Queen thanks Newhaven Lifeboat crew for attempt to find Newhaven teenager swept out to sea

The Queen meets Newhaven Lifeboat coxswain Paul Legendre with Coastguard Station Officer Trevor Cutler alongside him.
The Queen meets Newhaven Lifeboat coxswain Paul Legendre with Coastguard Station Officer Trevor Cutler alongside him.

The Queen thanked Newhaven Lifeboat’s volunteer crew for their efforts in the search for missing teenager Dylan Alkins who was swept out to sea.

Lifeboat coxswain Paul Legendre met The Queen during her visit to West Quay Fisheries in Newhaven on Thursday October 31.

She told him she had seen the televison footage from the rescue attempt on Sunday October 27.

After the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh left, residents lined the West Quay cheering Newhaven Lifeboat’s crew.

Paul said: “It was an incredibly proud moment to meet the Queen.

“Her Majesty said that she has seen the TV footage of our search the previous Sunday and she clearly has great admiration for all the emergency services.

“She asked me to thank all the crew for their efforts.

“I was honoured to represent the RNLI, our amazing crew of volunteers and the people of Newhaven who give us so much support.

“After the royal visitors left, the crowds lined the quay side clapping and cheering the Newhaven lifeboat crew, which made us all feel incredibly proud. Thank you to the people of Newhaven.”

Dylan Alkins, aged 14, was swept out sea when he was swimming with friends at West Beach in Newhaven.

His disappearance was one of four deaths linked with the St Jude Storm which drew national attention to the town.

The Coastguard, Newhaven Lifeboat and Sussex Police mounted a six hour to search to find the Tideway School pupil, but with no success.

At West Quay Fisheries The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh met local fisherman, boat builders and the emergency services.