called us the man was cut of and pinned against the wall after trying to recover his dog that had jumped over the railings. She also told us the man had suffered a severe fall. We quickly had a Coastguard rescue officer wearing a water rescue life jacket with the Casualty. After putting the casualty into a life jacket and making a quick medical assessment, it was decided to walk him out and the helicopter was released with our thanks. The casualty was taken to hospital by land ambulance with a hand injury and some bruising. The dog was also ok.


 

(53) 3rd June - 19.17 Yacht with engine failure, Brighton

Tasked to Brighton Marina, to keep observations on a yacht with engine failure. The yacht was entering the marina under sail power only so our operations room wanted us to make sure the vessel arrived safely.

(52) 3rd June - No time logged Kayakers in difficulty, Seaford

Re tasked from previous incident to Splash Point, Seaford. Two Kayakers had told a friend if they had not been in contact by a certain time to call the Coastguard. The time agreed was passed so the shore contact phoned our operations room to raise the alarm. Newhaven Lifeboat was diverted from its Sunday morning training and Seaford Lifeguards were also tasked. The casualties were located below Seaford head. Seaford Lifeguards Rib went ashore and it was established that the two casualties were a bit cold but otherwise ok. The weather & sea conditions were too bad to relaunch their inflatable Kayak and they had capsized several times. Seaford Lifeguards Rib, transferred the two casualties to the Newhaven Lifeboat and they returned to Newhaven Harbour were they were given safety advice by the Coastguards.

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(51)  3rd June - 10.27 Vessel sinking, Brighton 

Tasked to Brighton Marina to backup East Sussex Fire & Rescue, & Brighton Marina staff with a yacht reported sinking on its berth. On arrival the Fire Service and Marina staff had already set up pumps aboard the vessel. The water ingress was from a split pipe supplying a toilet. 

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(50) Thursday 31st May - 13.37 Report of Kayakers in difficulty, Peacehaven

Our operations room received a call from a member of the public who was concerned for the safety of 3 Kayakers just East of the Steyning Avenue Steps in Peacehaven. At least one of the Kayaks had been seen to capsize several times. On arrival the Kayaks had just come ashore. The three Kayakers were very well prepared all with lifejackets and mobile phones in water proof bags. After passing some extra safety advice we returned to station.

(49) Wednesday 30th May - 22.04 Person possibly fallen from cliff, Seaford

Having just departed the station from training we were re paged and asked to meet Police in Seaford. They had a missing person and wanted us to check weather the person had fallen from the cliffs at Seaford. Shortly before arriving on scene our operations room stood us down as the person had been located elsewhere. 

(48) Wednesday 30th May - 20.08 Check welfare of Dingy & Canoe, Newhaven

Whilst training on the cliff, just West of Newhaven Fort, we observed an inflatable dinghy just West of the Breakwater, and a canoe between the piers. Shortly after a thick fog bank descended very quickly. We passed our concerns to our operations room who asked us to proceed. On arriving at West beach a member of the public flagged us down, also expressing concern for the canoe. We quickly established that the inflatable was safe but couldn't see the canoe. After contacting port control who had not seen the canoe re enter the port we drove around to the end of the East Pier. A fisherman there told us he had seen the canoe re enter the port. We then checked all the slipways to see if the canoe was visible . Eventually while checking Cantells boatyard slip a boat owner there said he had observed the canonist t leave the water on Denton Island safe and well.

(47) 25th May - 15.37 Diver in difficulties, Newhaven

Tasked to West Beach, Newhaven to investigate a report of a diver possibly in difficulties. After locating & speaking to the diver it was established that he was safe and well. We continued to obsere the diver for approximately 10 minutes before departing the scene.

(46) 19th May - 18.27 Person on cliff edge, Roedean

Tasked to assist Sussex Police with a person on the cliff edge, opposite Roedean School. The casualty was talked down by Police and we returned to station.

(45) 18th May -17.20 Broken down vessel , Newhaven

Tasked to West Beach Newhaven to observe a small vessel reporting that it had broken down just off the Newhaven West Breakwater. Newhaven Lifeboat also tasked. Neither the Coastguards nor the Lifeboat could see any vessel in the reported area. Using VHF Direction finding equipment (VHF DF) the Lifeboat managed to locate the vessel approximately 1 mile West of its given position. The casualty was towed back to Newhaven Marina, where strong safety advice was given by the Coastguards.

(44) 12th May -15.40 Broken down boat, Newhaven

Meet Newhaven Lifeboat towing a broken down vessel with 7 persons and 2 dogs aboard. Gave safety advice

(43) 11th May - 09.15 Attend remote radio site

Called to the remote radio site, to investigate an alarm on some equipment.

(42)  9th May - 17.14 Person on cliff edge, Roedean

Tasked to assist Sussex Police with a person on the cliff edge, opposite Roedean School. The casualty was quickly talked down by Police and we were stood down before departing the station.

(41) 7th May - 21.07 Report of person in the water Newhaven Harbour

Full rescue team and Newhaven Lifeboats inflatable Y boat tasked to Newhaven Swing Bridge after a report was received that a person was either in the water of was about to enter the water. On arrival the casualty was on the wrong side of the railings of the swing bride talking to Police. As the Y boat arrived on scene the casualty jumped into the river and was quickly recovered by the Y boat. The casualty was returned to the Lifeboat Station to be checked by Ambulance staff.

(40) 7th May - 14.55 Report of vessel in difficulties, Peacehaven 

A member of the public had been observing this 18ft vessel and believed it to be in difficulties. Our Coastguard mobile unit proceeded and observed the vessel. It appeared that the single occupant was having difficulty starting the engine. Newhaven Lifeboat which had already been launched went alongside the vessel but the owner did not require assistance. False alarm with good intent. 

(39) 6th May - 13.47 Broken Down Jet boat, Cuckmere

Tasked to meet Newhaven Lifeboat at Newhaven Marina, with 8 metre jet propelled vessel in tow, after it suffered engine failure off Cuckmere. Checked safety equipment and gave advice on VHF radio use.


(38) 3rd May - 18.56 Broken down jetski, Brighton 

Tasked to Brighton to a broken down Jetski close to the marina. One occupant called 999 from a mobile phone. While he was on the phone the second person accidentally pulled him from the jetski into the water terminating the 999 call.

The second occupant then swam ashore and raised the attention of two police officers by calling for help. Brighton Lifeboat was launched and towed the jetski with one person aboard back to the marina. Police drove the second person to the lifeboat station.

(37) 1st May - 18.26 Report of Person on cliff edge, Saltdean

A report form a member of the public on a bus was r received, that a person was on the wrong side of the fence near Saltdean Lido. A hasty cliff top search was carried out by Sussex Police and the lower promenade search by the Coastguard. Nothing was found, 

(36) 30th April - 23.15 Person on cliff edge, Seaford

Full team tasked to assist Sussex Police with a person on the cliff edge, Seaford Head. The person was talked back and the Coastguard team stood down shortly before leaving the station.

(35) 30th April - 19.52 Meet Lifeboat with vessel in tow 

Tasked to meet Newhaven Lifeboat at the Newhaven Marina Fuel Berth and assist with mooring a 40ft vessel under tow having suffered engine failure off Peacehaven

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(34) 29th April - 15.18 Tasked to object in the water, Newhaven

While out on a training patrol we were tasked to a report of an object, possibly a lifejacket in the water close to Newhaven Western breakwater. On arrival the object viewed through binoculars appeared to be a person in a lifejacket. We requested the launch of Newhaven Lifeboat while we attempted to get a better view from the breakwater. Once a better view was obtained we could see that it wasn't in fact a person / body but still appeared to be a lifejacket.  Newheven Lifeboat was quickly on scene and we guided them to the object which was discovered to be a child's toy car. In the first picture below you can see the object still semi submerged.  With its colour scheme it looks like a lifejacket.

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(33) 27th April - 06.08 Body on beach, Brighton

Tasked to assist Sussex Police with a body found on the tide line near Brighton Pier

 (32 )  22nd April - 14.18 Dog in difficulties

Report of dog in the water in difficulties. Stood down within a couple of minutes from being paged


 (31) 15th April -15.30 Broken down vessel, Newhaven

Meet Newhaven Lifeboats Inflatable Y Boat at Denton Island with vessel in tow. An engine rod had punched a hole in the side of the engine, causing engine failure.

(30) 14th April - 18.14 Person on cliff edge, Rottingdean

Received a report from a member of public that a person was on the wrong side of the fence between Rottingdean & St Dunstans. Casualty talked back by Police


 (29) 14th April - 16.03 Broken down vessel, Newhaven

 Meet Newhaven Lifeboat at Newhaven Marina with broken down pleasure boat in tow 

 (Photo courtesy of Scott Parker)

(28) 10th April - 18.30 Person on cliff edge, Saltdean

Tasked to a report of a person on the wrong side of the fence, close to the cliff edge at Saltdean.  On further investigation by the Police it was discovered to be a false alarm with good intent. We were stood down shorty after reaching the Coastguard Station.

(27) 8th April - 16.36 Kayaker in difficulty, Hope Gap

Tasked to the Old Coastguard Cottages, Cuckmere to meet 1 of a party of 5 Kayakers. He had reported that one of the group had capsized in the vicinity of Hope Gap and was on the beach. Newhaven Lifeboat was also tasked. The group had paddled from Cuckmere to Seaford, and 3 of them were making the return journey to Cuckmere. Several of the group had mobile phones in waterproof covers however under the cliffs no phone signal was being received so the alarm couldn't be raised until they got back to Cuckmere. Newhaven Lifeboat launched their inflatable Y boat to recover the casualty & his Kayak. Not requiring medical attention they delivered him and his Kayak  back to Seaford Beach. Once the whole group had returned safety advice was given. In picture 1 below the Kayak can be seen on the deck of the Lifeboat. Picture 3 shows the Y boat landing the casualty at Seaford.

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(26) 8th April - 10.47 Report of fire on vessel, Brighton 

Tasked to Brighton Marina to a report of smoke issuing from a vessel moored in the Marina. On arrival Brighton Lifeboat and Sussex Fire & Rescue were on scene. A magazine (see pictures below), had been left on the hot plate which had accidentally been switched on.The hot plate cover seen in the centre picture was closed so the paper smouldered producing a lot of smoke. By this time nobody was on board. The heat was turned off and the magazine removed, quickly resolving the situation.

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(25) 1st April - 19.49 Man Brighton Helicopter Site

Tasked to man The east Brighton Helicopter Landing Site, to prepare for Coastguard Helicopter, Rescue 104, inbound with an person suffering multiple injuries after a fall.


(24) 30th March - 18.22 Vessel with Engine failure, Brighton 

Tasked to Brighton Marina to meet Brighton Lifeboat with a vessel in tow having not been able to start its engines.Checked vessels safety equipment and gave advice.


(23) 28th March - 17.40 Vessel with mechanical problems, Newhaven

Tasked to meet Newhaven Lifeboat  at Newhaven Marina with a casualty vessel in tow, after suffering mechanical problems with the propeller drive system. Took details and gave safety advice.

(22) 25th March - 09.39 Rope round propeller, Newhaven

Tasked to meet Newhaven Lifeboat with a casualty vessel in tow after getting a rope caught around the propeller, and rudder.

(21) 24th March - 17.50 Safety advice, Brighton

Tasked to Brighton Marina to meet Brighton Lifeboat with a speedboat in tow. Gave safety advice to occupants of speedboat


(20) 23rd March - 14.30 Seasick crewman, Brighton

Tasked to Brighton Marina to meet a charter vessel with a crewman that had fainted after suffering seasickness.


