Brighton Lifeboat launched to help save a man's life

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of Brighton Lifeboat were tasked this evening at 5:40pm to reports of a man who had jumped from Brighton Palace Pier and was unable to swim back to the beach.

With crew already on station due to it being a training evening, the lifeboat quickly made their way to the last known position of the casualty. Brighton and Hove City Council Lifeguards were already on-scene and had the casualty male holding onto their lifeguard rescue boards waiting for assistance from the lifeboat.

The lifeguards managed to swim the casualty over to the lifeboat where he was brought onto the boat and given first aid by the crew. Following his jump from the pier the gentleman clung onto the stanchions to help him stay afloat, which resulted in him obtaining some cuts on his arms, legs and chest.

Brighton lifeboat made their way back to Brighton Marina where the casualty was handed over to South East Coast Ambulance Service.

Helmsman Daniel Gurr said ‘the quick thinking of the two lifeguards and the quick launch of Brighton lifeboat saved this man’s life, without the combined actions of the cities lifeguards and volunteer crew this could have had a very different outcome.’

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