Swimmer search for Newhaven Lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

Newhaven Lifeboat, ‘David and Elizabeth Acland’ and her volunteer crew, were launched on service by HM Coastguard in a multi-agency search for a missing casualty swimmer in Seaford Bay on Tuesday 31 August, continuing the search on Wednesday 1 September.

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Newhaven Lifeboat search for missing swimmer in Seaford Bay
RNLI Newhaven were tasked at 3.30pm on 31 August and were joined by RNLI Eastbourne, search and rescue helicopter 175, HM Coastguard coast rescue teams from Newhaven, Birling Gap and Eastbourne, as well as Sussex Police.

The search was initiated after clothes belongings were found on the beach at Tidemills.

Coxswain, Lewis Arnold, says ‘The weather on scene for searching was good. We had good visibility and a smooth, slight sea.’

In force three to four north north east wind, Newhaven Lifeboat made an extensive search of the area for eight hours. They returned to the boathouse at 11.30pm when all assets were stood down overnight.

Newhaven Lifeboat was launched again at 5.52am on Wednesday 1 September to resume their search for the missing swimmer.

Newhaven’s Severn class lifeboat David and Elizabeth Acland covered a large area between Newhaven and Brighton. Nothing was found.

The Lifeboat was stood down by HM Coastguard at 11.30am on Wednesday 1 September.

Lewis Arnold, says ‘We would always rather launch to a possible casualty than potentially arrive too late. If you see anyone in difficulty in the water, call 999 immediately and ask for the coastguard.’

‘If you get into difficulty in the water, try to stay calm and think float to live.’

RNLI media contacts:
For more information please telephone Roz Ashton, RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07900 887423 or Rosalind_Ashton@rnli.org.uk or Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer on 07785 296252Paul_Dunt@rnli.org.uk or contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789.

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Newhaven Lifeboat launched on service to search for missing swimmer off Tidemills


Newhaven Lifeboat intense search patterns

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Newhaven Lifeboat searching for missing swimmer

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RNLI Newhaven washing down Lifeboat after being stood down overnight from search

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