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Shoreham and Newhaven RNLI lifeboats called to search for man overboard

Lifeboats News Release

The two all-weather lifeboats from Shoreham and Newhaven were launched on Friday 15 July after reports of a crewman overboard from a cargo ship in the shipping lanes in the Channel 24 miles off.

Newhaven lifeboat was launched first followed by Shoreham lifeboat at about 8.15pm. They joined the Coastguard helicopter, which was already searching for the man.

They carried out search patterns around the area where the man was last sighted.

After nearly four hours of searching the lifeboats and helicopter were stood down. The man was sadly not found.

This is the third launch this year for Shoreham and Newhaven lifeboats to reports of men overboard from vessels. One was found but unfortunately two were not, despite extensive searches.


Photo: The cargo vessel which the crewman went overboard from.
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