(19) 21st March - 12.20 Assist Eastbourne Coastguard, Beachy Head

Tasked to Beachy Head to assist Eastbourne Coastguard Recover two casualties

(18) 18th March - 16.13 Person on cliff edge, Telsombe

Full team paged to Telscombe to assist Sussex Police with a person on the cliff edge. We provided safety harnesses so that Police negotiators  could go to the cliff edge to talk to the person. After some time the casualty was talked down by Police.

(17) 15th March - 5.14. Possible missing person Rottingdean 

Tasked to Rottingdean to assist Sussex Police search for a person who had said they were going to walk into the sea. Shortly after arrival the Police located the casualty  elsewhere safe and well. We stood down

(16) 10th March - 17.06 Person fallen from cliff, Seaford

Full team tasked to Seaford to a report of a person who had fallen approximately 10 metres from a low cliff onto concrete at Splash point Seaford. Coastguards assisted Paramedics administer first aid and cleared a landing site for the Sussex Police Helicopter and The Kent Air Ambulance. Once the casualty had been stabilised we assisted with loading into the ambulance.

(15) 07th March - 17.55 Object on beach, Seaford 

A member of the public called us concerned over a large object on the beach. On further investigation the object was found to be a large coil of very thick rope. Unfortunately the rope had washed back into the sea so was unable to be recovered. 


(14) 26th February -17.33 Person in difficulties, Seaford 

Solent Coastguard received a mobile phone call from a female who with her small dog had accessed the beach at Hope Gap. She walked West towards Seaford hoping to walk onto Seaford Beach. Although the tide was going out when she got to Splash Point the sea was still up to the cliff so she couldn't carry on and it was starting to get dark. Eventually she entered the shallow water and walked round the point. We scrambled over the large concrete blocks and assisted her back to the old groyne. where she was able to walk out to the beach.


(13) 22nd February -13.48 Mayday received

Tasked to the area of Brighton Marina to carry out an area search for a possible vessel in distress after Solent Coastguard received the spoken word, Mayday on VHF channel 16. They replied several times but nothing further was received. The call was only received on the Brighton aerial  hence the decision to search that area. Nothing found

 (12)  21st February -16.14 Brighton Helicopter Site 

On the afternoon of 21st February a member of the public fell down the steps leading from the cliff top to the beach near the Birling Gap Hotel, sustaining serious injuries. Birling Gap team were paged to assist East Sussex ambulance with the casualty. Coastguard helicopter Rescue 104 and the Kent Air Ambulance were also scrambled the the incident. After a considerable time assessing and stabilising the casualty it was decided to fly to The East Brighton Helicopter Landing Site.At 16.14 Newhaven Coastguard were tasked to attend the landing site to check the site was safe and clear of debris, and to assist with the transfer from 104 to the waiting ambulance. The casualty was then driven the short distance to The Royal Sussex County Hospital, by land Ambulance

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(11)  18th February - 02.36 Suicidal person, Newhaven Swing Bridge

Tasked to assist Sussex Police with a suicidal person on Newhaven Swing bridge. Newhaven Lifeboat also tasked. Casualty taken into Police custody shortly before the Lifeboat and Coastguard response vehicle on scene.

(10) 15th February -16.21 Broken down Vessel, Seaford Bay

Tasked to Seaford to try and spot a 16ft Fletcher that had reported engine failure. Newhaven Lifeboat was launched and were quickly alongside the vessel with two adults and one child aboard. The casualty was towed back to Newhaven by the Lifeboat before being handed into the care of Newhaven Coastguard.

(09) 29th January - 12.42 Broken down rib, Newhaven

Meet Newhaven Lifeboat with a broken down rib in tow. Gave safety advice

(08) 28th January - 14.02 Container of liquid, Seaford 

Whilst returning from a training patrol we spotted a red 25 litre container on Seaford Beach, close to the Seaford Sailing Club. On further investigation the container which had no labels on it was found to be full of an unknown liquid. The environment  agency attended and discovered the container was full of used oil. It was taken away for safe disposal.

 (07) 27th January -16.24 Red flares, Seaford

Investigate a report of red flares in the Seaford area. After meeting with the first informant, nothing was found. The area was experiencing some lighting activity. False alarm with good intent

 (06)  23rd January 20.39 Red flares, Seaford

Report of 2 x red flares North of Seaford. Area search carried out. Nothing found

 (05) 14th January 10.10 Cylinder on beach Roedean

Called to investigate a metal cylinder on the beach at Roedean. The Cylinder was removed by the local council.


(04)  09th January 13.40 Helicopter Evacuation

Man the Brighton Helicopter landing site to meet Coastguard helicopter, Rescue 104 with a fisherman suffering severe chest pains, whilst working in mid channel.

(03) 07th January 17.19 Flare report, Tidemills

Investigate several reports of a flare in the Tidemills area. Area search completed, nothing found

(02) 07th January 01.52 Missing Person, Rottingdean

Full team tasked to assist Sussex Police locate a missing person at Rottingdean. Shortly after arriving on scene the Police received information that the casualty had been located elsewhere. Once this information was confirmed we stood down and returned to station

(01) 2nd January 11.14 Kite surfer in difficulties, at Tidemills.

 Called to a report of a Kite surfer in difficulties, at Tidemills. The surfer freed himself from his board and managed to get ashore. The board was observed to  see if it would drift ashore. After a time the board drifted away so we stood down

    INCIDENT REPORTS 2011

 (141)  15th December - 10.49 Person with dislocated ankle, Newhaven

 Team paged to a position just South of Newhaven NCI lookout to assist East Sussex Ambulance Service with an injured walker. The casualty was believed to have dislocated her ankle. Due to the narrow footpaths the casualty was carried on a stretcher back to a waiting ambulance.

(140)  13th December - 16.31 Red flashing light, Rottingdean

 Investigate a report of a red flashing light off Rottingdean. Nothing located in the area. Thought to be the red light on the new sewage outfall at Friars Bay.

 (139)  08th December - 12.58 Unexploded Ordinance, Newhaven

 Tasked to assist in setting up a cordon on Newhaven’s West Beach, and at Newhaven Fort. Some ordinance found in the Fort had been taken by the bomb disposal team to the beach to be blown up in several controlled explosions.

The picture shows some of the ordinance in a pit created by the bomb disposal team. The devices were then buried and covered with sandbags before being exploded with a small amount of plastic explosive.

(138)  07th December - 16.44 Body on the beach, Birling Gap

 Tasked to assist Birling Gap Coastguard with the recovery of a body. Stood down on route.

(137)  06th December - 23.52 Attend remote radio site

Called to the remote radio site, to investigate malfunction on some equipment.

(136)  03nd December 18.50 Vessel on fire, Brighton

 Tasked to a 36 ft vessel on fire at Brighton Marina. The fire is thought to have started from an onboard wood stove. The owner of the vessel was taken to hospital. Unfortunately the owners dog was killed in the fire .

(135)  02nd December - 12.16 Person on the cliff edge, Telscombe

Tasked to a person on the cliff edge close to the Telscombe Tavern. The person was talked down and taken away by ambulance.

(134)  19th November - 02.41 Person in the water, Brighton

 Tasked to assist Shoreham Coastguard with a beach search for a possible person in the water close to the Brighton West Pier. Nothing found. 

 (133) 15th November - 20.09 Report of flares, Seaford

 Report of flares in the Seaford area. After questioning a fisherman it was established that somebody had fired the flare from the beach and then left the area

 (132) 03rd November - 09.23 Expired flares, Newhaven

Tasked to a local boat yard to a report of expired flares washed up on the river bank.  21 flares were in the container and all in a very bad condition. A safety zone was established until the flares could be safely removed by trained personnel.

For advice on the disposal of flares, visit our Local information page

 (131) 29th October - 09.34 Trawler fire, Newhaven

Tasked to meet Newhaven Lifeboat with a local trawler in tow, having suffered a severe engine room fire caused by an oil seal leaking allowing a fine mist of oil to spray over  hot engine parts  East Sussex Fire Brigade in attendance to check the engine room with thermal imaging  equipment.

(130)  25th October -11.51 Mayday, Newhaven Harbour

Tasked to just South of Newhaven Swing Bridge to a yacht in difficulties. The vessel had no mast so was unable to sail, its engine wouldn’t go into gear and it was drifting out of control in the harbour. The casualty reported that its anchor was also jammed and so could not be deployed. The skipper sent a Mayday distress call. One of the Newhaven Coastguard team attended in his own boat and secured a tow line. Newhaven Lifeboat also attended but was not required. Once towed back to its berth the vessel was found to have no safety equipment. Strong advice given.

(129)  22nd October -10.16 Meet Broken down vessel

 Tasked to Newhaven Harbour to meet Eastbourne Lifeboat with broken down vessel in tow. The 3 crew of the vessel were suffering from seasickness.

(128) 20th October -13.36 Object on beach, Seaford

                          Tasked to Splash Point, Seaford to try and identify an object on the beach below the cliffs.                          Newhaven Lifeboats Y boat landed and identified the object as marker buoys for pots.

(127) 16th October -17.53 Vessel with engine failure, Newhaven

 Tasked to meet Newhaven Lifeboat towing a vessel suffering from engine failure. The casualties auxiliary engine also failed. Whilst inspecting the vessels safety equipment it was discovered that, what the owners believed to be 2 x distress flares were in fact empty illumination flare cases. Safety advice given

(126) 15th October -16.33 Diver with decompression sickness, Brighton

 Tasked to meet a dive vessel in Brighton Marina to take details of a diver who had earlier required a medical evacuation for suspected decompression sickness.

 (125) 14th October -13.03. Dog over cliff, 

 Full cliff team paged to a report of a dog over the cliff halfway between the NCI lookout and the old radar site. The dog was quickly located about 30ft down the cliff.  It was recovered safe a well and returned to the owners.

 (124)  06th October -18.32 Vessel stuck under Quay, Newhaven

Called to a vessel at North Quay Newhaven, stuck under a steel support with a rising tide. Newhaven Lifeboats inflatable Y Boat released the vessel and towed it to its berth.

(123)  01st October -13.38 Person cut off by the tide, Saltdean

 Tasked to Saltdean, report of 3 persons cut off by the tide. On scene with Brighton Lifeboat.  3 casualties swam out to Brighton Lifeboat  who landed them safely back on the beach. Safety advice given. These casualties had used a mobile phone tidechecker to check the tide times, however the tidetable used did not add an hour to account for British Summer Time.

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(122)  27th September - 00.21 Suicidal Person, Newhaven

 Called to Newhaven swing Bridge for a report of a suicidal person. Casualty jumped into the water and was recovered by a Newhaven Coastguard rescue swimmer and Newhaven Lifeboats inflatable Y boat. The casualty was checked by Paramedics then taken into Police custody.

(121)  20th September - 06.50 Person stuck in mud, Newhaven

 Tasked to same vessel as yesterday, owner stuck in the mud while trying to recover his vessel. He was recovered by Newhaven Lifeboats inflatable Y boat and taken to the Lifeboat station

(120  )19th September -16.48 Vessel calling for assistance, Newhaven

 Called to investigate a vessel calling for help somewhere within Newhaven Harbour. Vessel located in the Turning Basin by North Quay aground on the mud, the owner had left the scene for fuel. Advice given

(119) 18th September -14.13 Paraglider stuck in a Tree, Devils Dyke

 Full team called to Devils Dyke, Brighton to assist in a multiagency rescue of a paraglider who crash landed in trees and was hanging by his chute approximately 60ft above the ground. West Sussex Fire Brigade Technical Rescue team, Paramedics, Police and Coastguard helicopter 104 all assisted in the rescue.

