Newhaven Lifeboat launched to drifting motorboat

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Volunteers from Newhaven’s RNLI Lifeboat Station were launched on Sunday June 9 to a small motorboat drifting within the entrance to the harbour.

Volunteers from the National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) contacted HM Coastguard at 3.40pm about the 15ft motor vessel.

The vessel had been pushed up against the inside of the harbour arm and was being buffeted against the wall.

Newhaven’s Severn Class Lifeboat David and Elizabeth Acland launched.

The two people on board had secured the boat as best they could to an old ladder fixed to the wall but with no power and a strong tide couldn’t make way their to calmer waters.

A tow was quickly established and the lifeboat brought the vessel into the marina and to Newhaven Coastguard.

Just as the lifeboat was passing the vessel to Newhaven Coastguard information was received that a kayaker who had fallen into the water close to the Martello Tower in Seaford.

Fortunately a local dive boat, Top Notch, offered their assistance in helping the kayaker to shore meaning the lifeboat could be returned to station.

RNLI Crew member James Day said: “It has been a busy weekend for Newhaven Lifeboat with three launches over four days and the Newhaven Fish Festival where we were open to the public.

“It is always reassuring that the NCI are there to keep a watchful eye over the local coastline and that seafarers are always happy to help each other when in need.”