Newhaven Lifeboat launched in middle of the night

Newhaven lifeboat was launched at 1.35am. SUS-150707-164704001
Newhaven lifeboat was launched at 1.35am. SUS-150707-164704001

Newhaven Lifeboat was tasked to a rescue in the very early hours of Tuesday mornng (July 7).

The Severn Class lifeboat and volunteer crew received a call at 1.35am to reports of a 44ft yacht with a fouled propeller.

The UK yacht, with one person on board, had got its propellor fouled with a fishing marker buoy approximately six miles south west of Newhaven harbour.

The lifeboat arrived on the scene at 2.15am and stood alongside the yacht to confirm it was drifting and no longer attached to the fishing nets on the sea bed.

Checking the yacht is free of the nets is really important as if the lifeboat was to put load on fouled propeller with nets still attached, then this could result in unnecessary damage or, at worst, water ingress.

A tow was then established at 02:25am and the disabled yacht was then safely taken into Newhaven Marina and secured alongside. The lifeboat then returned to station and was ready for service at 04:21am.

Coxswain Paul Legendre said: “This was a very experienced skipper who made exactly the right call getting our assistance straight away as weather conditions were due to deteriorate in a few hours.”

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