Coastguard called to speedboat crash in Newhaven

Newhaven Coastguards assisted by the Coastguard Helicopter Rescue team rescuing trapped kayakers. Photo by coastguard rescue officer Barry Johnson.
Newhaven Coastguards assisted by the Coastguard Helicopter Rescue team rescuing trapped kayakers. Photo by coastguard rescue officer Barry Johnson.

The Newhaven Coastguard was called to five separate incidents in a matter of hours yesterday (July 11) including a speedboat crash.

Reports were received at around 1.30pm that a speedboat had run ashore 500 metres east of the Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club.

Newhaven Coastguards rescuing crashed speedboat. Photo by coastguard rescue officer Barry Johnson

Newhaven Coastguards rescuing crashed speedboat. Photo by coastguard rescue officer Barry Johnson

On arrival one person was found sitting aboard the boat with another clinging to the side.

Further inspections of the vehicle found a rope had been sucked into the water jet of the boat causing the engine to fail.

The coastguard along with members of the Seaford Lifeguards towed the boat to Newhaven Harbour.

No-one was reported to have been injured in the incident.

In a separate incident the Newhaven Coastguard was also called to assist a group of kayakers who had become trapped on some rocks near the shore.

Due to injuries sustained by the kayakers the Coastguard Helicopter Rescue team were called to lift the casualties to safety.

Seaford Lifeguards and Birling Gap Coastguard were also attendance.

A third incident was reported moments later, after a swimmer was having difficulties near the Martello Tower.

On arrival the casualty was assisted up the beach and checked over by paramedics. No serious injuries were reported.

The team were also called to reports of a possible upturned inflatable dinghy approximately 200 metres from the shore.

It was confirmed to be an inflatable device similar to the type towed behind speedboats however, after a search of the area no boat or persons could be found.

Minutes later crews were responding to another call after reports a woman had fallen and sustained an ankle injury.

After receiving treatment at the scene the woman was taken to hospital for further checks.

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