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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.

For more information on the Respect the Water campaign visit

• 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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- Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East) on 0207 6207426, 07785 296252
- Sophie Coller-Nielsen Press Officer (London/East/South East), 0207 6207416, 07824 416615 email
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Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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