A warning has been issued to shipping to watch out for a hot tub adrift in the English Channel following the sinking of a houseboat seven miles off Newhaven Harbour

Newhaven Lifeboat RNLB Daniel L Gibson was launched to assist a tug towing two houseboats in trouble in the Channel. Upon arrival at 5.12pm yesterday, the volunteer crew realised that little could be done for one of the 22m houseboats, which sunk 20 minutes later.

Lifeboat and tug crew managed to collect some of the debris left floating, marked the area with a  buoy and informed Dover Coastguard of the location of the wreck and debris field, including a hot tub adrift.

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The RNLI said in a statement: “The house boat that sunk had a hot tub installed that came loose during the sinking. The hot tub was too large to recover on to the lifeboat. It is currently adrift in the English Channel. It’s last known position was passed to Dover Coastguard.”

Hot tub adrift in English Channel

Hot tub adrift in English Channel