 (Photos1 to 4 courtesy of Eddie Mitchell)

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(118)  18th September - 03.37 Suicidal Person, Newhaven

Called to Newhaven swing bridge for a report of a suicidal person threatening to jump into the water. The casualty was talked down by a member of the Newhaven Lifeboat crew and taken to the Lifeboat station before being handed to Sussex Police.

 (117)  15th September -19.11 Yacht with fouled propeller, Newhaven

 Yacht becalmed after its propeller was entangled in a bag at the entrance to Newhaven Harbour. As wind conditions were calm the yacht was towed in by Newhaven Lifeboat

(116)  5th September - 20.31 Ex Lifeboat  broken down, Seaford

 Called to meet Newhaven Lifeboat with a 52ft Arun class ex RNLI Lifeboat in tow after both its engines failed off Seaford, in rough weather

The casualty is the vessel on the left of the picture

(Photo courtesy of Newhaven Lifeboat)

(115)  4th September -13.58 Capsized Zapcat, Beachy Head

 Tasked to meet Newhaven Lifeboat with small Zapcat twin hulled racing dinghy which had capsized off Beachy Head. Because of the size of the vessel the lifeboat crew were able to place it on their rear deck area. All crew uninjured. 

(114)  2nd September - 19.12 Missing person, Ovingdean

 Full team paged to search for a missing vulnerable person in the Ovingdean area with Shoreham Coastguard and Sussex Police. 
Person located elsewhere.

(113)  1st September -16.57 Bicycle on cliff edge

 Report of abandoned bicycle on edge of cliff. On arrival a male was found sunbathing a short distance down a steep slope below the cliff edge. Safety advice given.

(112)  25th August – 12.51  Inflatable dinghy, Seaford

Tasked to Seaford Beach. Sussex Police reported that an inflatable dinghy had blown across the road in front of them.  Concerned that someone may be in the water we carried out a search from Seaford back to Newhaven, speaking to some kite boarders and other persons on the beach. Nothing found. The Police recovered the dinghy to Seaford Police Station

(111)  23rd August - 20.59 Yacht with fouled propeller, 21 miles off Newhaven

 Tasked to meet Newhaven Lifeboat with a yacht in tow that had suffered a fouled propeller while in the shipping separation lanes approximately 21 miles off.


(110)  21st August – 17.50 Concern for vessel

 Report of a vessel making heavy weather then soon after disappeared from sight. 
Search of the area made, nothing found

(109) 20th August – 17.50 Mayday, Newhaven

Tasked to Newhaven Marina to meet with a vessel being towed in by another vessel. The casualty vessel had sent a Mayday on Marine channel 12, which is the traffic control for Newhaven Harbour. The vessel was safely at anchor and no life was in danger so the distress call Mayday was incorrectly used and on the wrong             channel / frequency. Strong safety advice given

(108) 18th August – 20.04 Concern for yacht

 Concern from a member of the public that a yacht was listing at approximately 40 degrees but there was no wind. Once on scene we observed the yacht for some time. It seemed fine so we returned to station

(107) 16th August – Object in water, Saltdean

Tasked to Saltdean to investigate a report form a member of the public that there was an upturned vessel in the water. Full search of the area carried out, nothing found

 (106)  12th August – 14.15 Vessel sinking, Brighton

 Tasked to Brighton Marina to get observation of a 36ft vessel that had sent a Mayday distress call because it was taking on water. Newhaven & Brighton Lifeboats tasked. The water ingress was coming from a leaking stern gland so when the propellers were not spinning the ingress slowed considerably.  Newhaven Lifeboat took the vessel alongside and towed it into the marina were it was immediately lifted out of the water

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(105)  08th August – 21.40 Suicidal person, Peacehaven

 Full team tasked to Peacehaven to assist Police search for a person who had said they were going to jump from the cliff. The person was located and taken into Police custody

 (104)  07th August – 18.26 Seven persons cut off by tide, Crowlink

  Full cliff team tasked to Crowlink to a report of seven persons and a dog cut off by the tide. Although this area is covered by Biring Gap Coastguard they were already out assisting Eastbourne Coastguard with another incident. Newhaven Lifeboat was also on scene but as a large swell was running up the beach it was deemed to risky to use the Y boat to recover the casualties. In total 3 adults, 4 children and 1 dog were recovered up the cliff face. Although a little cold they were all safe and well.

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(103)  07th August – 17.02 Person on cliff edge, Telscombe

 Tasked to a report of a person on the wrong side of the fence at Telscombe. Met with Sussex Police and carried out a search of the area. Nothing found

(102)  06th August – no time logged. Meet sailing boat, Brighton

 While at Brighton Marina for previous incident, re tasked to meet a sailing boat and give safety advice

(101)  06th August – 13.30 Broken down vessel, Brighton

 While at Brighton Marina for previous incident, re tasked to meet a vessel being towed in by the Brighton Lifeguards safety boat, with a broken fuel line.

(100)  06th August – 12.06 Diver in difficulties, Brighton

 Report of a diver in difficulties, Brighton. Met with the dive boat to and waited for Ambulance crew.

(99)  04th August – 14.50 Barge in danger, Newhaven

  Tasked to Denton Island to a derelict barge in danger of capsizing, due to being full of rainwater. Sussex fire & rescue pumped the water from the vessel.

(98)  02nd August – 01.35 Missing swimmer, Brighton

Tasked to Brighton Beach to a report of a missing swimmer. Stood down on route as swimmer was found safe and well.

(97)  01st August - 22.34 Person on the cliff edge, Lewes, Seaford

Tasked to Seaford Head to a report of a person on the cliff edge. Casualty taken down by Police and taken into custody

 (96)  31st July – 14.56 Escort ambulance to helicopter site, Tidemills

  Tasked to escort ambulance to the Helicopter Landing Site at Tidemills beach. Two persons with suspected decompression sickness. Flown to a specialist hospital

(95) 31st July - 01.33 Flat battery, Newhaven

 Tasked to Newhaven Marina to meet a vessel that suffered a flat battery after leaving all lights on while fishing. Towed in by another vessel. Advice given

(94)  30th July – 19.37 Injured Paraglider, Newhaven

 Full team tasked to West Beach Newhaven to assist a paraglider who had crashed into the cliff sustaining serious injuries. Once stabilised the casualty was put onto a stretcher and carried to a waiting helicopter.

(93)  30th July – 13.15 Boat fire, Brighton

 Tasked to Brighton Marina for a report of a vessel on fire.  Fuel leak on Starboard engine.

(92) 24th July – 20.06 Concern for yacht, Seaford

 Member of the public reported that he was concerned for the safety of a yacht, off the Martello tower, Seaford. We spoke to the first informant and observed the vessel which seemed to be proceeding ok.  False alarm with good intent.

(91)  24th July – 13.00 Mayday, Newhaven

  Tasked to meet Newhaven Lifeboat with a vessel in tow. Veseel had sent a Mayday call because he had fouled his propeller. Safety advice and correct use of VHF distress procedures given.

 (90)  20th July – 13.11 New vessel fuel problems, Newhaven

 Called to meet Newhaven Lifeboat at the fuel berth towing in a brand new 64foot power boat, being delivered to Southampton with failed engines. Believed to have run out of fuel. While checking the vessels equipment it was found that although in date many of the flares were seeping.

 Gave advice to delivery crew re the condition of their flares.

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(89)  20th July – 11.15 Fuel problems, Birling Gap

 Report of vessel about half a mile off Birling Gap, broken down. Suspected fuel problems.

(88) 16th July - 02.44 Person in the water, Brighton

 Tasked to a person in the water near The Queens Hotel Brighton. Brighton Lifeboat also tasked.  When we arrived the casualty had been recovered from the water and was taken home by Police.

(87)  14th July - 20.25 Engine failure, Brighton

 Tasked to Brighton Marina to meet Brighton Lifeboat with a Catamaran in tow that had suffered engine failure. Assisted with mooring vessel in strong winds.

(86)  13th July – 20.05 Flare on beach, Seaford

 While most of the team were already out at Seaford on a training exercise, we received a call regarding a pyrotechnic that had washed up on the beach just West of us.  An initial team was sent to investigate, and once located the rest of the team joined them to set up a cordon. The device was an out of date distress flare that had been in the water. After assessment it was placed into a special box and driven to safe storage at Lee On Solent

For advice on the disposal of flares, visit our Local information page

(85)  11th July - 19.11 Person cut off by tide, Seaford

 While interviewing the skipper of the fishing vessel (see previous incident ) we were re tasked to Seaford to a report of a person cut off by the tide. The casualty was returned to dry land by Newhaven Lifeboats Y Boat. Returned to the fishing vessel from the previous incident to complete report.

(84)  11th July – 18.41 Fishing vessel hit by yacht, Newhaven

 Called to meet a local fishing vessel who reported that he had been rammed in the stern by a yacht, causing damage t the fishing vessel.

(83) 11th July - 13.23 Man with chest pains

 Tasked to meet the A fisheries protection vessel at Newhaven. One of its crewmen was experiencing severe chest pains. Transferred to a waiting ambulance.

 (82) 10th July - 15.29 Engine failure, Brighton

 Tasked to Brighton Marina to assist Brighton Lifeboat with a vessel that had engine failure and was being washed against the sea wall of the Marina. Safety advice given

(81)  07th July - 15.38 Missing person, Brighton

 Full Team tasked to assist Shoreham Coastguard with a search for a venerable person between Brighton Pier & Hove Lagoon. Shortly after commencing a search the casualty was spotted in Peachaven by the father of one of the Newhaven Coastguard team who had been with his son when the description of the missing person was given out.

(80) 03rd July - 14.05 Gearbox failure, Seaford

  A Pan Pan distress call had been sent out by a vessel in Seaford Bay. The gearbox had stuck in the reverse position and unable to manoeuvre the vessel ended up on the beach. Another vessel toed the casualty back to Newhaven

 (79)  02nd July - 17.37 Person jumped from pier, Brighton

We were asked to meet another vessel being towed in but at 17.37  were immediately diverted to a report of an intoxicated person on a stag party who had jumped from Brighton Pier into approximately 1 metre of water , potentially sustaining serious injuries.  Second person jumped in to assist the first but required assistance from Brighton Lifeboat and the Brighton Beach Lifeguards. 1st   casualty taken to Brighton Hospital.

Picture, Eddie Mitchell

(78)  02nd July – 15.33 Yacht in difficulties, Brighton

  Meet yacht at Brighton Marina with mechanical problems and no wind to sail. Towed in by Brighton Lifeboat. Advice given

(77)  02nd July - 12.00 Person in water, Seaford

 Tasked to Seaford beach to a report of a person face down in the water. On arrival at Seaford a member of the public had dragged the casualty from the water and CPR was started by the Coastguard team with the assistance of Seaford Lifeguards. Sussex Ambulance also arrived on scene but the casualty was unable to be revived.

(76)  01st July – 16.12  Children in Dinghy, Newhaven

 Whilst finishing the previous incident we received a report of 2 young children possibly in difficulties in a small dinghy, in the harbour. The children were quickly located safe and well and were given safety advice.

 (75) 01st July – 13 40 Bomb, Newhaven

 Whilst at the Coastguard station shortly after returning from the previous incident a member of the public approached one of the team with a large cylindrical object, explaining that he had found it on the beach. Resembling a world war 2 shell we immediately evacuated of station and set up a short range cordon whilst contacting our operations room. After a photo was emailed to the ops room which was passed to bomb disposal it was decided with the assistance of the Police who were now on scene to block the road and evacuate a block of flats opposite as well as the public house and the houses next to the station. Bomb disposal arrived and declared the object safe. They removed it from the Coastguard station. The road was reopened and people allowed back to their homes.

