Category: Callouts 2013

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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Both boats diverted from crew training

Both boats were diverted from crew training exercises on Sunday to assist coastguard cliff rescue officers with the recovery of a body at Beachy Head. The coastguard officers were collected from the beach at Holywell by the inshore lifeboat and transferred to the waiting all-weather lifeboat as the sea conditions were too hazardous to traverse the notorious Beachy Head Ledge with passengers aboard. When both boats were in calmer waters the coastguard officers were put ashore by the ILB they then transferred the casualty to the ILB. The officers were then returned to the ALB and taken back to Sovereign Harbour. The casualty was taken ashore at the ILB station and passed into the care of the police...

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Flood Rescue team on standby

Three of Eastbourne lifeboat’s crewmen have been on standby over recent weeks in readiness for possible deployment to assist with potential inland flooding.  During the floods in 2000, when the towns of Uckfield and Lewes were devastated after the river Ouse burst its banks, teams from local RNLI coastal stations were asked to assist with the rescue and evacuation of people who had become trapped by rising water levels. Lessons learned during this and other deployments made it clear that operating in fast flowing inland flood water presented the crews with significantly different challenges to those experienced in the open sea. As a result, the RNLI Flood Rescue Team was formed. Members of this elite team are selected from existing fully trained lifeboat helmsman who have also undergone specialist training in swift water and flood rescue. During the recent alerts, two of the three Flood Rescue team members who are also volunteer crew members at Eastbourne, Paul Rogers and Dave Needham, were deployed to RNLI Divisional Headquarters at Ipswich from where they were sent to Lowestoft to assist with the predicted potentially damaging tidal surge. They joined RNLI colleagues from throughout the region ready to be despatched to trouble spots at a moment’s notice. In this latest instance their services were not required so after spending several nights sleeping on the hard floor of Lowestoft Fire Station they were...

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Eastbourne lifeboat in Beachy Head Search

An abandoned car at a notorious suicide location prompted the launch of Eastbourne’s inshore lifeboat (ILB) this morning  Concern was first raised with the discovery of an apparently abandoned car at Beachy Head. Fearing the worst outcome Dover Coastguard requested the launch of Eastbourne’s ILB to conduct a shoreline search of the area. Having completed the thorough search with nothing found the volunteer crew were stood down from service and returned to station shortly after...

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Upcoming Events

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09:00 Collection at Railway Station @ Eastbourne railway station
Collection at Railway Station @ Eastbourne railway station
Apr 10 @ 09:00 – 18:00
Eastbourne Railway Station concourse and outside on Ashford Road Volunteers will be collecting with buckets in this area to raise funds for our Eastbourne Lifeboats.
10:00 Quirky Sussex – Kevin Gordon @ Langham Hotel
Quirky Sussex – Kevin Gordon @ Langham Hotel
Apr 13 @ 10:00 – 12:00
£2 for Members, £3 for their guests and £5 for visitors Members meeting but open to guest and visitors. Kevin Gordon is a local historian with a lifelong interest in the history of Sussex.  He[...]

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