Brighton Lifeboat launches to woman in the water
The Random Harvest was tasked at 5.42 pm to a woman in the water east of Brighton Palace Pier.
The lifeboat quickly made way, arriving on scene at 5.48 pm. With a south south-west wind at a force 4, the boat was unable to reach the woman due the low tide, so a volunteer crew member entered the water. The woman was conscious but cold, and a second volunteer crew was sent into the water to further assist the casualty to shore. Crew members handed the casualty into the care of South East Coast Ambulance Service and Sussex Police. Both Shoreham and Newhaven Coastguard assisted on scene.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.