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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A couple of great shots sent in courtesy of Gordon Barnes of both our lifeboats during Airbourne. ...

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Congratulations to Dean Parker a volunteer crew member on our All Weather Lifeboat and Inshore Lifeboat here at Eastbourne RNLI. He had his D Class Inshore Lifeboat Helmsman assessment today and really happy to announce that he passed and is now a qualified Inshore Lifeboat Helmsman. Well done Dean really proud for you. ...

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Massive thanks and respect to our volunteer crew over the next four days who have taken holidays and unpaid leave from their jobs so that they can give their time crewing both the Eastbourne Lifeboats as part of the safety cover during the show. ...

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The All Weather Lifeboat "Diamond Jubilee" is now returning back to Sovereign Harbour. The missing person has been found safe by local Coastguards . ...

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Eastbourne All Weather Lifeboat has launched on service , our volunteer crews pagers went off at 7.30 this morning. ...

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