Eastbourne Lifeboats Callouts 2007

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE

11/12/2007

08.20 hrs

Sunny

North Westerly

Force 2-3

Slight -Moderate
10 miles

10.55 hrs

11.25 hrs

ALB Launch Number 51

At the request of Dover Coastguard the all weather lifeboat launched with a crew of eight, to a report of an injured crewman on a Belgian trawler, seventeen miles south of Sovereign Harbour.

Whilst on route to the casualty, the lifeboat doctor was winched up into Whiskey Bravo, the Coastguard helicopter, and then transferred over to the trawler.

After the attempts to resuscitate the injured seaman in his mid forties failed, the doctor announced him

deceased.

The doctor was then transferred back to the all weather lifeboat, which by then had arrived on the scene.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE

24/11/2007

08.15 hrs

Sunny

North West

Force 2

Calm
10 miles

12.30 hrs

13.00 hrs

ALB Launch Number 50

Dover Coastguard alerted the lifeboat to a fishing boat with a rope entangled around its propeller, position 16 miles south of the Sovereign Harbour. The all weather lifeboat launched with a crew of eight to assist.

When on the scene, a tow line was passed over and the long tow (three and half hours) back to Sovereign Harbour started.  The casualty, a one hundred and twenty ton beam trawler from Tobermorey, was unable to move under its own power at all.

When approximately three miles off Eastbourne, a Severn class lifeboat en route from Dover to Poole was passing and assisted in the tow.

              

The all weather lifeboat towed the fishing boat through the lock into the inner harbour, where it can be inspected by a diver to ascertain whether the rope can be cut free.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
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20/11/2007

12.55 hrs

Raining

South East

Force 6

Moderate
4 miles

14.15 hrs

14.45 hrs

ALB Launch Number 49

The lifeboat operations manager was monitoring the VHF radio when a Belgian fishing boat requested assistance, reporting that a crew member (The Skipper) had been involved in an accident and was injured.

After consulting Dover Coastguard, the crew were paged to launch the all weather lifeboat.

The ALB launched with a crew of eight plus the Divisional Engineer who happened to be at the station on his regular inspection.

When on the scene, approximately 1 mile off Beachy Head, Guy Emery (Paramedic) and Dr Stephen Lytton (Deputy Medical Advisor) were transferred over to the seventy-five foot beam trawler to assess the casualty’s condition and injuries and administer first aid.

Mark Robinson (Second Coxswain) then decided that it would be safer to leave the casualty on the trawler and escort them into Sovereign Harbour. On approach to Sovereign Harbour the casualty was transferd to the ALB in calm water, as the trawler would not have been able to enter the harbour due to the low tide and the depth of water required by the trawler.

The ALB went through the lock to the inner harbour and fuel pontoon where the casualty was then handed over to the waiting ambulance crew and transfered to Eastbourne District General Hospital.

photo taken from Beachy Head

 

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
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06/11/2007

ILB 15.20 hrs

ALB 15.30 hrs

Sunny

STILL

calm
8 miles

ILB 16.03 hrs

ALB 15.40 hrs

16.15 hrs

ILB Launch Number 43

ALB Launch Number 48

Both boats were tasked to launch to a reported Hot Air Balloon in the sea off the Wish Tower.

When on the scene, the crew of the inshore lifeboat found an advertising balloon with nothing attached.

On hearing the report from the ILB to Dover Coastguard, the all weather lifeboat was requested to stand down and returned to station.

The balloon was then attached to the ILB and towed back to the ILB Station and handed over to the Coastguard.

The balloon was filled with helium and tethered to the ground at Newark Golf Center, Nottingham shire,

at 10.30 hrs this morning.

The tether broke loose and the £1000 advertising balloon drifted the 206 miles, landing in the sea off Eastbourne

during the afternoon.

picture taken from the shore of the ILB securing the advertising balloon

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
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21/10/2007

10.30 hrs

Sunny

Easterly

force 2

calm
8 miles
12.00 hrs
12.15 hrs

ILB Launch Number 42

The police helicopter spotted a supposed casualty in the water in the Belle Tout area and requested the ILB attend.

After a thorough search of this area a casualty was recovered by the ILB crew.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE

21/10/2007

08.00 hrs

Sunny

Easterly

force 2

Calm
8 miles
09.30 hrs
09.45 hrs

ILB Launch Number 41

The inshore lifeboat was launched to assist in the search for a missing person, The search in the Beachy Head area

requested by Dover Coastguard  was made and nothing untoward found.

after a wider search the Coastguard requested the ILB stand down and return to station.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
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16/10/2007

16.15 hrs

Sunny

South/west

force 3-4

Slight
6 miles
16.40 hrs
17.00 hrs

ILB Launch Number 40

A member of the public alerted the coastguard to a possible person in the sea under the pier, believed to be wearing an orange life jacket.

The inshore lifeboat was launched and a thorough search of the area was made. When on the scene the informant agreed that the ILB was in the position where they had thought a person was in the water.

There was a lot of orange fishing nets tangled up around the pier stanchions.

After reporting this, Dover Coastguard requested the ILB return to station.

A false alarm with good intent.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
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14/10/2007

15.40 hrs

Sunny

South/west

force 1

Calm
6 miles
16.40 hrs
17.00 hrs

ALB Launch Number 47

Alan Wood, the new DLA, received a request from Dover Coastguard to launch the all weather lifeboat to assist a twenty four foot Aquastar motor boat approximately 7 miles south east of Beachy Head.

The casualty, with two persons on board, had engine failure and was unable to move under it’s own power.

The Trinity House support vessel was in the area and stood by the casualty until the ALB arrived on the scene.

Once on scene, a tow line was passed over and the Aquastar was towed back to Sovereign Harbour.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE

13/10/2007

16.10 hrs

Sunny

Easterly

force 3-4

Slight
6 miles
16.37 hrs
16.52 hrs

ILB Launch Number 39

The inshore lifeboat was requested to launch by Dover Coastguard to assist an eighteen foot angling boat that was unable to raise it’s anchor.

