August 10th, 2022.

Newhaven Lifeboat and her volunteer crew launched at 7.02pm on Monday the 7th of August to assist a 41ft motor cruiser with two people and a dog on board. The vessel had suffered an 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; a 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 to the casualty vessel, and a tow established.

Lewis Arnold, Coxswain explained: "Fortunately, the vessel's owner was able to put out the fire with onboard 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, located just west of the meridian line, was towed to Newhaven Marina due to no available berth in Brighton. Coastguard Rescue Team and East Sussex Fire and Rescue were waiting for Newhaven to ensure all was safe.

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