Category: Callouts 2017

Lifeboat rescues six from shipping lanes

Eastbourne all weather lifeboat was tasked on Saturday afternoon to rescue six deep sea anglers 18 miles from harbour when their vessel suffered a catastrophic mechanical failure.   The 28ft vessel based in Sovereign Harbour was 18 miles south of Eastbourne with six people on board when it lost all propulsion. It’s position in the busy shipping lanes of the Dover Strait make it vulnerable to collision from commercial traffic which constantly traverses the area. In less than an hour the volunteer lifeboat crew had assembled and were on scene where a towline was attached to the stricken vessel and...

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Eastbourne Lifeboat rescues 120 tonne vessel

The volunteer crew of Eastbourne lifeboat were paged at 1.30pm on Friday to assist the largest vessel in the local commercial fishing fleet which had lost all power when its propeller became obstructed.  The 120 tonne Royal Sovereign was working six miles offshore when ropes became entangled around the propeller of the single engine anchoring the vessel to the seabed. Unable to manoeuvre or clear the obstruction the crew had no option but to request assistance. The Royal Sovereign’s sister ship Beachy Head which was also working in the area came to assist and managed to cut Royal Sovereign...

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Eastbourne Lifeboat in mid channel rescue

Eastbourne and Dungeness lifeboats were involved in a multi-agency rescue yesterday when an open rib with nine people on board was reported as being in difficulties 26 miles east of Sovereign Harbour.  Earlier in the day, Dungeness and Dover lifeboats, along with coastguard rescue helicopter 163 were tasked to search for the rib in the busy shipping lanes of the English Channel. Once located, the casualties who had been adrift all night in severe weather conditions were in need of urgent medical assessment so to avoid delay in towing the rib back to harbour it was decided to task...

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Eastbourne Lifeboat recues stranded anglers

On Friday (12th Jan)Eastbourne’s all-weather lifeboat Diamond Jubilee went to the assistance of a 38ft charter fishing vessel which had suffered engine failure 13 miles South West of Sovereign Harbour.  The vessel with eight anglers on board was heading towards fishing grounds in the English Channel when the engine suffered a catastrophic failure. With no propulsion and in water too deep to safely anchor they had no alternative but to call for assistance. With no other vessel in the area capable of helping, Solent Coastguard eventually requested the assistance of the volunteer crew of Eastbourne Lifeboat. When the lifeboat arrived...

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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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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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