The casualty, with one person and two children on board, was approximately three cables from the shore at Hollywell.

Two crew members, Richard Larmour and Trevor Moule, transfered over and released the anchor rope from the boat with a marker buoy attached. (This will be recovered by the all weather lifeboat on Sunday morning as part of its weekly exercise).

The angling boat then returned to Sovereign Harbour under it’s own power. The ILB then returned to station.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
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07/10/2007

11.52 hrs

Sunny

North/East

force 2

Slight
3 miles
12.30 hrs
12.45 hrs

ILB Launch Number 38

A person walking along the cliff edge at Beachy Head heard a call for help from a man trapped by the tide on the rocks just west of the lighthouse.

The man in his fifties had gone for a stroll along the rocks when he found himself cut off by the rising tide. His mobile phone was not receiving any signal down under the cliffs, so he was unable to raise the alarm himself. He tried to light a signal fire by striking flints stones together, after this failed he attempted to construct a small raft from barrels and pieces of wood he found amongst the rocks.This also failed and he attempted to swim but the tide was too strong. Attempts to signal passing boats by tying his shirt to a piece of wood and using it as a signal also failed.

 The inshore lifeboat was tasked to assist and found the casualty safe and sound on the rocks He was very tired and weary after his attempts to rescue himself. The ILB transported the man back to the ILB station and gave him a welcome cup of tea.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
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05/10/2007

07.55 hrs

Sunny

Easterly

force 2

Calm
8 miles
08.50 hrs
09.15 hrs

ILB Launch Number 37

The inshore lifeboat was tasked to assist Eastbourne Coastguard in locating a missing person approximatly 400 yds East of the Beachy Head Lighthouse. Once on scene a search was made from the Falling sands towards the West, locating the casualty at the base of the cliffs 100 yds East of the Lighthouse. Tthe body was recovered and returned to the ILB station.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
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30/09/2007

On exercise

Sunny

Light Airs

Slight
8 miles
12.30 hrs
13.00 hrs

ALB Launch Number 46

Whilst returning from their sunday morning exercise the All Weather lifeboat was alerted to a thirty six foot sailing boat with engine failure near to the harbour entrance.  A tow line was passed over and the casualty with two persons on board was then towed in to Sovereign Harbour.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
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29/09/2007

ALB 02.45 hrs

ILB 02.36 hrs

Dark

North East

Force 2-3

Slight
6-8 miles

04.30 hrs

0.45 hrs

ALB Launch Number 45

ILB Launch Number 36

A memeber of the Eastbourne Pier security allerted Dover Coastguard to a person having jumped or fallen into the sea.

Both boats were launched to search for a person in the water. After a thorough search from hollywell to the Redoubt, the Coastguard stood both boats down.  It was decided that it was a false alarm with good intent.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
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17/09/2007

12.05 hrs

Overcast

Light Airs

Calm
5 miles

12.20 hrs

12.35 hrs

ILB Launch Number 35

Following a report from a person on Eastbourne Pier, Dover Coastguard requested the inshore lifeboat launch to recover a body  a few metres off the shore.

The ILB recovered the body just off the redoubt,

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE

09/09/2007

Whilst on weekly exercise

Sunny

Light Airs

Calm
8miles

12.15 hrs

refueled after weekly exercise

ALB Launch Number 44

Whilst on its sunday morning exercise the ALB was requested to assist a twenty six foot sailing boat with engine failure.

The casualty was approximate four miles south of Beachy Head lighthouse. Due to the lack of wind the sailing boat requested assistance from the lifeboat.

Once on scene a tow line was passed and the casualty towed into Sovereign Harbour.

The ALB was then refueled and returned to station.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE

09/09/2007

ILB 07.20 hrs

ALB07.28 hrs

Sunny

North East

Force 2-3

Calm
8miles

ILB 09.15 hrs

ALB 09.30 hrs

refueled after weekly exercise

ILB Launch Number 34

ALB Launch Number 43

Dover Coastguard requested the ILB launch, but then requested both boats to launch, to assist in locating the wreck of a car that had been driven over Beachy Head.

When on scene the ILB located the wreck and searched for any persons on board. The registration of the vehicle was noted and the Coastguard advised.

Both lifeboats stood by to assist the Coastguard if required in the recovery of the driver.

A member of theCoastguard was lowered down to the casualty (halfway down the cliff) and then both were winched back to the top of the cliffs.

         

  Coastguard about to go down cliff face with stretcher                                 Wreck of car

                                                                             photo taken by Andy Chatton ILB Helmsman

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
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06/09/2007

12.00 hrs

Sunny

Light Airs

Calm
5miles

13.00 hrs

13.15 hrs

ILB Launch Number 33

Two people reported a surf board floating a quarter of a mile off the beach by the Moorings at Pevensey Bay, Dover Coastguard requested the inshore lifeboat launch to search for a person the water.

A passer by in a dingy towed the surf board back to the beach whilst the ILB started a parallel search of the area.

Echo November the Coastguard fixed wing airplane was also involved in the search. After a thorough search of the area it was decided that it was a false alarm with good intent, the ILB was requested to return to station.

(ILB returning to station with surf board)

photo taken by John Banfield.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE

28/08/2007

16.30 hrs

relaunched

20.20 hrs

Sunny

South/East

Force 5

Moderate
8miles

20.20hrs

21.35hrs

ALB Launch Number 42

A call from Dover Coastguard alerted Mark Robinson, the Second Coxswain of the all weather lifeboat, that a 100 ton fishing vessel six miles south east of Sovereign Harbour had lost its rudder.

The casualty, with a crew of five and a dog, was then towed back to a position just outside Sovereign Harbour

to await the rising tide, so they could enter the harbour.

