Category: Callouts 2016

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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Eastbourne Lifeboat in mid channel rescue

Eastbourne’s all-weather lifeboat went to the assistance of the largest commercial fishing vessel in the Eastbourne fleet just before 7pm last evening  after it had suffered a catastrophic engine failure 19 miles south-east of its home port of  Sovereign Harbour. Royal Sovereign was returning to port fully laden after several days at sea when its main engine failed whilst crossing the busy shipping lanes in the Dover Straits. Drifting out of control the skipper requested assistance from Dover Coastguard who immediately requested the launch of Eastbourne’s powerful Tamar Class lifeboat Diamond Jubilee. Within an hour of launching, the lifeboat...

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A training exercise with our All Weather Lifeboat ,Inshore Lifeboat ,Dover Coastguard and the coastguard Rescue Helicopter 163 from Lydd came to an abrupt end when all units were tasked to an incident at Beachy Head yesterday afternoon Tuesday 18th April. A body was recovered by the Coastguard Helicopter and flown to Eastbourne DGH. ...

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