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Newhaven lifeboat launched after unmanned canoe found drifting

Lifeboats News Release

Newhaven’s Severn Class lifeboat ‘RNLB David and Elizabeth Acland’ and her volunteer crew were launched at 3:05pm on Sunday 5th November after a canoe was found upturned with no one aboard.

The upturned canoe was spotted 220 metres south of Brighton Marina by a passing yacht who raised the alarm.

Newhaven lifeboat transferred the old canoe on to the lifeboat. Although it was thought that the canoe had not been used for some time, searches commenced initially half a mile and then one mile from the shoreline in the area where it was recovered.

With good visibility nothing was found and the lifeboat was stood down at 4:30pm and returned station.

Deputy Second Coxswain Lee Blacknell commented “The yacht made the right decision calling this in. If in doubt always contact the Coastguard as we would rather launch and complete a search to ensure that no one is in distress”

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