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Brighton Lifeboat acted fast to save a man’s life

Lifeboats News Release

The quick thinking of the volunteer crew of Brighton lifeboat today (Monday 22nd January) helped save a man’s life after he jumped from Brighton Palace Pier.

The RNLI lifeboat Random Harvest was launched this lunchtime at 1:00pm after Sussex Police requested the lifeboat to be launched after witnessing a man threatening to jump of Brighton Palace Pier.

The lifeboat was soon on-scene and immediately spotted the casualty the wrong side of the railings. The lifeboat witnessed the man jump from the far end of Brighton Pier and were able to quickly position the lifeboat to allow the crew to have a visual of the casualty.

A volunteer crew member entered the water to help assisted the casualty on to the lifeboat where he was then taken back to Brighton Marina for medical assistance from South East Coast Ambulance.

Shoreham lifeboat were also tasked to this call out to aid Brighton lifeboat.

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

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