Author: Alan Novis, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
Volunteers from Newhaven’s RNLI lifeboat station were called out to two vessels, which both suffered engine problems on two different days.
The first incident was on Sunday 29 January when the volunteer lifeboat crew were tasked at 12.45pm to an 18ft RIB (rigid inflatable boat) with two persons on board, which had suffered mechanical failure two miles south west of Newhaven.
The second incident was on Tuesday 31 January when the crew were tasked at 1.55pm to a 25ft Arvor pleasure craft with three persons on board, which had broken down two miles south of Seaford Head.
In both cases Newhaven’s Severn-class lifeboat David and Elizabeth Acland established a tow and the casualty vessels were safely bought into Newhaven harbour and berthed in the marina.