Later that evening the lifeboat launched again to tow them into the harbour.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
27/08/2007

15.30 hrs

Sunny

Light Airs

calm
8 Miles

15.45hrs

16.00 hrs

ILB Launch Number 32

The ILB was launched to a windsurfer in the water half a mile west of the pier. When on the scene the Helmsman found the casualty was assisted by the Lifeguards.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
27/08/2007

12.00 hrs

Sunny

Light Airs

calm
8 Miles

13.00hrs

13.15 hrs

ILB Launch Number 31

The inshore lifeboat was tasked to assist a sailing boat that had become entangled in a yacht racing marker buoy

just west of Sovereign Harbour. It took some time freeing  the yacht from the mooring ropes of the buoy

The ALB was just returning from the callout to assist Newhaven lifeboat with the boat on fire when the Deputy Second Coxswain (Ian Stringer) spotted the ILB freeing the yacht and stopped to assist.

Whilst the ILB was freeing the yacht a request to an immediate launch from Dover Coastguard was received to a rubber dingy in trouble at Pevensey Bay. They were stood down whilst en route to the supposed casualty.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
27/08/2007

hrs

Sunny

Light Airs

calm
8miles

hrs

hrs

ALB Launch Number 41

The all weather lifeboat was launched to assist the Newhaven lifeboat with a boat on fire at Cuckmere Haven.

When passing Cow Gap the ALB was stood down as Newhaven ALB had rescued the casualty.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
26/08/2007

13.20 hrs

Sunny

Light Airs

calm
8miles

13.30 hrs

13.50 hrs

 

ALB Launch Number 40

All weather lifeboat was launched to assist in recovering a person injured in a sailing accident.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
25/08/2007

13.20 hrs

Sunny

Light Airs

calm
8 Miles

13.30hrs

13.45 hrs

ILB Launch Number 30

Dover Coastguard were alerted by a person walking along the cliffs at Cow Gap (Beachy Head) that there was a swimmer in trouble just off shore.

The inshore lifeboat was launched and searched the area. After a thorough search of the area it was decided that the person walking along the cliffs had mistaken a fisherman’s marker buoy with seaweed on it for a swimmer.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
25/08/2007

15.00 hrs

Sunny

Light Airs

calm
8 Miles

15.15hrs

hrs

ILB Launch Number 29

The inshore lifeboat responded to an urgent call, to a man overboard just outside the entrance to Sovereign Harbour, The yacht the casualty had gone overboard from was just returning from the Eastbourne RNLI regatta yacht race.

The person overboard was returned to the yacht, and the ILB stood down.

 

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
19/08/2007

16.08 hrs

Overcast

North/West

Force 2

calm
4miles

hrs

hrs

ALB Launch Number 39

Whilst covering the Eastbourne Airborne show the all weather lifeboat was tasked to assist a thirty foot motor cruiser.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
12/08/2007

21.15 hrs

South/West

Force 5

Choppy
Dark

22.25 hrs

22.40 hrs

ALB Launch Number 38

The All Weather lifeboat was tasked to assist a ten metre yacht on passage from Bolougne with two persons on board three and a half miles east of Sovereign Harbour.

The casualty had engine failure, and due to the wind and tide, it was considered safer to request assistance from the lifeboat.

When on the scene a tow line was passed and the yacht was towed into Sovereign Harbour.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
08/08/2007

14.01 hrs

Sunny

South/West

Force 2

Calm
8 Miles

15.40 hrs

15.50 hrs

ILB Launch Number 28

Dover Coastguard requested the Inshore Lifeboat launch to assist with the recovery of a body from the rocks near to Whitbread Hollow (Beachy Head).

When on the scene the ILB with four crew assisted the coastguard and Eastbourne Police.

The body along with one member of the Police was then transferred back to the Inshore Lifeboat Station.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
06/08/2007

15.14 hrs

Sunny

South/West

Force 2

slight
8 Miles

15.32 hrs

15.50 hrs

ILB Launch Number 27

The ILB launched at the request of Dover Coastguard to the report of an upturned rubber dingy with three persons in the water. When on the scene, three beaches west of the pier, the three persons were just making their way out of the water.

The ILB stood by until the Coastguard arrived, then they were stood down and returned to station.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
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04/08/2007

11.50 hrs

Sunny

South/West

Force 2

Calm
8 Miles

13.40 hrs

14.00 hrs

ALB Launch Number 37

The All Weather lifeboat with Mark Robinson as Coxswain and seven crew was launched at Dover Coastguard’s request, to assist a ten metre motor cruiser with electrical failure approximately seven miles south of Sovereign Harbour. When on scene two miles south of the Royal Sovereign light tower, a tow line was passed and the casualty was towed back to Sovereign Harbour.

 

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
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02/08/2007

21.35 hrs

Dark

good visibility

Light Airs

Calm

01.00 hrs

01.20 hrs

ALB Launch Number 36

Dover Coastguard received four telephone calls reporting sightings of red flares just east of the Sovereign light tower.

The All Weather lifeboat was launched with a crew of eight, whilst en route to the reported area a pair of fisherman’s oilskins were found floating three miles south of Sovereign Harbour, after reporting this to Dover Coastguard the ALB started a thorough search of the area using their search light and parachute flares.

By this time Hastings ALB had launched to assist in the search as well as Whiskey Bravo, the Coastguard

search and rescue helicopter based at Lee On So lent.

The Eastbourne ALB began an expanding box search of the area, whilst the Hastings ALB also began an expanding box search of the area from Sovereign light tower towards St Leonard’s. Whisky Bravo covered a large area at the same time. After three hours of searching the lifeboats were told to stand down and return to station.

Bexhill Coastguard were dispatched to the first informant to try and obtain more positive coordinates, it was first believed that the red lights were reflection from the Royal Sovereign buoy, but the first informant new the area well and said no it was further east of the buoy.