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(74)  01st July - 11.31 Unconscious person, Brighton

 Tasked to meet a charter vessel at Brighton Marina with an unconscious person aboard. No apparent reason for his collapse. Met by waiting Paramedics and taken to Brighton Hospital

(73) 01st July - 11.20 Suicidal Person, Brighton Pier

 Tasked to Palace Pier, Brighton to a report of a suicidal person threatening to jump from the pier. Stood down on route

(72)  28th June - 18.40 Broken Down Vessel, Newhaven

 While returning from previous incident a report was received about a vessel broken down 2 miles off Newhaven. The Lifeboat was re tasked and towed the vessel to Newhaven. Advice given

(71)  28th June - 17.59 Rubber Dinghy Drifting, Seaford

Called to report of rubber dinghy drifting off Seaford Head. Newhaven Lifeboat tasked to bring the casualties back to the beach. Advice given.

 (70)  26th June - 12.18 Crashed Paraglider, Newhaven

 Tasked to Newhaven West Beach to a report of a paraglider hanging from the cliff face by his chute. On arrival he s chute strings had snapped and he had fallen approximately 40 feet to the beach. We immobilised his neck until Paramedics arrived. After a full assessment he was carried by stretcher to a waiting ambulance

(69)  25th June - 17.34 Person in water, Brighton

 Tasked to person in the water East of The Banjo Groyne, Brighton. On arrival Brighton Beach Lifeguards had recovered the casualty and were performing CPR until Paramedics arrived. The casualty was unable to be resuscitated.

(68)  25th June - 15.24 Body in water, Brighton

 Full team tasked to just East of Brighton Marina, to a report of a possible person in the water.  Sussex Police and Brighton Lifeboat in attendance. On arrival it was found to be a body. The body was handed into the care of the coroner

(67)  19th June - 13.52 Suicidal person in water, Newhaven

 While completing the paperwork from the previous incident we were requested to make an immediate response to the Area of The Ark, Public House to a report of a person in the water. Newhaven Lifeboat which was on route to Brighton also made best speed. When we arrived a small fishing vessel had collected some Police officers and they managed to get the casualty aboard. The casualty was taken by Newhaven Lifeboat to the Lifeboat Station and after being checked by Paramedics was taken to hospital.

 (66)  19th June - 12.19 Broken down motor cruiser, Newhaven

 Tasked to Newhaven East Pier to assist a small motor cruiser that had broken down and was being slammed against the pier by strong winds. Newhaven Lifeboat took the vessel in tow back o the marina, were we gave advice.

  (65) 18th June - 03.17 Person entered water, Hove

 Report of person in the water by Hove Lawns. Full team tasked, with Brighton Lifeboat, Rescue 104, and two of Shoreham Coastguards. Extensive search made of the area. Nothing found. On the final sweep of the search two early morning naked swimmers were spotted on the beach. When approached they were assessed and found to be hypothermic. A Paramedic car was called to check their condition.

(64)  16th June - 11.00 Attend remote radio site

 Called to reset radios at remote radio site

(63)  15th June - 22.03 Person on the cliff edge, Lewes

 Called to the Quarry Cliffs above the Chalkpit Inn, Offam near Lewes. Report of a person on the cliff edge.  Extensive search of the area with Police. Nothing found.

 (62)  15th June - 01.05 Attend remote radio site

Called to man remote radio site due to fault at Solent.

(61)  14th June - 00.13 Broken down vessel, Newhaven

 Meet Newhaven Lifeboat with vessel in tow that had broken down while entering port.

 (60)  11th June - 12.15 46  Suicidal person, Seaford

 Assist Sussex Police with suicidal person on the cliff edge at Seaford Head. Person talked down & taken into Custody

 (59)  08th June - 17.55 Person face down in water

 Full Coastguard team, Newhaven Lifeboat, Rescue 104 tasked to a report of a person face down in the water at Splash Point Seaford.  Due to the 10 foot dumping surf Newhaven Lifeboat was unable to get close to the beach. A coastguard rescue swimmer entered the water and managed to recover the apparently lifeless casualty back to the beach. At this time the casualty had vbeen face down for approximately 25 minutes. Members of the Coastguard team immediately started CPR soon joined by Paramedics and one of the Seaford Lifeguards. Other members of the team monitored the rescue swimmer who was exhausted and had ingested sea water. Rescue 104’s paramedic was also winched down to assist. Police and Birling Gap Coastguard helped to enforce a cordon to allow a clear landing site for the helicopter. The Kent Air Ambulance flew a HEMs doctor to the scene and together the various agencies worked on the casualty for around 45 minutes. After that time the casualty had a pulse and was taken by land ambulance to Eastbourne hospital. The Coastguard rescue swimmer was also taken to be checked as a precaution but released a few hours later. After a long stay in hospital the casualty made a full recovery.

For this outstanding and well executed service we received a letter of thanks from Roderick Johnson MNI, Chief Coastguard.

Youtube video below from Newhaven Lifeboat

(58)  07th June - 10.47 Assist Police with access, Peacehaven

 Assist Sussex Police with access to the Promenade below Howard Park, Peacehaven. A recovery truck required access to collect a stolen mobility scooter that had been thrown into the sea

.(57) 04th June – Time not logged. Inflatable being blown out to sea

While returning to Lifeboat station we were re tasked to a report of an inflatable being blown out to sea off Brighton. Brighton Lifeboat towed the dinghy back to the beach. Safety advice given.

 (56)  04th June - 18.39 Broken down fishing vessel

 A local fishing vessel reported that he was alongside a much smaller vessel that had broken down in choppy seas. Newhaven Lifeboat was tasked and attempted to tow the vessel back to port, however due to the sea conditions the vessel kept taking on water and eventually sunk. 

 55)  04th June - 14.12 Abandoned Jet Ski, Newhaven

 Tasked to Newhaven West Pier after a vessel reported an abandoned jet ski. The full team and Newhaven Lifeboat  were paged to Seaford o commence a search. On arrival at Splash point further information came in that the owners were safe and well. The owners had anchored the jet ski just off the beach near the Seaford Sailing Club. When they returned the anchor had failed and the jetski had been carried about ¾ of a mile by the strong East South East Wind

Picture
A member of the Newhaven Lifeboat crew brings the jetski alongside at Newhaven Marina

(54)  02nd June - 17.46 Suicidal person, Seaford

 Tasked to assist Police with suicidal person at Seaford Head. Casualty talked down and taken into Police custody.

(53) 29th May - 19.52 Person with broken leg

   Tasked to Newhaven Lifeboat station to meet the Lifeboat with a casualty taken off the Queen Mary suffering a broken leg. Taken to hospital by ambulance.

(52) 27th May - 02.00 Attend remote radio site  

Called to intruder alarm, remote radio site

 (51)  26th May - 19.16 Attend remote radio site

  Tasked to remote radio site. Fault on telephone line.

 (50)  26th May - 13.22 Man overboard, Brighton

Man swept overboard by large wave while attempting to enter Brighton Marina. The man was still attached to the vessel by a harness and was repeatedly being ducked into the water. With the assistance of Brighton Lifeboat Lifeboat the man was recovered back to the yacht. Newhaven Lifeboat now on scene and Coastguard Rescue 104 standing by. The vessel was safely escorted into Brighton by both Lifeboats.  The man was assessed by Paramedics

Photos below courtesy of Eddie Mitchell

Video from Newhaven Lifeboat

Click pictures below to enlarge

 (49)  24th May - 16.46 Person on cliff edge, Saltdean

 Tasked to Saltdean to assist Police with a person on the cliff edge. The casualty was talked down and taken into custody shortly before our arrival.

 (48)  23rd May - 19.42 Suicidal person, Newhaven

  Assist Police with suicidal person South of Newhaven swing bridge. Full water rescue team deployed, Sussex Police, Sussex Fire & Rescue, Newhaven Lifeboat, & Sussex Ambulance also in attendance. A Coastguard Rescue Officer walked along the jetty to the casualties position tethered to the decaying jetty and to the Fire Brigades Aerial Platform Ladder. As the rescue officer reached the casualties position the casualty slipped off the edge and fell into the water. A Coastguard rescue swimmer immediately entered the water and assisted the casualty to the waiting Lifeboat. The casualty was handed to Paramedics at the Lifeboat station.

Photo Gary English

 (The casualty is deliberately not visible in this picture)  

(47)  20th May - 16.10 Child in water, Seaford

 Report of a child in the water at Splash Point Seaford. A member of the public had managed to throw the chid a life ring and pull him in. He was taken to Eastbourne hospital. A second child was uninjured and taken home by Paramedics.

(46) 19th May – No time logged Speedboat in difficulties, Roedean

 On completion of search the Initial response team were tasked to Roedean to a report of a speedboat in difficulties. Brighton Lifeboat towed the vessel back to the marina   Safety advice given and how to use the 999 system explained.

(45) 19th May – No time logged, Possible person over cliff, Peacehaven

Re tasked to Peacehaven caravan site to report from Police of a possible person over the cliff. Nothing found but a beach search was scheduled for 19.00 that evening. Nothing found. 

(44)  19th May - 13.20 Object water, Ovingdean

 Tasked to a report of an object in the water off Ovingdean. After observation it was found to be a seal surfacing every few minutes in the same area.

 (43)  15th May - 20.44 Paraglider in the sea

 Tasked to Rottingdean to a report that a Paraglider had possibly crashed into the sea. After a search of the area nothing was found.

(42)   12th May - 23.50 Person in the water, Newhaven

 Tasked to a report of a person in the water at Newhaven Harbour entrance. On arrival Police were on scene. A Coastguard rescue swimmer entered the water and secured the casualty until the Lifeboat arrived. Both the casualty and rescue swimmer boarded the Lifeboat and were landed at the Lifeboat Station to be checked by Paramedics

(41)  10th May - 14.36 Attend remote radio site  

 Man Remote radio site while some equipment is changed at Solent operations room.

(40)  09th May -  09.29 Report of pollution, Seaford

 Tasked to Seaford Bay to investigate report of pollution.  On further investigation the cause was natural contamination of Mayrot.

(39)  04th May - 15.51 Attend Helicopter landing site, Brighton

 Tasked to man the Helicopter landing site at Brighton to meet Rescue 104. We were stood down shortly after arrival as it was decided the helicopter was no longer required.

(38)   28th April - 20.40 Overdue swimmer, Newhaven

 Tasked to investigate a possible overdue swimmer on West Beach, Newhaven. The swimmer who was spear fishing has lost his spear and was trying to locate it.  Safety advice given.

(39)  04th May - 15.51 Tasked to man the Helicopter landing site at Brighton to meet Rescue 104. We were stood down shortly after arrival as it was decided the helicopter was no longer required.

(37)  25th April - 18.32 Dinghy being blown offshore, Brighton

 Tasked to the East of Brighton Pier to a report of a blue inflatable dinghy being carried out to sea by the offshore wind. On arrival no dinghies were sighted being blown out but several blue dinghies were in the area. As Solent Coastguard were receiving reports up and down the coast about dinghies being carried out to sea we were asked to remain on the pier and keep a good watch on the beach each side of the pier.While on the pier Solent Coastguard received a call from a pleasure craft stating that they had broken down by Brighton’s West Pier. Brighton Lifeboat which was already afloat was tasked to assist the vessel and tow it back to the marina. We met the vessel to take details and give advice.  As we were departing the marina Solent Coastguard recdeived a further report of an upside down sailing dinghy just East of Brighton West Pier. Upon arrival we discovered the dinghy had been pushed into the sae by a group of youths. We dragged it basck up the beach with the assistance of the Brighton Lifeboat crew.

