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Newhaven lifeboat launched to fishing vessel on fire

Lifeboats News Release

Newhaven’s Severn Class lifeboat ‘RNLB David and Elizabeth Acland’ and her volunteer crew were launched at 02:20am on 31st October to a fire on a disused fishing vessel to the north of the lifeboat station

View on vessel on fire from the shore

Pictures courtesy of Newhaven Coastguard

View of vessel on fire from the shore

Police, Fire, Ambulance and Coastguard’s were all tasked to the incident

Due to the low height of tide the lifeboats inflatable ‘Y boat’ was launched and positioned to the north of the vessel on fire.

Firefighters went on board the casualty vessel to tackle the blaze. The ‘Y boat’ stood by in case fire crews needed to be evacuated from the river side.

The fire was brought under control at 03:45am and fully extinguished by 04:37am.

The ‘Y boat’ was recovered on to the main lifeboat which was stood down and then returned to station at 05:48am.

Thankfully no one was injured in this incident

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