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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Eastbourne RNLI’s inshore lifeboat launched at 7.20pm last night following reports that a male person had jumped from Eastbourne pier and was showing signs of cold water shock

Members of the public were concerned when they witnessed the vulnerable 27 year old jump from the pier and immediately began to suffer in the cold water. He managed to clamber up the pier supports before screaming for help. HM Coastguard received several 999 calls and requested the immediate launch of the inshore lifeboat (ILB). The volunteer lifeboat crew assembled and were quickly on scene. The casualty was taken aboard the ILB and transferred to the beach where he was passed into the care of waiting police, coastguard and ambulance personnel.
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Community Lifesaving at Eastbourne RNLI. ...

A good crowd turned up yesterday to practice making dummy DSC distress calls on the closed circuit system. They learnt not only how to make them but what to do when their set receives one . The tuition was expertly given by RNLI area trainer/assessor Dave Needham ( also volunteer crew member in Eastbourne) who was assisted by Eastbourne coxswain Mark Sawyer and volunteer crew member Alan Simister in the Lifeboat Station at Sovereign Harbour. Everyone enjoyed the friendly , relaxed atmosphere and after the 'hands on' session went away feeling confident that they knew what to do should the need arise. Members who missed this opportunity will have another chance in the early autumn when the course will be run again due to popular demand.

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Eastbourne RNLI surprised 6 year old RNLI supporter James during his birthday party . 😃 ...

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