 (36)  25th April - 15.28. Dinghy being blown offshore, Rottingdean

 A 999 call was received by Solent Coastguard from 2 females concerned for the safety of their boyfriends. They had gone a long way out from the shore in a small inflatable dinghy at Rottingdean, with an offshore wind. When we arrived the two males were slowly making their way back to the beach against the offshore wind. When they arrived at the beach they refused to give us their details. We gave them safety advice and returned to station.


 (35)  23rd April  - 10.00   Abandoned Kayak

Whilst returning to station from the previous incident we were asked to attend Newhaven Lifeboat station to check out a kayak that had been landed there by an inbound vessel.

Sue Watson

 (34)  23rd April -  07.39  Serious Yacht fire, Brighton

 Tasked to Brighton Marina to meet two persons that had been recovered from the water after their yacht suffered a catastrophic fire approximately 1 mile off Black Rock. Both casualties were and taken to Brighton hospital suffering from mild hypothermia.

Photo courtesy of Sue Watson

(33) 22nd April - 18.05 Dinghy on the beach, Newhaven

 Newhaven NCI reported a deflated dinghy on the West Beach. On investigation is was dinghy that had been ripped by children earlier that day.

 (32)  20th April - 13.49. Person over cliff, Pecehaven

Initial response team tasked to The Old Radar Site after a cyclist found clothing close to the cliff edge. After examination the full cliff team was called along with Sussex Police. Two cliff men descended the cliff to the beach, however as it was high tide not much of the beach was visible. The cliff men were recovered and it was decided to wait half hour as the tide was starting to go out. The cliff men were re lowered to the beach and a body was recovered

(31)  17th April - 13.33  Vessel aground, Newhaven

Tasked to West Beach Newhaven, Vessel aground. On arrival two persons were under the vessel trying to refloat it. The vessel was assisted by two passing ribs who manged to tow it back into deeper water. Advice given.

(30)  16th April - 17.21 injured man, Devils Dyke

 Full team tasked to Devils Dyke, near Brighton to assist Sussex Ambulance with and injured man. The casualty was able to be recovered and the Coastguard team were stood down en route.

(29)  16th April -  02.06 Person sitting on cliff edge, Seaford

   Called to Seaford Head by Sussex Police to a report of a person sitting on the cliff edge. Person talked back by Police and taken into custody.

(28)  11th April - 16.47. Concern for two young children, Newhaven

 Tasked to Denton Island after a report from a member of public reporting two young children playing in a dinghy. The children had taken the dinghy from the river bank. Details taken and safety advice given.

 (27)  07th April - 03.57. Two persons in the water Newhaven

Tasked to two persons in the water at Newhaven Swing Bridge. One casualty recovered by Sussex Police, the other clinging to the woodwork of the bridge structure. A Coastguard rescue swimmer entered the water  and both the casualty and rescue swimmer ere recovered by Newhaven Lifeboat

(26) 06th April - 13.21  Person on the cliff edge Seaford

Tasked to Seaford Head to assist Sussex Police with a person on the cliff edge. Taken into Police custody

(25)  02nd April - 18.15 Broken down vessel

 Meet Newhaven lifeboat with broken down ex fishing vessel in tow.

 (24)  02nd April - 10.36 .  Person fallen into a rough sea, Peacehaven

  Full team tasked along with Newhaven Lifeboat & Coastguard helicopter, Rescue 104 to the promenade at Peacehaven.  A person had fallen from the wall into a rough sea. Despite attempts to rescue the casualty by bystanders, resulting in a would be rescuer also being dragged into the sea the casualty was unable to be saved. His body was recovered from the sea by the helicopter. The would be rescuer also required medical attention for severe hypothermia

(23)  01st April - 10.25 to investigate a DSC distress call Newhaven

  Tasked to Newhaven Marina to investigate a DSC distress call. After locating the vessel it was found to be an accidental activation while setting up a new radio.  Advice given.

 (22)  30th March - 13.01 Sick crewman Brighton

 Meet a charter vessel at Brighton Marina. A crewman passed out while being sick, banged to back of his head and was unconscious for a short time. Upon return to the marina he was taken into the care of a waiting ambulance.

(21)  26th March - 20.09 Attempted suicide at Newhaven

Called to an attempted suicide at Newhaven Swing Bridge. A person was on the timber frames below the bridge. Newhaven Lifeboat, Sussex Police, Sussex Ambulance & Sussex Fire & Rescue also in attendance.  After 4 hours the casualty was talked down and taken into Police custody

 (20)  21st March - 14.44 Give safety advice

 Called to give safety advice with the Police to a canoeist on Seaford Beach. While at Seaford the Police were talking to a person on the cliff edge. We proceeded to provide back up. The casualty made a run towards the cliff edge but was detained by a Police officer with the assistance of two Coastguards.

(19) 14th March - 13.01 body on the beach Crowlink

 Full team paged to assist Birling Gap Coastguard at Crowlink.  Report of a body on the beach. Newhaven Lifeboat was also launched, and it was decided to recover the body to the Lifeboat.

(18)  09th March - 12.42 Search for a possible missing person Brighton

 Tasked to Brighton to assist Shoreham Coastguard with a search for a possible missing person after clothing was found on the beach. Nothing found.

(17)  07th March - 19.12 Assist with a body Roedean

 Tasked to Roedean to assist with a body on the undercliff walk. The casualty was thought to have come from the cliff top above.

 (16) 24th February - 08.43 Possible upturned vessel Seaford

 Tasked to Seaford to investigate a report of a possible upturned vessel in the water. The object was a large wooden pile. Pile recovered by Newhaven Pilot Boat.

(15)  23rd February - 11.14. Concern for yacht, Seaford

 Investigate a 999 call from a member of the public concerned for a yacht off the Martello Tower, Seaford. On arrival the vessel was close to the shore (approximately 50 metres) and was trying to rig a Storm Jib. We requested the launch of Newhaven Lifeboat to assist the vessel. At first the Lifeboat escorted the yacht but when it was in increasing risk of running aground a tow line was passed and the Lifeboat towed the vessel back to port. An ambulance was called to check the condition of the one person aboard.

 (14)  09th February - 12.55 Meet Charter Vessel, Newhaven

 Meet a charter vessel at Newhaven Marina. One crew member had been airlifted to hospital by Rescue 104 after he collapsed due to repeated seasickness. On the journey home a second crew member tripped on a fish box and cut his eye. Because of medication he was taking he was advised to attend hospital as well.

(13) 07th February - 09.35  Lifejacket on beach, Newhaven

 Called to investigate a report of a lifejacket washed up on the beach behind Newhaven Breakwater. The item was in fact a pair of waterproof trousers. After a search of the immediate area nothing else was found. False alarm with good intent

(12)  06th February - 11.53 Possible fire on Yacht Brighton

 Called to Brighton Marina to meet a yacht being escorted in by Brighton Lifeboat. A short time after starting the engine, large amounts of smoke started coming from the engine. Fire brigade called to check the vessel with a thermal camera. No sign of fire. While doing safety checks we advised the owner that some of his distress flares were out of date.

 (11)  06th February - 09.01 Possible suicide Brighton

Called to a vessel in Brighton Marina to assist Sussex Police with a possible suicide. When we arrived the Police had already taken the person into custody

(10)  04th February -  19.10. Person on the cliff edge  Brighton

 Assist Sussex Police with a suicidal person on the cliff edge above Brighton Marina. Casualty talked down and taken into Police custody. 

(09)  31st January - 08.33 Body at Saltdean

 Assist Sussex Police recover a body at Saltdean

 (08)  29th January - 09.00 Assist with car recovery

Return to Telscombe for third attempt at recovering the car from the beach. At 15.33 we left the scene to a report from a member of the public concerned for the safety of some children at Splash Point, Seaford. The children were ok and were given safety advice. We returned to the continued recovery of the car. Itr was decided to remove the front section of the car up to the windscreen, including the engine. After various parts were removed the main part of the car was finally recovered to the cliff top. The engine and other parts were also then winched to the cliff top and at 19.00 we returned to station.

 (07)  28th January - 09.00 Assist with car recovery

 Return to Telscombe for second attempt at recovering the car from the beach, At 12.52 we left the scene to a report of a possible person on the cliff edge at Seaview Avenue, Peacehaven. The area was searched but nothing was found. We returned to the continued car recovery at Telscombe. After several failed attempts to recover the car efforts were ceased at 18.30

(06)  27th January - 07.20 Assist with car recovery

 Requested to assist a local car recovery team with cliff edge safety lines during the recovery of a car on the beach at Telscombe. (see incident 18th January 2011). The car was winched to the top of the cliff but the winch wire snapped and the car fell back to the beach. After nearly 8 hours on site the recovery attempt was called off for the day

 (05) 24th January - 13.33 Person on the cliff edge Roedean

 Tasked to Roedean to assist Sussex Police with a person on the cliff edge. Person talked down and taken into Police custody

(04)  18th January - 16.02 Car over cliff at Telscombe

 Report that a car had been seen to drive off the cliff at Telscombe. Full team paged to Telscombe Tye, along with Sussex Police, Sussex Fire & Rescue, Sussex Ambulance and Coastguard Helicopter, Rescue 104. The vehicle was quickly located. The Coastguard Helicopter was used extensively to fly mainly Fire Brigade personnel and equipment down to the beach. The drivers body was flown to the cliff top and handed to the care of the Coroner.

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(03)   09th January - 10.39 Attend remote radio site  

Investigate alarm activation at the remote radio site, Newhaven

(02)   07th January - 16.00  Search for an injured fox

Tasked to the promenade below St Dunstans to assist the RSPCA with a search for an injured fox. The fox was sighted by a member of public and was thought to had fallen from the cliff edge above. 

The fox was located between the rocks but  avoided capture.

(01)   06th January - 13.50 Attend remote radio site

Investigate alarm activation at the remote radio site, Newhaven


  INCIDENT REPORTS 2010

Incidents this year  -  120

29th December - 17.20 Suicidal person, Seaford

Tasked to Splash Point, Seaford, to assist Sussex Police with a suicidal person. Newhaven Lifeboat also tasked. Police managed to talk the casualty back. The Lifeboat and Coastguard stood down.

28th December - 13.58 Locate a radio signal jamming Chanel 16

Tasked to The area of Brighton Marina, attempt to locate a radio signal jamming Chanel 16. Carrier stopped on its own, returned to station

27th December - 13.12. Dog over the cliff Saltdean

 Full team called to report of a dog over the cliff at Saltdean. Stood down as leaving station

23rd December -11.14. Person on the cliff edge,

Assist with person on the cliff edge at Saltdean.  Person taken into Police Custody

21st December -16.13 Person injured in sledging accident, Rottingdean.

The full team where paged to assist Sussex Ambulance staff extricate a person injured in a sledging accident in Rottingdean. Just as we where about to depart the Coastguard station the ambulance crew managed to deal with the incident unassisted and our team where stood down. 

11th December  -16.02  Drum of unknown liquid on beach, Telscombe.

Solent Coastguard where contacted by a member of the public, regarding a 20 litre drum on the beach full of liquid. Newhaven initial response team located the barrel approximately 200metres West of the Portobello sewage works. One member of the team wearing a full face visor and gloves approached the drum where it was discovered to contain old engine oil. the drum was moved to a secure location for proper disposal.

