Newhaven Lifeboats rescue two trawlers in two days

Lifeboat crews at Newhaven RNLI rescued two stricken vessels in two days earlier this week.

Saturday, 21st January 2017, 5:13 pm
Updated Saturday, 21st January 2017, 5:17 pm

Newhaven’s Severn Class lifeboat ‘RNLB David and Elizabeth Acland and her volunteer crew were launched on Tuesday, January 17 at 1.45am to a trawler which had suffered a fouled propeller, six nautical miles south of Beachy Head.

The Newhaven lifeboat arrived with the ten-metre trawler at 2.22am, and there were two people on board.

The casualty vessel was safely towed into Newhaven Harbour at 4.30am and the two trawler crew were unharmed on a cold, calm evening.

The Newhaven crew were then launched again on Wednesday, January 18 at 11.28pm to a trawler which had suffered a mechanical failure, 1.5 nautical miles south of Newhaven.

Newhaven lifeboat arrived with the 14-metre trawler at 11.38pm, which had two people on board.

Shortly afterwards a tow line was secured to the casualty vessel and the tow got underway, with the vessel safely docked at Newhaven harbour at 0.25am.

Newhaven lifeboat coxswain Paul Legendre said: “It’s very unusual to attend two casualty trawlers within a couple of days.

“Our volunteer crew did a great job assisting the vessels in the middle of the night.”

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