Eastbourne all-weather lifeboat launched twice on Saturday afternoon following reports that two groups of windsurfers were in difficulties
With near gale force winds and driving rain forecast the volunteer lifeboat crew were anticipating a quiet weekend but unfortunately it wasn’t to be. Shortly after 2pm Dover Coastguard received a call from a member of the public that a group of windsurfers were in difficulties 400 metres offshore in Eastbourne Bay. Eastbourne all-weather lifeboat was requested to assist but when they arrived at the reported location nothing was found, the group had managed to get ashore unaided. As a precaution the lifeboat conducted a shoreline search from the Wish Tower to Sovereign Harbour before returning to station.
Less than two hours later Dover Coastguard received another telephone call regarding a windsurfer in trouble, this time in Pevensey Bay. Once again before the lifeboat reached the scene the surfer had managed to scramble ashore. On this occasion the windsurfer’s board had failed and he had swum ashore having abandoned part of his equipment.