Category: Callouts 2017

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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Airbourne keeps Eastbourne Lifeboats busy

In addition to being afloat on standby duty for the duration of the Eastbourne Airbourne air display weekend the volunteer crew of Eastbourne lifeboats were also called upon to deal with a number of emergencies  On Thursday morning at 07.30, before the air display got started, both boats were requested to launch to assist in the search for a missing person last seen in the Beachy Head area. Fortunately the person was found safe and well by police officers and the lifeboats were stood down. Sunday proved to be the busiest day of the weekend. At 10.00 both boats...

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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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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

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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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