VOLUNTEERS from Newhaven’s RNLI lifeboat station launched yesterday (Thursday) afternoon to a small pleasure boat in difficulties in shallow water near Seven Sisters National Park.
The Severn Class lifeboat ‘RNLB David and Elizabeth Acland’ left the harbour at 5pm after reports the 16ft boat had suffered engine failure.
Three people on board had freed the boat from the rocks and were becoming tired as they using paddles in the increasing surf to get into deeper waters.
A towline was quickly passed to them and they were transferred to the lifeboat while a RNLI crew member boarded their boat.
No-one was injured and the boat was towed to Newhaven Marina.
James Day, a spokesperson for Newhaven RNLI, said: “Unfortunately this is another incident where a VHF radio has not been available on the vessel in distress.
“Mobile phones are not a reliable form of communication at sea and should not be solely relied upon.”