Category: Callouts 2016

Person cut off by tide

Both boats were diverted from Sunday morning’s crew training exercises to search for a person or persons reported to be cut off by the rising tide between Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters, Coastguard rescue helicopter 163 was also tasked by Solent Coastguard. The helicopter lifted one person from the beach whilst the lifeboats conducted a comprehensive search of the shoreline. With no other casualty found both boats returned to their...

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Distressed yachtsmen rescued by Eastbourne Lifeboat

Eastbourne’s all-weather lifeboat launched late last night in response to a distress call from the crew of a passing yacht which was drifting dangerously close to the busy shipping lanes in the Dover Straits. Whilst 10 miles offshore the four person crew aboard their Dutch registered 45ft yacht became anxious when the wind dropped and the engine of their vessel became seriously overheated and had to be shut down. Drifting perilously close to the busy shipping lanes they were conscious of the danger they were in from large ships passing at speed in the darkness. In desperation they contacted...

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Local firms giant leap for Eastbourne Lifeboats

  Local sheet metal fabricators Airtrace have been busy raising funds for Eastbourne Lifeboats culminating in two of its directors jumping out of an aircraft at 10,000 feet.   Directors, Linda Warwick and Jason Pearson actually did the skydiving stunt over Headcorn, ably assisted by their partners Tony and Tracy with sponsorship of £1190 coming from work colleagues, friends and family. Jason says he is now hooked and is determined to get the required qualifications to be able to go solo. Meanwhile Tracy and Tony have yet to be convinced that jumping out of a perfectly serviceable aircraft is a...

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Disabled yacht rescued by Eastbourne Lifeboat

A lone sailor got into difficulties on Monday evening when his 10 metre yacht suffered an engine failure and was drifting helplessly in the wind and tide  The yachtsman had set out earlier in the day with the intention of returning to his home port of Newhaven but an engine failure shortly after leaving Eastbourne forced a change of plan. With insufficient wind to make headway and having spent two hours attempting to rectify the engine problem, he called Dover Coastguard for assistance. Eastbourne all-weather lifeboat launched shortly after 5pm and located the stricken yacht 4 miles South-West of...

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Eastbourne Lifeboats in action over the weekend

The volunteer crew of both Eastbourne Lifeboats were kept busy over the weekend with two callouts, a long tow back to safety and keeping a watchful eye on competitors taking part in an open water swimming event.  On Saturday morning a 44ft yacht with four people on board reported an engine failure whilst attempting to enter Sovereign Harbour. Eastbourne all-weather lifeboat (ALB) launched to assist and towed the casualty into the marina locks. On Sunday morning the crew had just completed their training exercise when a real emergency call was received via Dover Coastguard. A 26ft angling vessel with...

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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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