Warning after Newhaven Lifeboat called to jet ski in trouble

Splash Point, Seaford.
Splash Point, Seaford.

The coastguard has issued a warning for people to check their watercrafts are suitable to cope in rough weather after lifeboat crews were called to a broken down jet ski and reports of four people in the water.

Lifeboat and coastguard crews were called to Splash Point in Seaford on Tuesday (April 28) at 5.10pm.

Newhaven Severn Class lifeboat RNLB David and Elizabeth Acland and its crew attended the scene.

A spokesman for the lifeboat said: “With the choppy conditions there were real concerns for the safety of all involved.

“Three crew were readied with dry suits and the inflatable Y boat was prepared for launch.

“Once on scene it was established that the jetskier and his craft were safely ashore and no one else was in the water. The decision was made by HM Coastguards that due to the choppy conditions the jet ski would be extracted from the beach. Newhaven lifeboat stood by until additional HM Coastguard resources were on scene.”

A spokesman for the Coastguard continued: “Due to the sea conditions and that it was established no one was in imminent danger, it was assessed as unsafe to launch their (lifeboat) inflatable Y boat.

“Once members of the Coastguard team arrived a plan was formulated using various equipment supplied by the casualty and their friends. Ladders were used to make a temporary slipway and a small motorised winch fixed to a 4 x 4 was used to drag the jet ski up the shingle, as far as the promenade. The winch was not powerful enough to drag the ski up the ladders so the main line was fixed directly to the 4 x 4. Once everyone was at a safe distance the craft was slowly towed up the ladders to the promenade with members of the Coastguard team steadying the jet ski with ropes from a safe distance. The jet ski was safely hauled onto the promenade where they were able to put it on a trailer. Safety advice was given. Always consider your craft’s capabilities particularly in rougher weather.”