Senior crewmen Paul Rogers and Dave Needham have been deployed to Ipswich and are awaiting tasking to assist with the RNLI flood rescue team following widespread flood alerts
Once again, lifeboat supporter Tina Fennimore opened up her house in Westham Drive Pevensey to the public to raise funds for Eastbourne lifeboats. In addition to the ‘turning on of the lights’ ceremony performed by Father Christmas and Lifeboat Coxswain Mark Sawyer Tina laid on a number of events for friends and family including games for the children and mulled wine for the adults. So far the event has raised £457.53 and Tina is hopeful this figure will increase as more people come to view the lights and pop a donation through the letterbox.
The angling boat with two persons on board had been fishing during the afternoon and decided to return to port when the sun began to set and the temperature started to drop. Unfortunately for them their boat’s batteries had become exhausted during the afternoon and the vessel’s engine refused to start. With no electrical power the anglers were forced to resort to their mobile phones to request assistance. Fortunately for the anglers they managed to pick up a signal and contacted Dover Coastguard via the 999 emergency services. As a result, the volunteer crew of the Eastbourne all-weather lifeboat quickly assembled and were despatched to assist.
When on scene, Deputy Second Coxswain Ian Stringer was transferred to the stricken vessel to make good a towline. When all was secure the casualty vessel was returned to the safety of Sovereign Harbour.
**Reminder** Join the crew on the Waterfront at Sovereign Harbour Sun 8 Dec. to celebrate the festive season with a selection of favourite Carols accompanied by the Salvation Army Band.
The day started routinely enough for the crew when they began to assemble for their usual Sunday morning’s training exercise. The calm was interrupted when the crew pagers were activated by Dover Coastguard to alert them to a report that a small angling vessel was in trouble in Eastbourne Bay. The 17ft angling boat with two persons on board had suffered engine failure and the occupants were unable to cope with their situation. Without a working VHF radio the anglers were forced to telephone Dover Coastguard for assistance. Quickly on scene, Eastbourne’s all-weather lifeboat (ALB) took the casualty vessel under tow and stood off from the beach from whence it departed at Eastbourne Angling Club. The tow was transferred to the inshore lifeboat which took it ashore where it was met by a mobile unit from Dover Coastguard. Safety advice regarding the perils of putting to sea without adequate safety equipment was offered to the anglers.
With the anglers safely ashore the ALB returned to the pre-arranged rendezvous point to await the arrival of Coastguard Rescue helicopter 104. Transfer exercises between the helicopter and the lifeboat ensued.
At 13.52 the ALB was again launched at the request of Dover Coastguard, this time following reports from members of the public that red distress flares had been sighted in the vicinity of Beachy Head. The ALB conducted a thorough search of the area but nothing was found. They were eventually stood down from service at 15.15.
Those crewmembers still awake in the evening attended a dedication service with the Salvation Army at their Citadel where £374.71 was donated to RNLI funds from the outgoing collection.