For those who have never heard of it the rules are simple, they stand still and have ice cold water poured over them for charity. Naturally our crew accepted the challenge and nominated our flank station at Hastings lifeboats and the Coastguard teams at Birling Gap and Eastbourne to take up the challenge
Both Eastbourne lifeboats, along with the RNLI capsize training craft; all manned by the volunteer crew were afloat for the duration of Eastbourne Airbourne weekend providing both safety cover and general assistance. They also took part in a demonstration with the RAF Sea King helicopter 125 where some of our volunteers were plucked from the sea. As usual, in addition to these duties, the lifeboats were called upon to assist with a total of seven emergencies involving various incidents whilst the general public were blissfully enjoying the display.
The rescues, if rescues at sea can be described thus, were routine for the crew which included engine failures, various mechanical failures, stuck anchors and a search for a missing person.
The Rotary Club of Sovereign Harbour have raised £700 at their recent ‘Fun Evening’ held at Pablo’s Restaurant.
The Rotary Club of Sovereign Harbour recently held a ‘Fun Evening’ at Pablo’s restaurant on the Waterfront at Sovereign Harbour for members and their guests and the sum of £700 was raised in aid of Eastbourne RNLI Lifeboats. Anne Hardy, the outgoing President of Sovereign Harbour Rotary, presented the cheque to Lifeboat Operations Manager Paul Metcalfe alongside Eastbourne’s all-weather lifeboat Diamond Jubilee during the Waterfront Pirates weekend.
Photo shows President Anne Hardy and Rotary members together with staff from Pablo’s and some of the Eastbourne Lifeboat Crew.
Eastbourne lifeboat was tasked to more routine jobs this weekend all involving vessels with engine failure.
Shortly after 15.00hrs on Saturday, Dover Coastguard was alerted to a 36ft yacht off Sovereign Harbour which had developed a fuel leak and the crew were wisely reluctant to start the engine. As the yacht sailed along the coastline Eastbourne all-weather lifeboat (ALB) was launching to assist the vessel into harbour. As the ALB reached the harbour entrance another emergency call was received. A 17ft open fishing boat with two people on board had broken down dangerously close to the shore in Pevensey Bay. The occupants of the fishing vessel were considered to be in the greater danger so the ALB was diverted to Pevensey Bay to assist. The vessel was taken under tow in the choppy sea conditions and taken to the safety of Sovereign Harbour. The volunteer crew of the ALB then returned to sea to collect the stricken yacht which too was towed to the safety of the marina locks.
On Sunday evening a Dutch yacht reported they were unable to start their engine for the approach to Sovereign Harbour and requested assistance. The ALB was launched but as they reached the harbour entrance the ‘casualty’ vessel sailed past them through the outer harbour entrance. Once the yacht rounded into the wind they were unable to steer but fortunately the boarding boat used to ferry the volunteer crew to the lifeboat was still on scene so it took the yacht under tow and delivered it to the marina locks. Meanwhile the ALB returned to its moorings.