Category: Callouts 2017

Eastbourne RNLI launches in challenging conditions

Eastbourne’s all-weather lifeboat was launched at 01.30 last night in some of the worst sea conditions experienced by the volunteer crew for many years when a crewman aboard a Belgium trawler sustained a broken leg and required evacuating to hospital for treatment. The lifeboat was tasked along with a coastguard rescue helicopter to rendezvous with the trawler 18 miles offshore to collect the injured crewman and return him to shore. Having had several days of gale force winds the sea conditions on scene was extremely hazardous with strong winds and a 4 metre swell. These conditions were outside the...

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Cold weekend for Eastbourne lifeboat crew

An unseasonably busy weekend for the volunteer crew of Eastbourne Lifeboats saw them launch five times plus an additional standby in temperatures hovering around freezing in a biting Northerly wind.  At 19.42 on Friday evening the inshore lifeboat (ILB) was requested to launch to conduct a shoreline search for a missing person, thought to be in distress, last seen on the clifftop at Beachy Head. A full scale search followed which involved local coastguard teams, a police helicopter and the search and rescue helicopter from Gosport. With nothing found and the helicopters running short of fuel the search was...

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Midnight callout for Eastbourne Lifeboat

 Eastbourne’s all-weather lifeboat Diamond Jubilee was called upon last night (4 Oct) to assist an historic 105 tonne sailing vessel which was dragging its anchor in gale force winds off Sovereign Harbour Earlier in the day the 102ft brigantine square rigger Lady of Avenel had sailed from Poole in Dorset for an overnight stay in Sovereign Harbour. On her approach to harbour she suffered engine failure and was unable to enter the shelter of the marina unaided. The crew dropped anchor off Langney Point whilst they endeavoured to make repairs. With the strong SW wind forecast to increase to...

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Eastbourne lifeboat searches for windsurfer

Following several 999 calls to HM Coastguard on Tuesday evening (12 Sept) Eastbourne lifeboats were requested to launch to investigate an object, possibly a person, in the water off Langney Point.  With gale force winds forecast by the Met. Office it was decided to launch Eastbourne’s all-weather lifeboat to investigate. The volunteer crew along with local coastguards conducted a thorough search of the area with nothing found. Having later been informed the object was seen moving against the tide it was assumed to be one of the seals which have taken up residence in Sovereign Harbour. Whilst returning to...

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Toxic haze prompts Lifeboat Launch

Sunday proved to be a very long day for the volunteer crew of Eastbourne Lifeboats. Starting shortly after midnight when tasked to assist with the recovery of a deceased person from a car at the foot of cliffs and finishing late into the evening checking the shoreline after a toxic haze drifted along the coast.   The crew pagers were sounded at midnight (27 Aug) after a car was seen to have been driven over the cliffs near Beachy Head. Both Eastbourne lifeboats joined forces with police and other rescue services including local coastguard, fire service and ambulance teams...

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09:00 Win a Car Charity Raffle @ Eastbourne Arndale Centre
Win a Car Charity Raffle @ Eastbourne Arndale Centre
Dec 21 @ 09:00 – 19:00
Eastbourne Arndale Centre is currently holding the 18th Win a Car Charity Raffle.  The main prize is a brand, new Suzuki Celerio worth £7,500.  There will also be 10 additional winners of £25 vouchers for[...]
10:00 Lady Crabtree entertains @ The Langham Hotel
Lady Crabtree entertains @ The Langham Hotel
Jan 12 @ 10:00 – 12:00
Members Meetings Members of the Eastbourne and District Fundraising Branch of the RNLI meeting on the 2nd Friday of the month (except in August and December) for a social event.  There is tea and coffee[...]

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Thank you to everyone who put some money in our collection buckets at Langney Shopping Centre today, we raised £215.48 towards saving lives at sea. Also thank you to our wonderful fundraisers who do a fantastic job. 😀 ...

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Come along to Sovereign Shines Friday 15th Dec 5pm to 7pm at The Waterfront Sovereign Harbour . See Father Christmas arrive by lifeboat at 5.30 pm. Hope to see you there 😊🎄🎅🏼⚓️ ...

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RNLI Eastbourne shared Marine Accident Investigation Branch's RNLI 'PFD Useless Unless Worn' social media video. ...

MAIB are excited to have been able to assist RNLI with this important project. See what happens when you put fishermen from around the coast into a cold, choppy pool without lifejackets. This is why they are useless unless worn

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A small bit of footage from last nights call out to an injured crew man off a Belgium trawler. ...

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