At the same time Eastbourne Coastguard observed the area and the search by the lifeboats and helicopter from Beachy Head.

It is believed that there may have been meteor activity in the area and this is what may have been mistaken for red flares.   (A false alarm with good intent).

 

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
30/07/2007

10.00 hrs

Sunny

N/W

Force 1

Calm
8 Miles

10.50 hrs

11.00 hrs

ILB Launch Number 26

Following a call from a passing angling boat,Sovereign Harbour alerted the Dover Coastguard to an upturned boat just west of the water treatment works. The inshore lifeboat was launched to what turned out to be a pedlo that had sunk and drifted down to Langney Point. It was assumed that youngsters had pushed it into the sea for a prank.

When on the scene the Coastguard requested that the ILB crew helped in dragging the craft up above the high water mark for safety.

A callout that was rather different, but still the RNLI jumped into action.

 

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
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26/07/2007

ALB 22.50.hrs

ILB 22.55 hrs

DARK

Westerly

Force 5

Gusting

6-7

Very rough
Poor

ALB 23.40 hrs

ILB 23.30 hrs

23.55 hrs

ALB Launch Number 35

ILB Launch Number 25

The All Weather lifeboat was launched to a person reported clinging to the east side of the pier.

The Inshore lifeboat  was also on standby and as the ALB passed the ILB station they were told to launch and assist with the rescue.

When on the scene  Mark Sawyer, the Coxswain of the ALB called for the ILB to run up onto the beach so the  crew members could  enter the very rough sea in their dry suits.

While this was going on the Coastguard managed to get a ladder from the pier and

Stuart Mc Nab of the Coastguard with Peter Needham ILB crew member waded into the surf and held the ladder up so that Andy Chatton ILB crew member could climb up and rescue the man who was still clinging on to a support stanchion of the pier.

They then carried the casualty who was by this time suffering from hypothermia back to the shore and handed him over to a waiting Paramedic.

The ILB then had to be be pulled off the beach using a rope from the All Weather Lifeboat which was standing by just off the shore.

Both boats then returned to station.

 

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
22/07/2007
19.00.hrs
sunny

Light Airs

Calm
eight mile

20.00 hrs

20.15 hrs

ILB Launch Number 24

Following a telephone call from the Ambulance services, Dover Coastguard requested the ILB to launch to a woman that had reported was seen going into the sea fully clothed near the Cavendish hotel.

The ILB with a crew of four was soon on the scene and spotted a person laying on the beach. Two crew members were transferred to the beach where they found the woman unconscious.

The lifeboat helmsman reported to the Coastguard by radio and requested a Paramedic. The lifeboat crew members gave the casualty oxygen and put her into the recovery position, When the ambulance crew arrived the woman started to come round and she was then transferred to the hospital.

 

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
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19/07/2007
17.00.hrs
sunny

No wind

Calm
eight mile

18.30 hrs

18.45 hrs

ILB Launch Number 23

A swimmer in trouble was reported nr to Hollywell, The ILB with two crew members

(Andy Chatton on helm and Alan Simmister on crew) launched to search the area, a search pattern was started 3 beaches west of the Wish Tower going west towards Whitbread Hollow. After 4 sweeps of the area each sweep going further out to sea nothing was found and the Coastguard requested the ILB stand down and return to station.

A report with good intent.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
11/07/2007
14.20.hrs
sunny

S/W

Force 4

Moderate
eight mile

15.00 hrs

15.15 hrs

ALB Launch Number 34

 

AWB was launched to assist a yacht with engine failure 1nm east of Sovereign Harbour, once on scene our towline was passed and the casualty was towed back to Sovereign Harbour.

 

 

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
8/07/2007
11.15.hrs
sunny

S/W

Force 3

Slight
eight mile

11.45 hrs

12.00 hrs

ILB Launch Number 22

During a mud rescue exercise with the Coastguard in the outer harbour, the inshore lifeboat was tasked to assist a twenty three foot sports boat that had its propeller entangled in a lobster pot line, in the entrance to Sovereign Harbour.

The line had to be cut free from the pot using a line cutter from the all weather boat, this required one member of the ilb crew to enter the water to gain access to the propeller

Once the line was cut the ilb towed the casualty into the Sovereign Harbour lock.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
5/07/2007
ILB 17.00hrs ALB 17.30hrs
Overcast/rain

S/W

Force 6-7

Rough
one mile

ILB 18.30 hrs

ALB 18.40 hrs

ILB18.45 hrs

ALB 19.00 hrs

ILB Launch Number 21

ALB Launch Number 33

The ILB launched to a report of a person in difficulties in the sea a little way off the Grand Hotel.  The report had come via third party through the local Lifeguards.   After searching for approximately 30 minutes it was decided to add the ALB to the search.   Both boats combed the search area without finding anyone and after about an hour the search was called off.  It is possible that some fishing markers were mistaken for a person swimming, so maybe a false alarm with good intent. Search area Wish Tower to Sugar Loaf.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
30/06/2007
14.55 hrs
Heavy Rain

Westerly

Force 5

Moderate
half mile

15.50 hrs

16.10 hrs

ALB Launch Number 32

Dover Coastguard requested the All Weather Lifeboat launch to assist a twenty four foot yacht with mechanical problems off Cooden. The casualty was on route from Dover to Eastbourne.

When on scene a lifeboat crew member (Ian Patterson) was transferred over to assist the two persons on board with the rigging of a tow line, the casualty was then towed to Sovereign Harbour and handed over to the harbour work boat to be towed into the lock.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
27/06/2007
23.10 hrs
Dark

W.S.W

Gusting force 8

Choppy
2 Miles

00.20 hrs

00.40 hrs

ALB Launch Number 31

The All Weather Lifeboat launched to a fifty two foot Ketch with four persons on board.