03rd December - 06.15  Provide 4 x 4 support

Provide further 4 x 4 support to Eastbourne Hospital


 02nd December -16.50  Assist with man injured on sledge.

The full Coastguard search & rescue team from Newhaven where tasked to Poverty Bottom near Bishopstone to assist East Sussex Ambulance locate & extricate a male believed to be in his forties who had suffered multiple injuries and Hypothermia whilst sledging. The casualty was in a field approximately 1/4 of a mile from the nearest track and around 1.5 miles from the ambulance. Within 20 minutes of being tasked we had two 4 x 4 vehicles in the field alongside the casualty. Once stabilised he was put on a spinal board and into the back of a 4 x 4 pick up belonging to one of Newhaven Coastguard team  and slowly driven to the waiting ambulance.

Due to the condition of the road the Coastguard team had to manually grit some of the road from nearby grit bins and  our Landrover was required to tow the ambulance up two hills so it could get back to the A259, where it took the injured male to Brighton.

02nd December - 14.30 Provide 4 x 4 support

Provide further support to Key NHS staff at Eastbourne Hospital

01st December - 18.00  Proceed to the snow control room

We where re tasked to the snow control room at Eastbourne Hospital to assist with co-ordination and provide 4 x 4 vehicles.

01st December - Approx 10.00. Co-ordinate 4 x 4 support

Due to heavy snow we where asked to provide 4 x 4 support for key NHS staff to get them to and from work at the Eastbourne District General Hospital. Initially controlled from Newhaven Coastguard Station.


28th November - 9.14 Meet Newhaven Lifeboat with broken down vessel

Proceed to Newhaven Marina to meet Newhaven Lifeboat with a broken down vessel in tow, assist with mooring and give advice.

 

 24th November - 15.31. Broken down vessel East of Seaford Head

Solent Coastguard received a Pan Pan distress call from a fishing vessel reporting himself to be 8 cables off Hope Point, east of Seaford Head with mechanical problems.. We where asked to proceed to the cliff tops to see if we could locate the vessel. Newhaven Lifeboat was launched and located the vessel quickly. A tow line was passed and the vessel was taken back to Newhaven Marina. Upon further investigation it was discovered that the gearbox coupling has snapped. 

11th November -16.20. Helicopter evacuation of female kicked by a horse.

We were tasked to a position just north of Brighton Racecourse to meet Coastguard helicopter, Rescue 104, and assist with the evacuation of a female who had been kicked in the head by a horse. A helicopter evacuation was requested by Sussex Ambulance,  as due to the nature of her injuries and the fact that the casualty was down a very long and rough track the journey would be risky in a land ambulance. While we attended the scene of the incident two other members of our team set up the regular Brighton helicopter landing site (HLS), to receive the casualty. As soon as the casualty was safely aboard the aircraft we then made our way to the HLS, to back up the other members of the team. The casualty was landed and put into a land ambulance to be transferred to Brighton hospital.

 

 09th November -19.42. Possible missing person, River Ouse.

Our station manger and deputy station manger where out planning a training exercise up river on the West Bank of the Ouse when they came across a petrol powered golf buggy in good condition. It was well below the high water mark, and there was concern that the person who had been driving it may have fallen into the water. The team where paged and a search of the river bank was carried out to the North & South of the location, using torches and illuminatiing parachute flares. While liaising with Sussex Police, it was established that two buggies had recently been stolen from a near by golf course. Nothing was found so the search teams returned to the buggy which was towed by 4 x 4 back up the bank, and the owners were informed.

 

 30th October - 12.38. Yacht aground on Seaford Beach

Newhaven Lifeboat and Newhaven IRT where tasked by Solent Coastguard to a 36 foot yacht on  Seaford beach, close to the Beachcomber Pub. The Yacht had dropped sail to enter Newhaven Harbour under engine power but the engine failed. The yacht attempted to sail into deeper water to fix the engine but was blown towards Seaford Beach. The anchor was deployed to try and stop the yacht going aground but it was not able to hold the vessel. The skipper sent out a Pan Pan distress call on channel 16 .  When we arrived on scene the lifeboat had just passed a tow line to the yacht, and one of the Coastguard team went aboard the yacht  to help secure the rope and try to lift the anchor. After approximately 10 minutes the Lifeboat managed to tow the yacht free, and return it to Newhaven.Harbour, No obvious damage was caused to the vessel.

Top picture courtesy of Roger Taylor


 

19th October - 18.48. Concern for Small boat, Seaford

A fisherman on Seaford beach contacted Solent Coastguard, after watching a small open boat just off Splash Point, with two persons aboard.The vessel seemed to be struggling to make headway, and then disappeared from sight.
While  searching in reduced visibility due to heavy rain with binoculars and torches, Solent Coastguard contacted  Newhaven Harbour control, who could see a small boat on their CCTV system just entering port.
We returned to Newhaven and intercepted the vessel, who confirmed they had been off Splash point but travelled back to port with no lights, thus the fisherman on the beach did not see them pass. False Alarm with good intent.

16th October -19.54 Missing person

Full team paged to assist Sussex Police with a search for a missing person in Saltdean. The team were stood down shortly after being paged

 14th October -14.35. Unstable expired flares

We were tasked to Brighton Marina to meet the Army bomb disposal team, and a lady who had recently purchased a boat which had two boxes of flares on board (approximately 20 of various types). When checking the expiry dates she found some were 45 years out of date with various expiry dates starting from 1965. If fired these flares could have caused serious injury to the operator. They were taken away for safe disposal by the army team. 

04th October (Time not logged) Concern for dog

As we were securing the radio bunker (see below), Solent Coastguard tasked us to the East Beach to meet a distressed member of the public who's dog was swimming out to sea. In the 4 to 5 minutes it took to get to our station from the remote radio site the dog had turned round and returned to the beach. We stood down.

02nd October - 09.32 Man Remote Radio Site, Newhaven

Newhaven Initial response team were tasked to our remote radio to investigate a technical problem which left Solent Coastguard unable to monitor signals on Channel 16 and Channel 0 from the Newhaven aerials. Caused by a fault in the telephone wires that take the signals to Lee On Solent the whole of the Newhaven Team and some members of the Birling Gap  and Shoreham teams took shifts to staff the Radio Bunker 24 hours a day until 3pm on Monday 04th .   In that time period we received and dealt with Mayday call on 02nd October because due to the fault Solent were unable to deal with it. On 03rd October we had to pass routine radio traffic from Newhaven and Brighton lifeboats.   Newhaven NCI allowed us to use there toilet facilities and tea making equipment as the radio bunker is not fitted with any facilities for a long stay. 

28th September -15.45. Dog Over Cliff, Seaford

The full Cliff Rescue Team were tasked to Buckle Church,at Seaford Head, to reports that a dog had gone over the cliff. As the first members of the team arrived they located the dogs owner who pinpointed the position. The cliff gear was rigged and a cliff man lowered. While the cliff man was searching the beach one of the edge safety men spotted the body of the dog drifting in the water.  Newhaven Lifeboat was launched to recover the dog. The cliff team recovered the cliff man and returned to station.

25th September -12.46 Broken Down Vessel

Tasked to meet Newhaven Lifeboat with broken down vessel in tow.

25th September - 12.46 Locate Signal Jamming Channel 16 

Solent Coastguard were receiving a very strong constant signal on Channel 16 (The calling and distress channel). While this signal was jamming radio communications on their Newhaven repeater aerial a vessel in the area sent a Mayday message to report a person aboard with head injuries. Because of the difficulty in receiving this Mayday signal and other signals,  Newhaven Lifeboat was asked to use the direction finding radio aboard to indicate where the signal was coming from. The Lifeboat did this from their berth, and later proceeded to sea to get another bearing. These bearings combined with the bearing on Solent's direction finder gave us a good indication of the source. After a telephone call to the premises from Solent Coastguard the signal stopped. Newhaven Coastguard were tasked to the premises to gather further information.

19th September - 14.04 Vessel with engine failure.

Tasked to Brighton Marina to assist Brighton Lifeboat with a vessel suffering engine failure. Assisted with mooring, took details and gave safety advice.

18th September - 15.08. Vessel in danger of going aground 

Having just completed the paperwork for the previous incident Solent Coastguard tasked us to Seaford Head to a vessel that had called on VHF channel 16 reporting both his main engine and auxiliary  engine had failed. He had put down two anchors but was in very shallow water in choppy seas. Another angling vessel went to his assistance to pull him into deeper water and Newhaven Lifeboat which had also been tasked to assist took over the tow and took the casualty to Newhaven Marina.

 18th September - 13.51. Report of Vessel in difficulty

Solent Coastguard received a 999 call from a concerned member of the public who was watching the crew of a small speedboat attempting to row along Seaford Beach. We were tasked to investigate. In the short time it took to attend the Coastguard Station to get the response vehicle, another vessel had taken them in tow and they proceeded back to Newhaven Marina. Newhaven IRT met the casualty vessel which had suffered total engine failure. Safety advice was given. 

 18th September - 11.01. Injured Crewman

The Initial response team were tasked to Brighton Marina to meet a charter vessel with an injured person aboard. The vessel had hit a wave throwing the crewman forward, when he put out his hand to steady himself he injured his shoulder with a possible dislocation. Paramedics where on scene and took the casualty to hospital.


16th September -10.24. Possible missing person

Full team paged to Splash Point, Seaford, to assist Sussex Police with a search for a possible missing, person. Shortly after the first team members arrived at Splash point the person was located elsewhere, safe and well and the team were stood down.

15th September -18.48.Report of possible person over cliff

Full team paged to the old radar site Peacehaven to assist Police with a search. The Sussex Police helicopter and Newhaven Coast Rescue Team carried out an extensive search, Nothing found.

12th September -17.22. Meet Newhaven lifeboat with broken down vessel

Tasked to Newhaven Marina's Visitors berth, to assist Newhaven Lifeboat with broken down angling boat that had suffered engine faulure. Checked safety equipment, gave advice.

12th September -15.22. Meet Newhaven lifeboat with broken down vessel

Tasked to Russel Simpsons slipway @ Newhaven Marina to meet Newhaven Lifeboat towing a small pleasure craft that had suffered engine failure. Checked safety equipment, gave advice on out of date distress flares.

2nd September -11.43  Vessel with engine failure.

Tasked to Brighton Marina to meet a broken down vessel being towed in to the Marina. Assisted with mooring, gave  safety advice. 

 

28th August - 20.36 Meet Newhaven lifeboat with broken down vessel

Tasked to the fuel berth at Newhaven to meet Newhaven Lifeboat with a broken down vessel in tow. Assisted with mooring and gave safety advice.

28th August - (no time logged). Attempt to locate vessel with broken rudder

After completion of the previous tasking we where requested by Solent Coastguard to check Newhaven Harbour and Marina for a yacht that had been on passage from the East. The vessel had reported to Dover Coastguard that it was having problems with its rudder, but would attempt to reach Newhaven unassisted. On passing Beachy Head the yacht entered into Solent Coastguards area but nothing further was heard from them. They where located safe and well in Newhaven.

28th August -18.30 Meet Brighton lifeboat with broken down boat

Tasked to Brighton Marina to meet a broken down vessel under tow from Brighton Lifeboat. Assisted with mooring & gave safety advice.

