Brighton RNLI volunteers launched after collision between two jet skis

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew members of Brighton RNLI Lifeboat Station launched today after two men on jet skis collided with each other.

The station was requested to launch by local coastguards at 1.58pm and the crew - Conrad Levy, Tony Parsons, Joe Sampson, and Nick Clamp – responded to their pagers immediately. They launched the inshore lifeboat, Random Harvest, at 2.02pm and were on scene just minutes later.

Two men had been using jet skis approximately 150 metres offshore, 50 metres west of the breakwater of Brighton Marina, when they were involved in a collision.

The lifeboat crew arrived to find the two men, aged approximately in their 20s, had made their way onto the beach. Three volunteer crew members went ashore and helped a crew from South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAMBS) as well a coastguard rescue team give first aid to one of the men.

Roger Cohen, Lifeboat Operations Manager, said: ‘We arrived to find one man injured with, the ambulance crew said, a fractured leg. My crew helped give first aid and transfer him in a basket stretcher from the beach to the pavement.

‘Once he was safely in the hands of the ambulance crew we did a visual inspection of the jet skis - the damage suggests this was a near head-on collision.

‘This incident just goes to show that accidents can and do happen. The RNLI encourages anyone who uses the water to take the necessary precautions; wear a lifejacket, take a means of calling for help, make sure your equipment is fit for purpose, and remember that alcohol and water don’t mix.’

These safety messages, and more, are all part of the RNLI’s Respect the Water campaign to reduce the number of preventable drownings around the coast.

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• While heading back to the lifeboat station Brighton RNLI were tasked almost immediately to investigate reports of a sinking powerboat off Shoreham Power Station. The crew arrived but found nothing and were stood down at 3.30pm and returned to the lifeboat station at Brighton Marina.

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