The casualty was on passage from Ramsgate to Brighton when it developed fuel problems three miles east of Sovereign Harbour.When on scene one lifeboat crew member was transfered to assist in rigging a tow line.

The ketch was then towed back to Sovereign Harbour for repairs.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
27/06/2007
19.50 hrs
Dark

W.S.W

Gusting force 8

Choppy
4 Miles

21.55 hrs

22.15 hrs

ALB Launch Number 30

A forty two foot yacht with a fouled propellor called for assistance from the lifeboat, the yacht with four persons on board was  half a mile east of the harbour, due to the weather conditions and sea state the All Weather lifeboat passed a tow line over and towed the casualty into Sovereign Harbour.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
27/06/2007
16.15 hrs
Sunny

W.S.W

Gusting force 8

Choppy
8 Miles

17.06 hrs

17.21 hrs

ALB Launch Number 29

A call for the ALB to launch to assist a 36 foot sailing boat three quarters of a mile off the ILB station in Eastbourne Bay, the casualty with 2 persons on board were on passage from Chichester to Dover when they suffered engine failure.

When on scene a lifeboat crew member was transfered over to assist with rigging a tow line, the casualty was then towed into Sovereign Harbour.

   

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
27/06/2007
14.03hrs
Sunny

W.S.W

Gusting force 8

Choppy
8 Miles

14.45 hrs

14.55 hrs

ALB Launch Number 28

The All Weather Lifeboat was tasked to assist a 36 foot sailing boat 3 miles south of Sovereign Harbour.

The casualty with six persons .on board had a fouled propeller and rudder, a tow line was passed over and they were towed back to Sovereign Harbour for repairs.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
23/06/2007
17.25 hrs

Broken Cloud

S/W

force 6

Choppy
6 Miles

18.05hrs

18,20hrs

ALB Launch Number 27

The All weather lifeboat was launched to assist a thirty foot yacht with rigging failure, the casualty with one exhausted person on board managed to steer the boat into Sovereign Harbour, escorted by the ALB.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
18/062007
21.25 hrs

Dusk

S

force 1-2

Slight
8 Miles

22.25 hrs

22.45 hrs

ILB Launch Number 20

ILB was requested to launch to assist with the recovery of a Human body over the cliffs at Beachy Head. Coastguards had located the body and conned the ILB to the position, once onscene the body was recovered to the ILB and taken back to the ILB station where the coroner was waiting.

DATE PAGED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY STOOD DOWN
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
16/062007
02.40 hrs

Dark

Light airs

Calm

02.44 hrs

ILB Launch Number 19 (standby)

Person in water by Eastbourne pier.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
12/062007
10.35 hrs

Sunny

S/W

force 6

Moderate

4 miles

misty

13.20 hrs

13.40 hrs

ALB Launch Number 26

The All Weather Lifeboat was launched to assist a thirty-one foot Sunseeker motor cruiser with one person on board, seven miles south west of Sovereign Harbour.

The casualty, which was on passage from St Peter Port Guernsey to Sovereign Harbour, had developed engine failure. Being close to Beachy Head, the skipper decided it was safer to call for assistance.

Once on the scene, Coxswain Mark Sawyer decided to transfer one crew member over to assist in rigging a tow line. The casualty was then towed back to Sovereign Harbour.

         

 

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
10/062007
13.30 hrs

Light Fog

E

force 3

Slight

1

miles

15.20 hrs

15.40 hrs

ILB Launch Number 18

ALB Launch Number 25

The Newhaven Allweather Lifeboat was returning from its Sunday morning exercise when it was called by Solent Coastguard to assist with a medic evacuation. A sixty five year old woman had broken her leg whilst walking along the beach.

The Newhaven Allweather Lifeboat then developed severe engine problems. The Newhaven Y boat was then launched to the casualty on the beach.

Dover Coastguard called for both Eastbourne Lifeboats to launch to assist the Newhaven Lifeboats.

The Eastbourne ILB assisted the crew of the Newhaven Y boat and Birling Gap Rescue boat with the casualty.

The casualty was airlifted from the beach to a waiting ambulance at Birling Gap by the Coastguard rescue helicoptor from Lee On Solent.

            

The Eastbourne Allweather Lifeboat stood by the Newhaven Lifeboat whilst they made temporary repairs to enable them to return to Newhaven.

DATE Paged WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY Stood down
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
9/062007
23.45 hrs
Dark

light airs

Calm

3-4

miles

23.51 hrs

ALB Launch Number 24 (Standby)

A twenty one foot speedboat had reported engine failure.  Managed to restart engine, Lifeboat stood down.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
4/062007
13.25 hrs
Sunny

E

light airs

Calm

3-4

miles

14.40 hrs at harbour

15.05 hrs

ILB Launch Number 17

A sixteen foot angling boat with engine failure, a quarter of a mile east of Beachy Head, requested assistance from the Coastguard.

The ILB was launched and the casualty with two persons on board was towed back to Sovereign Harbour.

   

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
3/062007
16.05 hrs
Thick Fog

E

Calm

50 metres

17.30hrs
17.50 hrs

ILB Launch Number 16

ALB Launch Number 23

The ILB was launched at the Coastguard’s request to assist them in the search for a yellow and orange inflatable dingy with four persons on board seen leaving the shore near to the Grand Hotel in thick fog.

The ILB made a thorough search of the shoreline from the Grand hotel to Beachy Head. The ALB joined in the search and the search area was widened, the search was later called off by the local coastguard when the missing persons were located on the beach in the Hollywell area.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
3/062007
14.55 hrs
Thick Fog

E

Calm

50 metre’s

16.20hrs

ALB Launch Number 22

A forty-seven foot Ketch sailing from St Catherine’s Dock London to Brighton had engine failure and requested assistance six miles east off Sovereign Harbour.

Dover Coastguard called for the All Weather Lifeboat to launch. The ketch had a fuel pipe fault and all it’s fuel had leaked into the bilge.

