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Alan Novis Newhaven RNLI Station Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
Lifeboats News Release
Volunteers from Newhaven’s RNLI lifeboat station were launched at 0853hrs after an Emergency Liferaft was sighted by Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) staff adrift 2 miles off Birling Gap.
Newhaven’s Severn Class lifeboat ‘RNLB David and Elizabeth Acland’ made their way at best speed to the raft. This type of raft is used commonly on commercial vessels and provides shelter for multiple casualties who have abandoned their vessel. It was unknown if there was anyone on board the raft or why they were there.Having arrived on scene it was quickly established that no one was in the raft. The top canopy had been cut away from the sides and it was in a poor state of repair. Due to the condition of the raft and that, after making enquiries, there were no missing vessels in the area it was agreed it was a training raft. It was taken aboard the lifeboat so that it didn’t drift into the shipping lanes and brought back to Newhaven RNLI Lifeboat Station.The lifeboat was then ready for service at 0940hrs.
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