28th August - 12.18. Sunken boat, Brighton

Newhaven Initial Response Team where tasked to Brighton Marina to meet a yacht who’s crew had recovered two persons from a sunken pleasure boat approximately 1.5 miles from the marina. They saw the vessel almost completely submerged and two persons in the water waiving for assistance. One person, a non swimmer was attempting to put on a lifejacket in the water. The two persons were recovered safe and well.

LIFE JACKETS ARE USELESS UNLESS WORN!

14th August - 18.12 Vessel with engine failure 

After watching the Eastbourne Airshow a vessel started to proceed back to Newhaven when it suffered main engine failure. The craft continued at a slow pace with an auxilary engine but made very slow progress. Newhaven Coastguard IRT observed the vessel from the Newhaven NCI lookout until it entered harbour where it was met by the Coastguard, who assisted it with mooring and the disembarkation of a disabled passenger. 

12th August - 20.31 Search for suicidal person 

The full team were paged and told to meet at Tideway School Newhaven for a search breifing.  The team were assisting Sussex Police in searching for a male who had threatened to harm himself and was belived to be in the fields around Tideway School extending South to the cliff edge. Because of the security of the recently rebuilt school access was difficult which slowed the search down. Two members manged to gain access to the cornfield South of the school where the male was located with a friend who was attempting to assit him. The rest of the team gained access from the South of the field with 4 x 4 asistance and the male was transported back to a waiting Paramedic.

5th August - 09.15 Fire on ship

Newhaven Coastguards initial response team were tasked to the East Quay at Newhaven Harbour where it was reported that the scrap vessel moored at East Quay had a fire aboard. Newhaven Fire Brigade attended and the fire was quickly extinguished. Once confirmation was received that the fire was out we returned to station. 

1st August - 17.03 Divers in difficulty Newhaven

Solent Coastguard received a report from a member of the public that five divers were struggling to get ashore against the current, just behind the Western breakwater. This was confirmed by Newhaven NCI.  Newhaven Lifeboat and Newhaven Coastguard Initial respone team were tasked to investigate. The Lifeboat recovered the divers back to the Lifeboat station.

 

31st July - 18.09 Small dinghy believed to be in difficulties

Tasked to West Beach Newhaven to investigate a report of a small inflatable dinghy aprroximatley 1/4 mile from the beach in rough seas. Newhaven Lifeboat was tasked as a precaution. The dinhy made its way ashore where it was met by Newhaven Coastguard. Safety advice given. 

30th July -13.30 Persons cut off by tide

Meet Newhaven Lifeboat at the Lifeboat station with two persons aboard who had been cut off by the tide while walking from Birling Gap steps to Cuckmere. Took details and gave advice. 

 

29th July - 14.23 Boat aground Portobello

We were tasked to the Portobello sewage works to investigate a report of a boat on the beach. On arrival we found a speed boat (approximatley 16ft)  ashore with two persons trying to refloat the vessel. We requested Brighton Lifeboat attend and the vessel was towed back to Brighton Marina.

 

28th July - 21.56 Person in the water Brighton Pier

Tasked to the area of Brighton Pier (Palace Pier) to a report of a person in difficulties close to or under the pier, on arrival Brighton Lifeboat was on scene, and we we joined by Shoreham Coastguard. Two persons were located spear fishing under the pier. They were safe and well. All teams stood down. False alarm with good intent.

27th July -17.55 Sailboarder possibly in difficulties

Whilst in Brighton one of the Newhaven Coastguard team was observing a sailboarder whos owner was in the water for approximatley 10 minutes. Another person swam out to the sailboarders location. After reporting in to the operations room it was decided to launch Brighton Lifeboat to check the boarder and swimmer. Guided in by the Coastguard on the beach the boarder reached shore as the Lifeboat arrived. They were safe and well but inexperienced, hence the amount of time in the water.

27th July -17.51 Broken down yacht 

Meet Newhaven Lifeboat at Newhaven Marina with yacht in tow suffering total engine failure. Checked safety equipment.

25th July -14.01. Vessel in difficulties 

Vessel broken down just West of Newhaven West Pier, due to strong wind the  vessel was being blown onto the rocks.The casualty managed to restart its engine and was escorted back to Newhaven Marina by Newhaven Lifeboat where it was met by Newhaven Coastguard.

  24th July - (time not logged) Broken down yacht

Following previous incident we were tasked to Brighton Marina to assist Brighton Lifeboat with broken down yacht. Details taken and safety equipment checked.

 24th July - 17.27 Broken down yacht

Tasked to the old radar site at Peachaven to observe a broken down yacht. Newhaven Lifeboat was launched and towed the vessel back to Newhaven.

24th July - 11.06. Dog over cliff 

Newhaven initial response team were tasked to the cliff top just West of the old Radar site to locate a dog which had gone over the edge of the cliff. The dog had been missing since approximatley 8am but the owners took time to locate it.  After an assessment  the cliff team where paged with back up from Birling Gap Coastguard, the dog was recovered uninjured and returned to its waiting owners.

Keep dogs on a lead when close to the cliff edge

17th July -15.55 Yacht in difficulties 

Tasked to Brighton Marina to assist Brighton Lifeboat with a Dutch Yacht, who's sail was jammed half way up the mast, making it impossible to raise or lower.

15th July - 18.39 Paddle boarder

Tasked to Tide Mills beach to report of paddle boarder in difficulties. Newhaven Lifeboat also tasked. Paddle boarder made his own way ashore so Lifeboat and Coastguard stood down before leaving station.

15th July - 16.36 Person on cliff edge

Tasked to Peacehaven to assist Sussex Police with person on edge of cliff. When we arrived Sussex Police had casualty in custody so we returned to station.

14th July - 20.30 Person on cliff edge

Having just finished training, full team were paged to assist Sussex Police at Saltdean after a report of a person on the edge of the cliff was received. When police spoke to the person on the edge of the cliff he was just enjoying the view. Coastgaurd and Police stood down. False alarm good intent.

11th July - 13.55 Report of wreckage

Tasked to Peacehaven to investigate report of possible wreckage in the sea. Upon investigation it was a large clump of seaweed. No further action taken. False alarm with good intent.

10th July - 16.56 Overdue dinghy

Tasked to Saltdean to search for overdue dinghy. Newhaven Lifeboat also tasked. Person in dinghy had failed to call his shore contact. Found safe and well at home.

10th July - 10.44 Boat in difficulties

Report of Yacht broken down close to Newhaven Harbour. There was concern as the ferry was due to leave, Newhaven Lifeboat was also tasked. Vessel was located by the Lifeboat using VHF direction finding equipment whereupon it was discovered it was a fishing vessel. Vessel suffered engine failiure on Main and secondary engine. Lifeboat towed back to Lifeboat berth. Coastguard took details and checked safety equipment.

9th July - 20.03 Persons cut off by tide

Called to Telscombe Tye to reports of two teenage girls cut off by the tide. Cliff man looked over the edge in several positions but was unable to locate them. Newhaven Lifeboat was also tasked and managed to locate them using thier Y boat. Recovered them to the Lifeboat then took them to Newhavan Lifeboat Station where one of them received medical attention for an injured hand.

4th July - 14.57 Inflatable dingy 

Concern for inflatable dinghy off Peacehaven as wind was approxamatly 25 Knotts.  Newhaven Coastguard and Newhaven Lifeboat which had just finished exercise, were tasked. On arrival the dinghy was on the promenade with Lifeboat standing by. Gave safety advice.

3rd July - 15.50 Meet Newhaven Lifeboat 

Tasked to Newhaven pilot boat berth to assist Sussex Police and Newhaven Lifeboat to land body found at Birling Gap.

2nd July - 19.21 Report of person on cliff edge

Called to Seaford Head for reports of person on edge of cliff. Provided Sussex Police with a safety harness assisted by Coastguard Cliff man in a harness so they could get to the casualty to talk to them. The casualty slipped and was caught by the Coastguard Officer and the Police Officer and pulled to Safety.

30th June -16.40 Meet Newhaven lifeboat

Meet Newhaven Lifeboat at Newhaven marina with boat in tow.

27th June -10.47 Meet Newhaven Lifeboat

Called to Newhaven Lifeboat station to meet Newhaven Lifeboat with broken down Jetski in tow.

26th June -17.38 Report of tombstoning accident

Tasked straight from previous incident to the groin at Splash Point in Seaford for reports of a Tombstoning accident. One person landed on another person causing them injuries. Casualty taken to hospital.

26th June -16.12 Jetski on beach

Called to report of Jetski on beach at Tidemills on arrival Jetski had battery faliure. Newhaven Coastguard assisted with recovery.

26th June -12.30 Person on cliff edge

Called to report of person on edge of cliff in Peacehaven. After negotiations with police officers broke down a member of the Newhaven Coastguard team managed to persuade the person to come back over the cliff fence. taken into Police custody and coastguard stood down.

25th June - 21.57 Kayak in difficulties

Called to report of a Kayak in difficulties off Peacehaven. When we arrived the Kayak was ashore, police in attendance, saftey advice given but false alarm with good intent.

25th June -13.20 Assist Police

Requested by Sussex Police to assist in searching Seaford Head area for any possessions belonging to body found on beach. See previous incident.

25th June -11.20 Body on beach 

Report from body border of body on the beach under Seaford Head. Newhaven Coastguard asked to assist Police to locate body. After looking over cliff in several position we were unable to locate body. Newhaven Lifeboat was tasked to assist they collected the first informant from the beach and they showed the position of the body. Body was recovered by Lifeboat.

23rd June - 13.48 Broken Down Boat

Tasked to attempt to locate boat a broken down vessel who was unsure of his position near Brighton Marina. The vessel managed to attract the attention of another passing vessel who towed him into Brighton Marina. We met the vessel and assisted with mooring and gave safety advice. 

22nd June - 14.52 Boat On Rocks

Initial response team were tasked to Brighton Marina to report of a boat on the rocks. When they arrived Brighton Lifeboat was in attendance and the boat had been re-floated and escorted to Brighton Marina.

20th June - 13.03 Signal Location 

Initial response team Tasked to Newhaven Marina to attempt to locate a carrier signal which was jamming channel 16, the calling and distress channel. After speaking to several boat owners the signal stopped, so no further action was taken.

19th June - 19.39  Person On Cliff Edge

Initial response team tasked to the cliffs above Brighton Marina to assist Sussex Police with a suicidal person who was on the cliff edge. Sussex police negotiators pursuaded the casualty back over the fence and was taken into Police custody.

19th June - 16.00 Boat Propeller

Initial response team tasked to Southease Bridge to investigate report of a boat in difficulties with a lost propeller. When we arrived there was no vessel in sight North or South of the bridge. Newhaven Lifeboats inflatable Yankee 199 dinghy attended and located the casualty vessel approximately 1 mile north of the bridge and towed it back to Newhaven. 

19th June - 13.00  Dog Stuck In hole

Tasked to investigate report of a dog stuck on cliff face at Newhaven west beach. 

When we arrived we met the owner who said his Jack Russell Terrier had become stuck in a rabbit hole in the cliff face and had been there for about half an hour. 

We tried to see the dog with a torch and to call the dog with no response, full team was paged, Sussex Fire and Rescue were called as there was a large overhang on the cliff. 

One of the team got his electrical extendable cable pulling rods and we managed to hook the dogs collar and slowly and carefully pull him backwards. 

The dog was unharmed and reunited with his owner and the team was stood down before the Fire Brigade arrived. 

16th June - 20.20 Upturned Dingy

Whilst on cliff training Solent Coastguard informed us they had received a 999 call concerning an upturned dinghy in Seaford Bay. No persons with dinghy, it belonged to a small flotilla from Seaford sailing club, there safety boat had recovered the persons from the water. False alarm with good intent.