When on scene to the becalmed yacht, Mark Sawyer, the Coxswain of the ALB, instructed the crew to foot a tow line and the casualty was towed back to Sovereign Harbour.

As the ALB approached the harbour a call from the Dover Coastguard requested the ALB assist the ILB and the local Coastguard search for a missing inflatable dingy. The Sovereign Harbour work boat took over tow in the entrance to the harbour, with the lifeboat boarding boat standing by to assist.

      

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
2/062007
10.05 hrs
sunny

S

Force 2

Calm

8 miles

11.45 hrs
12.00 hrs

ALB Launch Number 21

Dover Coastguard alerted the Eastbourne Lifeboat Launch Operations Manager that a 35ft charter fishing boat with twelve people on board had engine failure and was drifting five miles south of Beachy Head.

The All Weather Lifeboat was paged to launch at 09.51 hrs and launched at 10.05 hrs.  When the ALB arrived on scene, six and a half miles south east of Sovereign Harbour, Mark Sawyer, the coxswain of the ALB, was informed by the skipper of the the casualty that he had total gearbox failure. It was then decided that the only course of action was to tow them back to the harbour.

A tow line was passed and the charter boat was towed safely back to Sovereign Harbour.

 

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
30/05/2007
12.55 hrs
sunny

S

Force 3-4

Choppy

8 miles

14.00 hrs
14.20 hrs

ALB Launch Number 20

ILB Launch Number 15

Both Lifeboats were tasked to assist a 10.8 metre wooden sailing boat with one person on board, run aground on the beach near to splash point.

The sailing boat had rigging problems and the skipper had dislocated his thumb. Two members of the inshore lifeboat crew transferred over to the sailing boat and the skipper was taken onto the ILB for safety.

The all weather lifeboat reversed in close to the casualty and a tow line was passed over,

Mark Sawyer, the Coxswain of the ALB had both engines running at full power to try and re- float the casualty,

it wasn’t until a large wave lifted the yacht that it broke free from the beach.

A loud applause was heard from the crowd of people that had gathered on the beach.

The skipper was later transferred at his request back to his yacht, he then sailed it back to Sovereign Harbour under the escort of both lifeboats.

An ambulance with paramedics was waiting at Sovereign Harbour, where the skipper who was wet and cold was treated for his injury.

                         

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
25/05/2007
12.30 hrs
sunny

S/W

Force 3

Calm

6 miles

13.15 hrs
13.30 hrs

ILB Launch Number 14

Dover Coastguard called for the Inshore lifeboat to assist the local Coastguard in a search for a missing person at Beachy Head.

India Juliet the Coastguard helicoptor was also tasked in the search. A body was located and transfered by the helicoptor.

The ILB was then stood down and returned to station.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
11/05/2007
15.30 hrs
sunny

S.E

Light Airs

Calm

5 miles

17.05 hrs
17.20 hrs

ALB Launch Number 19

Dover Coastguard called for the All Weather Lifeboat to launch to assist a 34ft yacht half a mile off Beachy Head lighthouse.

The yacht with three persons on board was en route from Exmouth to Scarborough when it developed engine failure. When on scene the ALB passed a tow line and towed the yacht back to Sovereign Harbour for repairs.

picture taken from shooters bottom  Beachy Head.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
11/05/2007
10.10 hrs
Sunny

S/E

Light Airs

Calm

5 miles

11.40 hrs
11.50 hrs

ILB Launch Number 13

The Inshore Lifeboat was on exercise with the All Weather lifeboat when the Coatsguard requested their assistance in searching for a missing person between Beachy Head and the Cuckmere Haven. The ILB joined the Newhaven lifeboat and after a thorough search of this section of the coastline the search was called off by the Coastguard as nothing was found.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
11/05/2007
16.45 hrs
Cloudy

E

Force 5

Choppy

clear skies

ILB Standby Number 1

The Inshore Lifeboat was put on standby for immediate launch, as a man wa seen standing on the cliff edge near Beachy Head.

The person was moved away from the edge and the ILB was stood down after fifteen minutes.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
30/04/2007
04.35 hrs
Dark

E/NE

Force 5

Moderate

Dark

clear skies

09.10 hrs
09.40 hrs

ALB Launch Number 18

Dover Coastguard requested the All Weather Lifeboat launch to an 18ft sailing boat with one person on board approx twenty miles south east of Sovereign Harbour.

The small craft had total power failure which meant it had no lights, GPS or radio and the compass was broken.

The casualty was in the middle of the shipping lane and was in danger of being run down by the large ships which use this stretch of water.

The skipper – who was very tired and disorientated – had just enough credit left on his mobile phone to call a friend in Southampton and it was this friend who allerted the Costguard.

A large car carrier, the Auto Star, had spotted the small craft on it’s radar and stood by until the lifeboat was on scene.

Two members of the lifeboat crew (crewmember Andy Chatton and 3rd mechanic/paramedic Guy Emery) were transfered to the sailing boat to assist in rigging a tow line and to check over the skipper.

Mark Sawyer, the coxswain of the ALB, decided, due to the size of the craft and the sea state, it would be safer for the skipper and both crew members to return to the ALB for the passage back to Sovereign Harbour.

Once on board the lifeboat, the skipper of the sailing boat was given plenty of hot drinks and food.

The sailing boat which had travelled through the canals from Gdansk in Poland to Amsterdam and he was then sailing it to Cowes on the Isle Of Wight.

        

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
29/04/2007
17.19 hrs
Sunny

Light Airs

Slight
Moderate
17.27 hrs
17.51 hrs

ILB Launch Number 12

The Inshore Lifeboat was launched to reports of a small inflatable in difficulty near to Eastbourne Pier,

when on scene the two adults in the small inflatable were standing in the water a few metres from the shore, after confirming they were safe and well the ILB returned to station.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
24/04/2007
22.15 hrs
Dark

N

force 2

Calm
23.30 hrs
23.45 hrs

ALB Launch Number 17

ILB Launch Number 11

Both lifeboats were launched to assist the Coastguard and Sussex Police in a search for a missing person.

