RNLI Brighton help stricken vessel in need of rescue

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew at RNLI Brighton rescued a struggling angling vessel on Monday (April 25).

An RNLI lifeboat carrying out the vessel rescue

RNLI

Random Harvest lifeboat rescues vessel

The vessel had a flat battery meaning not only had the engine cut out but there was no radio and no lights meaning there was a high chance of collision.

The two passengers on board managed to ring the coastguard on their mobile phones and Brighton’s lifeboat crew received their call out at 20.37pm.

The boat was located 1.5miles south of Brighton Marina and towed back to the Marina by Brighton's in-shore lifeboat Random Harvest. The two people on board were safe and well.

This is the sixth call out for Brighton in 11 days following two busy weekends for the crew.

Lifeboat operations manager Roger Cohen said: '“It’s fortunate that the situation didn’t deteriorate in this instance. A vessel with no lights is in a dangerous situation due to the chances of them not being seen by others.

“The crew did a great job as always, particularly in this instance spotting the vessel in the fading light.

“It is vital that anyone going to sea ensures their boats are fit for purpose and that any passengers on board have alternative means to ask for assistance such as a VHF radio as well as a mobile phone.”


Notes to editors

For more information please contact volunteer lifeboat press officer Hatti Mellor on 07724 801305, [email protected] or the regional media officer Paul Dunt on 07785 296252 [email protected]

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.

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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.

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