Brighton Lifeboat called out four times during Brighton & Hove Pride weekend

The RNLI had a busy night (Photograph: RNLI/Tim Ash)
The RNLI had a busy night (Photograph: RNLI/Tim Ash)

Pride this year proved busy for the volunteer crew of Brighton Lifeboat, with the lifeboat being called four times across Saturday evening as well as encouraging party-goers to stay safe by staying out of the sea around high tide.

The crew’s first call out at 5.50pm followed concerns for a man by the donut groyne along Brighton seafront.

Following assistance from the police, the Brighton lifeboat was beached and medical care was given by the crew until South East Coast Ambulance Service arrived.

The second call was at 9:05pm to a missing swimmer by the West Pier. However, upon launching it was established the missing swimmer was safely on-shore and the lifeboat was stood down.

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Callout three was at 9:25pm to a broken-down yacht just south of Brighton Marina. The lifeboat was able to secure a tow-line and tow the vessel back to Brighton Marina.

The final call was at 10:25pm to a missing person last seen near the water’s edge by the donut groyne.

A search was carried out until 10:45pm when the police confirmed the woman was found safe and well on-shore.

Due to high tide being at 2am Brighton Lifeboat launched to patrol Brighton’s shoreline along with Brighton Beach Patrol and Shoreham Coastguard to ensure party-goers stayed out of the sea while enjoying their Pride weekend. The lifeboat was out at sea from 1am until 2.30am.

Roger Cohen, station manager of Brighton Lifeboat said: "Saturday night was a busy a evening for our volunteer crew which saw four of our crew stay on station throughout the night to ensure the lifeboat was ready a moments notice to help anyone in need."

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