Lifeboat launched to rescue fishing boat near Seaford Head

Newhaven lifeboat launch SUS-150405-095856001
Newhaven lifeboat launch SUS-150405-095856001

Newhaven’s Severn Class lifeboat was launched on Friday, May 1 to a 16ft fishing vessel with a fouled propeller near Seaford Head.

Commercial vessel Coast Runner had spotted the fishing boat drifting close to shore at Seaford Head with the skipper frantically waving to get assistance.

The skipper of Coast Runner, who is the Newhaven Coastguard Station Officer, gave immediate assistance by attaching a line and towing the disabled vessel into deeper water and requested the lifeboat to be launched.

Newhaven’s Severn Class lifeboat, the ‘RNLB David and Elizabeth Acland’, and volunteer crew proceeded to the position south of Seaford and was quickly on scene. A tow was established and the disabled fishing boat was then safely towed into Newhaven harbour.

Newhaven lifeboat then returned to station at 10:28 and was again ready for service shortly afterwards.