Life saved by Brighton lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

Last night (Monday 25th May 2020) a women’s life was saved due to the brilliant teamwork of Brighton lifeboat, Brighton Beach Patrol and Shoreham Coastguard.

Kris James Photography

The volunteer crew of Brighton lifeboat were paged at 9.20pm following a report from Brighton Beach Patrol, that a woman full clothed was in the water just off Hove Lawns and looked to be in difficulty.

With a quick launch, Brighton lifeboat proceeded to the Hove Lawns and with the help from the Shoreham Coastguard Team and Brighton Beach Patrol our crew were able to spot the women who was very disorientated at the time and bring her onto the lifeboat.

Once on the lifeboat the casualty took a turn for the worse and fell unconscious, but was still breathing, full first aid was carried by our volunteers. She regained partial consciousness at the Boathouse

The casualty was handed over to South East Coast Ambulance Service and take to the Royal Sussex County Hospital for further medical help.

Roger Cohen volunteer Operations Manager said “This lady is extremely lucky to be alive today. The initial spot from Brighton beach patrol and then the quick response by our volunteer crew ensured the women was found quickly and brought safely onto the lifeboat. If you visit the coast we ask you to please respect the water, and if you see someone in trouble or get into difficulty yourself to call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”

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