Lifeboat called hoax report at Seaford

Birling Gap Safety Boat Open Day. April 9th 2012 E15145N'The Newhaven Lifeboat returns to base after exercise with Coastguard helicopter is called off.
Birling Gap Safety Boat Open Day. April 9th 2012 E15145N'The Newhaven Lifeboat returns to base after exercise with Coastguard helicopter is called off.
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Newhaven Lifeboat volunteers said a hoax call to a person in the water off Seaford Head was a waste of time that could have put lives at risk.

Volunteers launched on Wednesday January 9 at 9.20pm to a report of a person in the water off Splash Point.

Due to the potentially life threatening nature of the incident, Newhaven’s Severn

Class lifeboat ‘RNLB David and Elizabeth Acland’ immediately left the harbour and

made best speed across Seaford Bay.

The crew made ready all necessary first aid equipment and readied the daughter Y boat for possible launch.

They were about to launch illumination flares when HM Coastguard, on information from Sussex Police, confirmed the hoax call.

The lifeboat returned to station and was ready for service again at 10.30pm.

One of the volunteer crew, James Day said: “We take all calls very seriously and due

to the sea temperature at this time of year our swift arrival on scene was critical.

“In this case it was a hoax call, which not only wastes the time of all emergency services

involved but more importantly can also put lives at risk.”