Oct 28


Byline: Newhaven lifeboat conducted a search for almost six hours after a boy was washed into the sea during a severe storm.
Page Content: The casualty was pulled into the waves west of the main breakwater at approximately 4:20 pm on 27 October. The lifeboat was assisted by local Coastguard teams on the beaches and Coastguard helicopter Rescue 104.

Newhaven lifeboat battled large waves and a huge backwash from the West Arm in what were extremely tough conditions. Despite a long and comprehensive search, unfortunately the teenager has not been found.

Newhaven Lifeboat Press Officer Alan Novis explained ‘our crew battled some very challenging conditions, doing everything possible with our coastguard colleagues on the beaches and in the air to try locate the missing boy. One crew member suffered bruising during the search and the lifeboat sustained some slight damage by the exceptionally large waves.’

‘This is a very distressing incident; our thoughts are with the family at this incredibly difficult time.’

A decision will be made in the morning by Coastguards as to whether the search will be resumed.

Notes to editors

To follow Newhaven lifeboat services visit www.newhavenlifeboat.co.uk, Facebook, Twitter & You Tube for the latest pictures and video.

Newhaven has celebrated over 210 years as a lifeboat station, also being the oldest RNLI station in the UK. Newhaven operates an all-weather Seven Class lifeboat ‘RNLB David and Elizabeth Acland’

RNLI media contacts

• Alan Novis, Newhaven RNLI Station Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer 07916 272861, alan@prestigepromotionalproducts.co.uk
• Paul Legendre Newhaven RNLI Station Coxswain 01273 514143, Newhaven@rnli.org.uk
• Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East) 0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / tim_ash@rnli.org.uk
• Philly Byrde, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East) 0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 / philly_byrde@rnli.org.uk
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

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