Newhaven RNLI launched after motor cruiser suffers engine fire

Lifeboats News Release

Newhaven Lifeboat and her volunteer crew launched at 7.02pm on Monday 7 August to assist a 41ft motor cruiser with two people and a dog on board. The vessel had suffered an engine fire.

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Newhaven RNLI launched after 41ft motor cruiser suffers engine fire
When HM Coastguard requested the launch of Newhaven RNLI, the casualties believed the fire to be extinguished, however, possibility of reignition was not ruled out.

Conditions were good, clear sunny evening sky, with calm sea and a small on shore breeze.

When Newhaven’s Severn class lifeboat David and Elizabeth Acland arrived on scene the casualty vessel confirmed there had been no more signs of fire or smoke.

A Newhaven Lifeboat crew member was transferred across to the casualty vessel and a tow was established.

Lewis Arnold, Coxswain says: ‘Fortunately the vessel’s owner was able to put out the fire with on board extinguishers. It is a good reminder to all sailors -’

‘Please ensure you have a suitable fire extinguisher on board that is regularly serviced, as well as a means of calling for assistance. Fires on board can escalate rapidly, you must have a plan should urgent evacuation ever be necessary.’

The 41ft motor cruiser, which was located just west of the meridian line, was towed to Newhaven Marina due to there being no available berth in Brighton. Coastguard Rescue Team and East Sussex Fire and Rescue were waiting Newhaven to ensure all was safe.

'If you find yourself in an emergency situation or spot someone else in trouble on the water, call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard.'

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Newhaven RNLI crew transfers to the vessel and establishes a tow

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The 41ft motor cruiser is towed to Newhaven Marina and met by CRT and Fire Service

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"Fires onboard can escalate rapidly, you should have a plan should urgent evacuation be necessary."

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