Category: Callouts 2017

Eastbourne Lifeboat crew assist yachtsmen

HM Coastguard requested the assistance of the volunteer crew of Eastbourne lifeboats on Saturday morning when a yacht struck an underwater obstruction near the harbour entrance  Shortly after leaving Sovereign Harbour with four persons on board the yacht, bound for Boulogne, struck the submerged wreck of the SS Barnhill near the marina entrance. The sudden impact knocked the crew off their feet causing various injuries. The yacht’s skipper called for assistance from HM Coastguard who immediately requested the launch of Eastbourne’s all-weather lifeboat. Whilst the volunteer lifeboat crew were preparing to launch, the yacht’s skipper managed to manoeuvre his...

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Eastbourne Lifeboat assists disabled yacht

Eastbourne inshore lifeboat launched on Sunday afternoon (23 April) to assist a yacht back to Sovereign Harbour which had suffered engine failure  The skipper of the 30ft yacht contacted Sovereign Harbour shortly after 3pm whilst two miles south of the marina to report that his vessel had suffered an engine failure and that they were unable to enter the harbour entrance without assistance. With both marina locks operating at full capacity harbour staff were unable to assist so the request was passed to HM Coastguard, they in turn requested the launch of Eastbourne lifeboats. The volunteer inshore lifeboat crew...

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Eastbourne Lifeboat called to stranded yacht

A 30ft yacht with two persons on board ran aground in Norman’s Bay on Sat. Afternoon (8 April) and had to call upon the volunteer crew of Eastbourne lifeboat for assistance.  The yacht was close inshore on a falling tide and went aground on a sand bar in Norman’s bay. Unable to use their VHF radio the crew phoned Sovereign Harbour for assistance; the duty lock-keeper passed the information on to HM Coastguard. Eastbourne all-weather lifeboat (ALB) was requested to launch and was on scene shortly thereafter. The lifeboat’s ‘Y boat’ was launched (a two man rib stored under...

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Distress flares alert Eastbourne Lifeboat

Eastbourne’s inshore lifeboat (ILB) launched on Sunday afternoon following multiple reports from members of the public of red distress flares being fired a mile off Eastbourne pier.  The volunteer ILB crew were paged at 16.37 by HM Coastguard after they had received numerous 999 calls from members of the public who had been enjoying the sunshine on Eastbourne beach. Reports indicated that a cloud of black smoke was seen coming from a small speedboat followed by red flares approximately a mile off the pier. The ILB was quickly launched and sped towards the reported location. When on scene they...

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Eastbourne Lifeboat in pier rescue

Eastbourne RNLI’s inshore lifeboat launched at 7.20pm last night following reports that a male person had jumped from Eastbourne pier and was showing signs of cold water shock  Members of the public were concerned when they witnessed the 27 year old jump from the pier and immediately began to suffer in the cold water. He managed to clamber up the pier supports before screaming for help. HM Coastguard received several 999 calls and requested the immediate launch of the inshore lifeboat (ILB). The volunteer lifeboat crew assembled and were quickly on scene. The casualty was taken aboard the ILB...

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It was a busy day for Eastbourne RNLI today. This morning our All Weather Lifeboat Diamond Jubilee was lifted out the water for her routine hull inspection, as expected she passed with flying colours. Once she was safely back in the water it was then time to go to The Inshore Lifeboat station and take delivery of a relief D Class Lifeboat that will be on station while our D Class Lifeboat goes away for her three yearly refit. All equipment was quickly swapped over and made ready for service. Thank you to volunteer crew Alan Simister, Alex Emberley ,Craig Robinson and Jim Edwards for giving up time today to help Coxswain Mark Sawyer. ...

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Wow only 23 more likes to our facebook page and we have hit 4,000 . Lets see how long it takes to achieve this . Thankyou so much to all you wonderful people who follow and support us all at Eastbourne RNLI. 😊 ...

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For this morning's exercise our All Weather Lifeboat and Inshore Lifeboat met up with our friends from Newhaven Lifeboat for a training exercise in reduced visibility 1 mile south of Beachy Head . This included navigation , radar and towing . As always a pleasure to meet up with our flank station. Thanks guys. 👍 ...

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