A thorough search of the shoreline was made between Hollywell and Cow Gap. The search was terminated when the Sussex Police located a person in the Hollywell area.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
22/04/2007
18.25 hrs
Broken Cloud

E

force 2-3

Calm
4 miles
19.40 hrs
20.00 hrs

ALB Launch Number 16

Lifeboat launched to assist a 8 mtr motor cruiser with two persons onboard which had engine failure due to a fuel starvation problem in a position 3 cables off the shore at Heachy Head 5 miles from Sovereign Harbour.

When onscene two lifeboat crew were put onboard to assist with the recovery of the anchor, our towline was passed and the casualty then towed into Sovereign Harbour where we returned to station.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
21/04/2007
10.00 hrs
Sunny

E

force 2-3

Calm
8 miles
12.45 hrs
13.00 hrs

ALB Launch Number 15

Dover Coastguard alerted the Eastbourne Lifeboat to an eight metre charter fishing boat with discarded fishing nets around its propeller.

The casualty with nine persons on board was eleven miles south of Sovereign Harbour, and just in the south west shipping lane. Dover Coastguard made numerous radio calls to the large ships in the area requesting they give the casualty a wide berth.

When on scene the Eastbourne All Weather lifeboat passed over a tow line and towed them back to Sovereign Harbour.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
20/04/2007
18.50 hrs
Sunny

E

force 4

Choppy
8 miles
19.15 hrs
19.30 hrs

ILB Launch Number 10

Following the report of a child stuck in the mud on the east side of the Sovereign Harbour entrance, the Inshore Lifeboat launched to assist the Coastguard.

When on scene the Coastguard had managed to free the child and the ILB returned to station.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
19/04/2007
17.30 hrs
Sunny

E

force 4

slight
8 miles
18.20 hrs
18.40 hrs

ALB Launch Number 14

The All Weather Lifeboat was launched to assist a twenty eight foot sports boat with engine failure, when on scene a tow line was passed over and the casualty was towed into Sovereign Harbour.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
19/04/2007
13.15 hrs
Sunny

S/w

force 2-3

slight
8 miles
13.40 hrs
13.55 hrs

ILB Launch Number 9

Following a 999 call Dover Coastguard requested the Inshore Lifeboat launch to a person cut off by the tide at Hollywell.

After a search of the coastline in that area the ILB crew spotted a person just east of the Cow Gap steps.

The casualty was transferred to the Hollywell Chalet by the ILB where the Coastguard were waiting.

 

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
18/04/2007
14.30 hrs
Sunny

S

force 4

slight
8 miles
15.05 hrs
15.15 hrs

ALB Launch Number 13

A thirty five foot yacht with a crew of 3 persons reported that they had engine failure and had heard a large bang they also reported that there was a smell of burning from the interior of the craft.

The All Weather Lifeboat was launched to the casualty which was one and a half miles south west of Sovereign Harbour.

The yacht was on its maiden voyage from the Chichester area to its future home on the east coast was then towed in to Sovereign Harbour.

 

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
18/04/2007
11.30 hrs
Sunny

S

force 3

slight
8 miles
12.30 hrs
12.50 hrs

ALB Launch Number 12

ILB Launch Number 8

Both Lifeboats were launched to assist the Coastguard in the recovery of a human body from Beachy Head.

The members of the Coastguard were transferred to the All Weather lifeboat for transportation to Sovereign Harbour, the body was transported back to the Inshore Lifeboat station where the police and the local coroner was waiting.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
17/04/2007
06.30 hrs
Sunny

S.W

force 2

Smooth
8 miles
10.15 hrs
10.35 hrs

ALB Launch Number 11

ILB Launch Number 7

Both Eastbourne Lifeboats were launched to assist the Coastguard and the Royal Naval Bomb Disposal Team at Beachy Head.

An assortment of world war two munitions had been discovered at Beachy Head, and the lifeboats transported the Naval personel two an area between Belle Tout and the Beachy Head lighthouse,and then waited whilst they carried out a controlled explosion, after which the Naval personel were then transfered to Birling Gap.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
16/04/2007
19.10 hrs
Sunny

S.W

force 2

Smooth
8 miles
20.00 hrs
20.15 hrs

ILB Launch Number 6

The inshore lifeboat was launched to assist a member of the coastguard who had injured his ankle on the rocks at Beachy Head.

The casualty was transfered to the Inshore Lifeboat station for medical treatment.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
15/04/2007
08.10 hrs
Sunny

Light Airs

Smooth
8 miles
09.15 hrs
09.30 hrs

ILB Launch Number 5

The Inshore Lifeboat was launched to assist two members of the Coastguard in the recovery of a human body from Beachy Head.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
06/04/2007
15.25 hrs
Sunny

Light Airs

Smooth
1 miles
17.55hrs
18.30 hrs

ALB Launch Number 10

An eighteen metre Dutch barge with two persons on board was reported drifting with engine failure,

ten miles south east of Sovereign Harbour.

The all weather lifeboat was launched, when on scene a crew member was transferred over to assist in rigging a tow line.

Whilst the barge was being towed back to Sovereign Harbour the lifeboat crew member rectified the fault on the barges engine enabling it to enter the harbour under its own power.

