Category: Callouts 2012

Both Eastbourne lifeboats in Sunday action

Both RNLI Eastbourne lifeboats were in action on Sunday (18 May) to rescue a disabled yacht off Beachy Head and an angling boat with engine failure.  With Sovereign Harbour experiencing one of its busiest days of the year so far with hundreds of sailors taking advantage of the beautiful sunshine, it didn’t come as too much of a shock that Eastbourne lifeboats would be called into action. Just after 14.00hrs. Dover Coastguard were contacted by the crew of a 10 metre yacht to say they had run out of fuel and were unable to sail due to lack of wind whilst rounding Beachy Head. Eastbourne’s all-weather lifeboat (ALB) was requested to launch to their assistance. With the disabled yacht under tow heading back to Sovereign Harbour, the volunteer lifeboat crew spotted an elderly angler in a 6 metre boat slowly rowing his craft off Langney Point. The ALB pulled alongside to enquire if all was well. The angler was unable to start his outboard engine and was having difficulty rowing the heavy vessel and gladly accepted the offer of help. Dover Coastguard was alerted and Eastbourne’s inshore lifeboat (ILB) was launched to assist. The ALB returned the stricken yacht to Sovereign Harbour and the ILB towed the angling boat back to the Angling Club beach at Fisherman’s...

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Mayor visits Eastbourne Lifeboat station

The Mayor of Eastbourne, Councillor Mike Thompson visited Eastbourne lifeboats this weekend to mark his second year of office.    During the weekend visit Councillor Thompson met the volunteer crew and took the opportunity to present a long service award to crewman Paul Rogers. After a tour of the station with Operations Manager Paul Metcalfe, Councillor Thompson accompanied the volunteer crew for a training exercise aboard the all-weather lifeboat Diamond Jubilee, taking the helm as they made their way to Beachy Head. During the visit Councillor Thompson thanked the crew on behalf of the community for their lifesaving...

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Official lifeboats launch statistics issued by RNLI

The official launch statistics issued today by the RNLI show Eastbourne lifeboats to be the second busiest coastal station throughout the UK and Ireland having been credited with 139 launches and rescuing 116 people.  Surprisingly the inshore lifeboat was called upon less than previous years with 66 callouts despite the glorious summer which tempted people onto the bathing beaches. One explanation why less people got into difficulties from the beaches has been put down to the fact that we had less offshore winds than usual during the year so less people were swept out to sea on inflatable bananas and the like. No particular trends have been identified although mechanical breakdowns remain one of the main reasons for lifeboat launches in our area. The volunteer crew has continued to be called to a variety of incidents ranging from the tragic to the downright comical. We have responded to requests for help from injured fisherman, people cut off by the tide, downed windsurfers and have even been called to assist a seal thought to be in difficulties. The crew, their families and their employers should all take credit for another year of dedication and commitment responding to the pagers day and night for 365...

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Crewman lands RNLI training job

Congratulations to Senior ILB Helmsman Dave Needham who has landed a prestigious new post at the RNLI College at Poole as a Crew Trainer. Unfortunately Poole’s gain is Eastbourne’s loss as Dave will now be based in Dorset. For the foreseeable future Dave’s family will remain in Eastbourne and Dave has promised to continue to help man Eastbourne lifeboats whenever...

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Long day for Eastbourne RNLI ends with a bang

A 35 mile round trip to assist two trawlers which had collided and entangled their nets and an unexploded Second World War bomb kept the volunteer crew of Eastbourne lifeboat at sea for almost 11 hours today. At 06.44 Eastbourne RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat (ALB) was requested to launch by Dover Coastguard when it was reported that two trawlers, one from Holland and one from France, had a near collision 17 miles offshore which resulted in their towed fishing gear becoming entangled. As a precautionary measure the lifeboat was tasked to assist if required. The two trawlers eventually managed to disentangle their gear without assistance. When a later routine call from Dover Coastguard resulted in a failed communication with the Dutch vessel ‘Zuiderkruiz’ another alert was raised. Once more the volunteer crew of Eastbourne lifeboat was re-tasked to investigate. Back on scene it became evident that despite slight damage from the collision all was well aboard the trawler and the reason for their lack of response to Dover Coastguard was that all crew members were on deck repairing their damaged fishing gear. Before the ALB crew had returned to harbour they were re-tasked to another incident three miles off Beachy Head when the beam trawler ‘Joanna C’ dredged up what was described as a torpedo in its nets. Once photographs were taken and transmitted to the appropriate authorities the object...

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Mark Sawyer our Coxswain and Dave Needham a deputy 2nd Coxswain/Helmsman here at Eastbourne RNLI were at The Lifeboat Station Saturday 14th October volunteering their time to run a training session to Sovereign Harbour Berth Holders on radio procedures and how to make a DSC distress call.
Whilst there they were fortunate to meet Ken Scott who was walking the coast of Britain to raise money for two charities one being The RNLI. Ken set off from his home in West Sussex in February 2017 and passed our boathouse on his final leg returning back to Shoreham October 16th.
Well done Ken on your great achievement.
You can see his adventures on www.facebook.com/coast17
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Saving Lives at Sea is on tonight as usual and on again tomorrow night Wednesday 18th Oct BBC 2 8pm as not being shown next Tuesday. ...

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Our volunteer crew have been paged and the Inshore Lifeboat has launched on service upon the request of Solent Coastguard to reports of persons in the water to the west of Eastbourne Pier (Sunday 15th October 3.25 am). ...

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Our volunteer crew have been paged and have launched the Inshore Lifeboat (Friday 13th October 11am) ...

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Our Fundraising Team will be at the Sainsbury's entrance of the Arndale Shopping Centre tomorrow ( Thursday 12th October) with their display stands. Pop along and say hello and show your support for the amazing work they do. 😊 ...

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