Newhaven Lifeboat crew at the ready 24 hours a day, seven days a week

Newhaven Lifeboat
Newhaven Lifeboat

Newhaven Lifeboat volunteers were called out four times in four days last week.

Crew were tasked to a person who went over cliffs at Birling Gap on Wednesday August 13 and at 1am on Thursday August 14 they were paged by Solent Coastguards after a woman was spotted in the River Ouse near Newhaven Swing Bridge.

The lifeboat was ready with two crew members in dry suits when the woman was reported safely out of the water, so the crew were stood down.

Then the volunteers were tasked to recover a body from the base of the cliffs at Belle Tout on Friday August 15 at 11.30am.

The deceased person was passed into the care of HM Coastguards at 2pm.

And on Saturday August 16 the lifeboat was launched at 2.55pm to a 28ft motor cruiser with engine problems.

The vessel was quickly located and a tow was established. The boat was then safely towed into Newhaven Harbour.

Newhaven lifeboat coxswain Paul Legendre said: “The station has had a busy few days. But our volunteer crew are prepared and ready to respond to any emergencies 24 hours a day 7 days a week during this important holiday period.”