Newhaven RNLI responds to vessel engine fire alert

Volunteers from Newhaven’s RNLI lifeboat station were alerted to an engine fire on Sunday, April 15.

The alarm was raised at 3.25pm from an 18.5ft motor cruiser, which was thought to have an engine fire.

Newhaven’s all-weather Severn Class lifeboat ‘RNLB David and Elizabeth Acland proceeded at speed to the casualty which was approximately 1.5 miles south east of Newhaven arriving on scene at 15:45.

It was quickly established that there was no fire, but there had been a serious mechanical failure.

The two people on board the casualty boat were transferred to the lifeboat and a crew member was put on board their vessel.

A tow was established with the casualty and once in the harbour the inflatable “Y boat” was launched.

The “Y boat then towed the casualty to a slipway at Denton Island in Newhaven.

The Y boat was then recovered and the lifeboat then returned to station at 5.05pm.

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