14th June -12.17 Spear Fisherman Concern

Newhaven NCI contacted Solent Coastguard concerned for the safety of a spear fisherman, who they had seen dive but not resurface. This was reported near the Newhaven west breakwater. Drove along breakwater and located him and all was well.

10th June - 21.50  Seaford Bay Yacht

Member of the public had concern for a Yacht close to shore in Seaford bay, no signs of life on board. Newhaven Lifeboat and Newhaven Coastguard were tasked to investigate. False alarm with good intent. Everything onboard okay.

5th June - 17.29 Meet Lifeboat

Meet Newhaven Lifeboat at Newhaven Marina with broken down vessel in tow. Gave safety advice, took details.

3rd June - 16.57 Drifting Dinghy

Report of an inflatable dinghy being blown out to sea close to the White Horse at Rottingdean. By the time Coastguard had arrived dinghy had made it safely back to shore. Safety advice given.

31st May - 14.31 Broken Down Boat 

Broken down boat towed in by another vessel to Newhaven Marina, gave safety advice and took information.

27th May - 21.43 Person Cut Off

Report of a partially sighted person trying to locate his dog in the water to the east of the Bastion steps. First informant took a considerable amount of time to raise the alarm. Newhaven initial response team and Sussex Police attended last known location. Newhaven Lifeboat diverted from training exercise. Full Newhaven Coastgaurd team was then paged to carry out search between Peacehaven and Newhaven. Coastguard Helicopter 104 was also tasked to carry out a beach and sea search with its thermal camera. After extensive search nothing was found. All teams stood down.

24th May19.23 - Broken Down Boat

Tasked to locate a broken down sports boat with reported water pump failure to Solent Coastguard via VHF radio. Brighton Lifeboat was launched and reached vessel before we were on scene and towed it back to the marina. Met vessel on arrival assisted with mooring and took details.

23rd May11.40 - Meet Newhaven Lifeboat

Tasked to meet Newhaven Lifeboat at Newhaven Marina with broken down Jet-ski in tow and Newhaven Inflatable Y boat with speedboat in tow at the same time. Took details and gave safety advice.

19th May 10.45 - Meet Newhaven Lifeboat

Tasked straight from helicopter exercise ( see gallery ) to Newhaven Marina to meet Newhaven Lifeboat with Yacht in tow. Yacht had suffered mechanical failure on alternator shaft, as there was only 1 knot of wind they were unable to sale so requested assistance from Lifeboat.


 15th May 13.40 - Meet Dive boat at Newhaven Marina

Report of diver with suspected bends after ascending to fast. Met by Coastguard at Newhaven Marina. Was found to have been on oxygen on the journey back in. Although he was showing no signs of the bends was taken to hospital by a friend as a precaution.


2nd May 08.00 - Small Boat in Difficulties

Member of the public reported a small boat which he believed to be in difficulties near Hope Gap. He thought the occupants were banging on the hull with something like an oar. Newhaven Lifeboat and Newhaven Coastguard initial response team searched the area and found nothing.

28th April 2010 - 8.20 Investigate Canoe

See previous incident, this kayak somehow found its way back into the water and had managed to float to the mouth of Newhaven Harbour where it was spotted by the NCI. It was collected from the water and handed to Newhaven Port Authority. 

27th April 2010 - 18.44  Investigate Canoe

Report of a sea kayak west of Martello Tower Seaford with no one in it. Newhaven Initial Response Team and Newhaven Lifeboat called to investigate. Lifeboat checked out kayak that was badly damaged so it was decided to call out the full team to do a beach search from Seaford Head to Newhaven East Pier. Quizzing people on the beach there was then some debris found on the beach. That and the report from the public of children vandalising the kayak it was decided to stand down the search time as the kayak had been the subject of vandalism.

21st April 2010 - 21.00 Missing Person

Shortly after finishing an evening training session our full team was tasked to assist Shoreham Coastguard with a search for a missing elderly gentleman with Alzheimers. We searched from Brighton Marina to Hove Lagoon. The man was discovered safe and well in another location and all search teams were stood down.

20th April 2010 - 19.38 Man stuck on cliff face

Full cliff team paged and tasked to the cliff face in front of Newhaven Fort to reports of an injured man stuck half way down cliff face. On arrival at West beach it was found Sussex Police and Sussex Ambulance were already in attendance.

Once the position of the casualty had been established we went to Newhaven Fort. The Fort was locked up and we had to use ladders to climb over the Fort moat wall and fence and move all the cliff equipment up.

The cliff man was lowered to casualty to secure and assess him. He was believed to have a broken arm and various cuts and grazes.  Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 104 was then tasked to assist with evacuation of the casualty. 

Casualty was evacuated by helicopter to cliff top for medical treatment. Newhaven Fire Brigade , Sussex Ambulance, Sussex Police and Coastguard Rescue Helicopter 104 were also in attendance.

Excerpt from local newspaper 

The Argus - 21st April 2010 about this incident.

" A man has been rescued from the side of a cliff after falling nearly 60 feet.

It is thought the man, believed to be 20 years old and local, was climbing near Newhaven Fort, in Fort Rise, when he fell at about 8pm tonight.

The Solent coastguard helicopter winched the man from the cliff after the coastguard cliff rescue team had made sure he was secure.

Tony Wheeler, coastguard watch manager, said: “A young male was at the top of the cliff and lost his footing and was clinging on to the netting on the cliff.

“He was hanging on for dear life until they got to him.”

It is thought the man had head and arm injuries although they are not thought to be life threatening.

Crews from Newhaven Fire Station also attended to help in the rescue. "  

( Views expressed by The Argus are the views of the Newspaper and not necessarily the views of Newhaven Coastguard or the MCA )

20th April 2010 - 08.00 World War Two Mine

Returned to world war two mine with Bomb Disposal Team. It was identified as a world war two  buoyant mine. Also  a second one was found close by. Both confirmed as expired. Both mines were approximately 1meter in diameter and would have contained 500lbs of explosives.

19th April 2010 - 08.00 World War Two Mine

Tasked to west of Hope Gap to a report from member of the public of a world war 2 mine. After a search it was located and photographs were sent to the controlling office by mobile phone. It was decided the mine was dead but arrangements were made with the Bomb Disposal Team to come in the morning.

18th April 2010 - 15.55 Injured Paraglider

Tasked to back up Coastguard Helicopter Rescue 104 at Tarring Neville which had been requested by Sussex Ambulance to evacuate injured Para glider. After assessment by the Ambulance Para Medics it was decided the helicopter was not required. Rescue 104 and Newhaven Coastguard were stood down.

13th April 2010 - 14.00 Remote Radio Site

Attend Newhaven Remote Radio Site to monitor radio due to power cut at Solent Coastguard Control Centre.

10th April 2010 - 17.39 Broken Arm

Called to assist Sussex Ambulance for a man with suspected broken shoulder on the beach below Badgers Watch. Stood down on route.

4th April 2010 - 12.50 Man Overboard Marker

Children where found playing with this item ( see picture ) on Tidemills beach. An adult member of the public removed it from them and took it to near the Tidemills railway crossing where he then called the Coastguard. On arrival, before handling it we emailed photographs from mobile phone back to our control centre at Solent. From the photographs they identified it as a MOD Man Overboard marker with built in smoke flare which had expired. Using protective gloves it was removed back to safe storage at the Coastguard station. 

*** WARNING***  

If you find one of these or a similar item, we advise you to not touch it. Call 999 and ask for the coastguard. 

2nd March 2010 - Assist Lifeboat

Advised by Solent Coastguard that Newhaven Lifeboat had been launched to assist a dismasted yacht approx 20 nautical miles off Newhaven. Lifeboat towed boat back to Newhaven when Coastguard assisted with mooring it and taking details.

28th March 2010 - 18.50 Assist Lifeboat

Tasked to Newhaven Marina to assist Newhaven Lifeboat with broken down vessel in tow. Possible electrical fault.

25th March 2010 - 8.50 Car Over Cliff

Called to the beach at Peacehaven for reports of car on beach. Believed to be suspected suicide. Sussex Police, Fire Brigade and ambulance also in attendance.

22nd March 2010 - Package on Beach

Report of possible person / body in water at Saltdean. Upon investigation it was found to  be floating rubbish with trailing bubble wrap.

8th March 2010 - Missing Person

Attended an incident near the site of the old Brighton Motel. Requested by Sussex Police to assist them in searching for a missing person. After meeting at the site of the old Brighton Motel for a briefing with Sussex Police two search teams were dispatched. One to the west to search the undercliff promenade, the other to search to the east on an undercliff search of the rocks to Newhaven - Nothing was found.

7th March 2010 - Missing Person

Called to incident between Newhaven and Peacehaven to search for a missing person. A member of the public contacted Solent Coastguard with concerns for the safety of a man acting in a strange manner close to the cliff edge. The team was dispatched to do a cliff top foot search from the old radar station east to Newhaven NCI lookout and west towards Peacehaven. Sussex Police helicopter assisted with the search. - Nothing was found.

20th February 2010 - Flare reported

Tasked to reported red flare seen out to sea off Newhaven West Pier. Nothing was found.

19th February 2010 - Attempted Suicide

Tasked to Newhaven West Beach for attempted Suicide at base of the cliff. Assisted getting the casualty to the Ambulance. Newhaven Fire Brigade also in attendance.

14th February 2010 - Dog over Cliff

Called to Hope Gap to rescue a dog which was reported to have gone over the cliff. Located dog in water. Newhaven Lifeboat recovered the dogs body. 

7th February 2010 - Potential Suicide

Tasked to potential suicide after reports of a person the wrong side of the fence near Roedean School. Person Taken into custody of Sussex Police.

24th January 2010 - Green Flare

Tasked to Seaford Bay towards Splash Point after receiving reports of a green flare. Nothing found.

22nd January 2010 - Body Recovery

Tasked to Brighton Marina to recover body in water. Working alongside Brighton Lifeboat and Sussex Police Underwater Recovery Team. Recovered body.

18th January 2010 - Assisting Newhaven Lifeboat 

Call to Newhaven Marina to assist Yacht towed in by Newhaven Lifeboat..

13th January 2010 - Attempted Suicide

Tasked to Newhaven Swing Bridge by Sussex Police for attempted suicide. Casualty taken into Sussex Police custody.

8th January 2010 - Person / Body in Water

Reported person / body in water off Seaford. Search by Newhaven Lifeboat, Sussex Police Helicopter and Newhaven Coastguard Initial Response team. Nothing was found.

8th January 2010 - 06.30 - 13.00 Transport

Tasked to Brighton Hospital to provide transport for medical staff all over Sussex due to excessive snow

7th January 2010 - 19.00 - 23.00 Transport

Tasked to Brighton Hospital to provide transport for medical staff all over Sussex due to excessive snow

7th January 2010 - 06.00 - 13.00 Transport

Tasked to Brighton Hospital to provide transport for medical staff all over Sussex due to excessive snow

6th January 2010 - 18.30 - 23.30 Transport

Tasked to Brighton Hospital to provide transport for medical staff all over Sussex due to excessive snow.

3rd January 2010 - 17.12  - Safety Advice

Call to meet Newhaven Lifeboat with vessel in tow with engine failure. Safety advice was given.

1st January 2010 - 20.52  - Red Flare

Called to reported red flare off Seaford - Nothing was found.



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Selected Incident Photographs

11th October 2008

Team tasked to assit paraglider with suspected broken ankle after crash landing. Sussex Police helicopter landed on the rocks to evacuate the casualty to hospital.
 

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