The Barge was en route from Boulogne to Bristol.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
04/04/2007
19.40 hrs
Dusk

E

force 3-4

Moderate
6 miles
20.00 hrs
21.00 hrs

ALB Launch Number 9

AWB launched to a 24 metre beam trawler with a sick crewmember onboard three miles east of sovereign harbour with Stomach pains. Once on scene, lifeboat medical advisor Dr Colin Mckee and lifeboat paramedic Guy Emery were transfered to the trawler to assess the casualty’s condition. It was then decided to move the casualty to the All Weather Lifeboat for tranfer to Sovereign Harbour, where an ambulance was waiting ready to take the casualty to Eastbourne District general hospital.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
17/03/2007
22.00 hrs
Dark

W

Force 8

Rough
1miles
23.30hrs
23.45 hrs

ALB Launch Number 8

An eleven metre sailing boat radioed Dover Coastguard reporting engine failure three miles east of Sovereign Harbour.

The All Weather Lifeboat was launched to assist. On arrival at the scene, Mark Sawyer, the coxswain of the ALB, assessed the situation and decided to transfer two members of his crew over to the casualty to assst in rigging a tow line.

By then the sailing boat was loosing electrical power and its VHF radio was starting to fail. The radio operator on the lifeboat requested the person using the radio to speak louder, and it was understood then that the yacht was also snared on some fishing nets or lobster pots.

After a very hazardous transfer, the tow line was rigged and the lifeboat started the tow back to the Sovereign Harbour. The line that had snarled the yacht had broken free when the boat was turned for the tow back.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
16/03/2007
13.30 hrs
Sunny

N/W

Force 3

Slight
6miles
14.50hrs
15.05 hrs

ALB Launch Number 7

ILB Launch Number 4

The Coastguard fixed wing aircraft ‘Echo November’ reported to Dover Coastguard that it had spotted an upturned

boat .

Both the All Weather Lifeboat and the Inshore lifeboat were launched to search for casualties.

As the ALB was leaving Sovereign Harbour the experimental Lifeboat 12-85 was entering the harbour, Mark Sawyer the Coxswain of Eastbourne Lifeboat requested that the 12-85 assist in the search for casualties as this craft is capable of high speeds and this would be of great help in searching for casualties in the water,

When on the scene it was discovered that the casualty was the remains of an derelict boat that had been in the water for some considerable time. The 12-85 towed the remains of this craft back to the beach adjacent to the ILB station.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
04/03/2007
11.15 hrs
Heavy Rain

S S/W

Rough
2 miles
11.45hrs
11.55 hrs

ALB Launch Number 6

A twenty two foot yacht gave out a mayday call for urgent assistance. The yacht, with four persons on board, had rudder failure and was close to the shore and, due to the rough sea, was in imminent danger of being washed ashore.

The All Weather Lifeboat crew had just finished their monthly meeting and were able to launch immediately.

When on scene a casualty drogue was passed over and a tow line attached. The yacht was then towed back in to Sovereign Harbour.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
22/02/2007
21.35 hrs
Dark

S/W

Force 5-6

Rough
5-6 miles
23.35hrs
23.55hrs

ALB Launch Number 5

ILB Launch Number 3

The AWB was requested to launched by Dover Coastguard to investigate a heat source/person and two lights identified by police using a thermal imaging camera 200 yards east of Beachy head Lighthouse and illuminate the area using white Parachute flares.
Once on scene the AWB was directed to the area of the heat source by the Coastguard’s/police on the cliff edge, Once the AWB was in the area two white parachute flares were fired to illuminate the area combined with the use of the night sight a possible target was spotted so the ILB was requested to launch to put two crew ashore and carry out a shore search. When the ILB arrived on scene two white para flares were fired to illuminate the surf so that the ILB could make shore safely.
When the two crew were ashore the Coastguard directed the ILB crew onto the heat source and after a thorough search of the area using more para flares nothing was found all units were then stood down as it was considered a false alarm with intent.
The lights seen are believed to be reflections of the Beachy head Lighthouse light reflecting in rock pools.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
04/02/2007
08.55 hrs
Overcast

E

Force 2

Calm
6 miles
hrs
hrs

ILB Launch Number 2

The Inshore Lifeboat launched to assist the Coastguard and Ambulance crew, with a young woman stuck in rocks at Hollywell (with an incoming tide).

Not long after the ILB launched, Dover Coastguard advised the crew that the casualty had been recovered and told them to stand down.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
03/02/2007
13.00 hrs
Sunny

E

Force 4

Choppy
8 miles
15.25 hrs
15.45 hrs

ALB Launch Number 4

ILB Launch Number 1

Both boats launched at the request of Dover Coastguard to assist in the search for a missing person in the vicinity of Beachy Head.

The Coastguard fixed wing airplane (Echo November) assisted the local Coastguard and both lifeboats.

Nothing untoward was found and the search was called off.

Crew Member Hayley Beddows scans the shoreline with binoculars

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
01/02/2007
14.20 hrs
Sunny

S/W

Force 1

Calm
5 miles
15.25 hrs
15.45 hrs

ALB Launch Number 3

Dover Coastguard requested the All Weather Lifeboat launch to a 27ft motor cruiser with engine failure.

The casualty was three and a half miles south west of Sovereign Harbour.

When on scene, a tow line was passed and the cruiser was towed back to Sovereign Harbour.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY RETURNED
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
05/01/2007
09.40 hrs
Overcast

S/W

Force 5

Moderate
3 miles
10.28 hrs
11.05 hrs

ALB Launch Number 2

The All Weather Lifeboat was launched to a commercial fishing vessel one mile off Beachy Head which had reported that one of its crew members had severe chest pains.

When on scene, Guy Emery, Lifeboat Paramedic and Andy Chatton, Lifeboat crew member, were transfered over to the fishing boat to assess and administer first aid to the casualty.

Both crew members stayed on the fishing vessel with the casualty during it’s journey back to Sovereign Harbour where an ambulance was waiting to transfer him to hospital.

DATE TIME LAUNCHED WEATHER WIND SEA STATE VISIBILTY Stood down
REFUELED READY FOR SERVICE
04/01/2007
Dark

W

Force 8

rough
00.20 hrs

ALB Launch Number 1 (Standby)

Person in water by Redoubt Fortress.