Newhaven RNLI crew in BBC documentary

The dramatic rescue of two paragliders by the RNLI is set to be featured in a BBC documentary.

It happened on Christmas Eve in Newhaven when one of the paragliders slipped off a ledge into the water.

They were rescued by the Newhaven Lifeboat crew – and the operation features in the documentary Saving Lives at Sea, now in its seventh series.

Lewis Arnold, who appears in the episode, said: “I had just cleaned up the station, had the dog on a leash and was about to go home to wrap some presents when the pager went off, so Plan B went into action .

“When we arrived both paragliders were on a ledge, the tide was coming in and there was no phone signal. One of them jumped in and swam towards us, but the second, unable to swim, was thrown off the edge by a wave.”

The Argus: Lewis Arnold, a member of the crew, will be featured in the documentary. Image Credit: BBC/Blast! Movies/Olly RoseLewis Arnold, a member of the crew, will appear in the documentary. Image Credit: BBC/Blast! Movies/Olly Rose

“I don’t think they realized how bad it was, especially since one of them couldn’t swim. Luckily we were able to bring them home to their families for Christmas.”

At the time, Argus reported on the incident and related how the drama unfolded around noon on Christmas Eve.

Police and paramedics were also called to the scene and the paraglider was taken from Newhaven Harbor in an ambulance.

Witnesses describe how the paraglider visibly trembled on the way to the ambulance.

Newhaven RNLI has already been featured on TV. A previous episode focused on the search at sea following the sinking of the Joanna C when two fishermen lost their lives.

Robert Morley and Adam Harper died after their ship sank in November 2020.

In 2021, the RNLI helped nearly 13,000 people and saved around 300 lives. The Newhaven RNLI alone saved two lives and helped 72 people in 46 starts.

Mr. Arnold, who is also a mechanic for the RNLI, added: “Our lifesaving work would not be possible without donations from the public and we are delighted to provide an insight into the rescues they are supporting with their kind generosity.”

Newhaven RNLI is featured on Saving Lives at Sea on Thursday 25th August. Newhaven RNLI crew in BBC documentary

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