Category: Callouts 2017

Engine failure rescues for Eastbourne Lifeboat

The current spate of rescues due to engine failure continues for the volunteer crew of Eastbourne lifeboat. Over the weekend Eastbourne’s all-weather lifeboat (ALB) was requested by HM Coastguard to assist with three vessels that had suffered some form of mechanical failure. During last week the ALB responded to two other calls for assistance from boats with engine failure. With the volunteer crew entering what is traditionally their busiest period Terry Colbran, Eastbourne Lifeboat Community Safety Officer, has urged all boaters to ensure their vessel is adequately maintained and to remember the RNLI’s top tips before going to sea, namely...

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Lifeboat assists yacht caught in fishing gear

Eastbourne’s all-weather lifeboat launched this morning at 06.30 (1 August) to assist an 11 metre yacht which had got entangled in fishing gear outside Sovereign Harbour   The yacht with two people on board had just left harbour on passage to Dover when it got entangled in fishing gear within a mile of the harbour entrance. Rope cutters on the yachts propeller cut away some of the obstruction but the rudder remained jammed which rendered the yacht’s steering inoperative. Soon on scene two volunteer crewmen from the lifeboat were transferred to the disabled vessel and secured an alongside tow....

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Double call-out for Eastbourne Lifeboat

For the second time in a day Eastbourne all-weather lifeboat (ALB) was launched to assist yachts with engine failure attempting to enter Sovereign Harbour  Initially the ALB was launched at the request of HM Coastguard to assist a 14 metre yacht that was on passage to take part in the forthcoming Fastnet Yacht Race. The yacht had suffered an engine failure and was unable to negotiate the restricted space of the harbour entrance. Whilst the vessel was being towed to the marina another request was received by the volunteer lifeboat crew to help a 10 metre yacht which had an overheating engine. With the first casualty safely secured in the marina locks the ALB returned to collect the second...

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ALB Search for Windsurfer

Our dedicated volunteer crew were paged this evening at 8pm and requested to launch All Weather Lifeboat  Diamond Jubilee after reports of a ‘wind surfer or small yacht’ in trouble off Langney Point. Following a comprehensive search of the area between Pevensey Bay and Eastbourne Pier with nothing found it was assumed the first informant had seen members of the local sailing club returning to their base. The Lifeboat was stood down and returned to station and ready for service at 9.45pm, a busy 24 hours for the volunteer crew with special thanks to crew member Dave Cocklin who started and ended his birthday with lifeboat call...

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Search for missing person

Our all-weather lifeboat was launched at 1am last night (26 July) in search of a woman who had been reported as missing earlier on Tuesday after she failed to return home after a visit to the Seven Sisters to take photographs. With Newhaven lifeboat off service the volunteer crew were tasked to conduct a shoreline search from Cuckmere to Seaford. After an exhaustive search with nothing found the crew were stood down and returned to station at...

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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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