July threatens to be a busy period for Eastbourne Lifeboats with three calls for help on the first day of the month
The all weather lifeboat Diamond Jubilee (ALB) was paged earlier in the day to conduct a comprehensive shoreline search in the Beachy Head area for a person thought to have jumped from the cliffs the previous evening. Nothing was found in the designated search area and the ALB returned to station some time later. (Later unconfirmed reports indicate that a body was recovered by our flank station at Newhaven in the Cuckmere Haven area).
At approximately 1.30pm the ALB was again requested to launch, this time to a small motor vessel with two people on board which had become entrapped in fishing gear in the Holywell area of Eastbourne approximately one mile offshore. Whilst the volunteer crew were assembling, a second call for help was received by Dover Coastguard this time to an 8 metre angling boat close inshore in Pevensey Bay with engine failure. With the higher priority placed on the Pevensey Bay incident the ALB was diverted to assist. The angling boat was collected and towed to safety in Sovereign Harbour. The ALB then returned to sea to help the original casualty at Holywell with two people on board. It was freed from its entrapment and returned to Sovereign Harbour.