Boat runs aground at Seaford

Boat runs aground at Seaford

Boat runs aground at Seaford

First published in News

Three people had to be rescued after their boat ran aground with no safety equipment on board.
 

The Newhaven Coastguard was called out to Seaford beach on Saturday night where the small boat was resting on the shingle.
 

It had gone aground earlier in the day and the three people had attempted to re-float but they were unsuccessful.
 

The trio tried again at high tide but the boat would not move and the they called the coastguard for help at around 9.15pm.
 

After checking the scene, coastguards called out the Newhaven RNLI lifeboat for help.
 

A tow line was successfully passed from the lifeboat to the coastguards on the beach and after securing it to the vessel, the crew were able to tow it safely back into deep water.
 

The vessel was returned to a temporary berth in Newhaven Marina.
 

In a message posted on Facebook, the coastguard said safety advice was given to the three people on board the boat because they did it not have lifejackets,  flares or a a VHF radio with them.

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1:33pm Sun 2 Mar 14

Valerie Paynter says...

There needs to be laws for using the sea as there are for (some) users of roads. A minimum safety standard that means you can't put to sea without safety equipment. How much did it cost the RNLI to rescue them? Hope those rescued feel obliged to make an appropriate donation.

The RNLI gets no government support. Totally voluntary charity existing on donations. Heroes.
There needs to be laws for using the sea as there are for (some) users of roads. A minimum safety standard that means you can't put to sea without safety equipment. How much did it cost the RNLI to rescue them? Hope those rescued feel obliged to make an appropriate donation. The RNLI gets no government support. Totally voluntary charity existing on donations. Heroes. Valerie Paynter
  • Score: 4

1:39pm Sun 2 Mar 14

Old Ladys Gin says...

In Spain you need qualifications to take any boat to sea however small.
The seas are patrolled by the police who have more than a hundred craft at their disposal.
The rules as regards drinking and sailing are the same as drinking and driving.
I feel much more safe out on a boat in a boat off the coast of that country than I ever would in the UK.
In Spain you need qualifications to take any boat to sea however small. The seas are patrolled by the police who have more than a hundred craft at their disposal. The rules as regards drinking and sailing are the same as drinking and driving. I feel much more safe out on a boat in a boat off the coast of that country than I ever would in the UK. Old Ladys Gin
  • Score: -2

2:51pm Sun 2 Mar 14

nosolution says...

We are an island of seafarers who have to follow maritime law as well as the rules of the (sea) road.If someone is stupid enough to put to sea without the right safety gear that's their problem and noone else is and although I agree the RNLI do a splendid job they don't have to 'save' anyone.In this case by the time they were called no life was in danger and simply re-launched a boat . The sea is the sea is the last free place on earth and those of us who value it as such don't agree with elf and softy regs. spoiling it...
We are an island of seafarers who have to follow maritime law as well as the rules of the (sea) road.If someone is stupid enough to put to sea without the right safety gear that's their problem and noone else is and although I agree the RNLI do a splendid job they don't have to 'save' anyone.In this case by the time they were called no life was in danger and simply re-launched a boat . The sea is the sea is the last free place on earth and those of us who value it as such don't agree with elf and softy regs. spoiling it... nosolution
  • Score: -2

6:24pm Sun 2 Mar 14

voiceofthescoombe says...

Sorry its the english channel one of the busiest seaways on the planet.
Plus are coasts are busy.
Getting yourself and or others killed by your own stupidity is not only selfish it puts others at risk.
Think before you act or eventually the goverment will do it for you.
Sorry its the english channel one of the busiest seaways on the planet. Plus are coasts are busy. Getting yourself and or others killed by your own stupidity is not only selfish it puts others at risk. Think before you act or eventually the goverment will do it for you. voiceofthescoombe
  • Score: 1

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