Category: History in the making

Stephen Lloyd MP visits our station

Eastbourne lifeboats were pleased to welcome local MP Stephen Lloyd to the station yesterday to meet the crew and tour our all-weather lifeboat Diamond Jubilee.  Stephen met Coxswain Mark Sawyer and his volunteer crew and then joined them on a training exercise to Birling Gap. Mr Lloyd later said, “It was an absolute pleasure to go out with Eastbourne RNLI on Sunday. The boat really is absolutely stunning and with 39 calls outs already this year (including the inshore lifeboat this figure is 103), it needs to be!” He added: Thank you coxswain Mark and all the team for...

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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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ILB Returns Home

Inshore lifeboat Laurence and Percy Hobbs returned to station today after her refit at RNLI HQ. After transferring equipment from the relief boat she was returned to service at...

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Cold water shock for Eastbourne Pier jumper

Wedding celebrations for lifeboat Coxswain Mark Sawyer were briefly interrupted on Saturday afternoon when the volunteer crew were paged following reports that one of a group of revellers had got into difficulties after jumping from Eastbourne Pier Shortly after 2pm (Sat 25th June) the volunteer crew of Eastbourne’s inshore lifeboat (ILB) launched to assist a young man who had jumped from the pier and then clambered up the support structure to escape the cold water. Local lifeguards who witnessed the incident were on scene but were unable to persuade the individual to re-enter the water in order to be...

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30 year service award for Lifeboat crewman

Keith (‘Spud’) Murphy, crewman aboard Eastbourne RNLI lifeboats, has been awarded a commemorative badge to mark 30 years continuous service Keith first joined the Eastbourne lifeboat crew in 1984 and helped with the launching of the ‘Rother’ class all weather lifeboat ‘Duke of Kent’ from the beach at Fisherman’s Green. Since then he has been a crewman aboard all subsequent inshore and all-weather lifeboats associated with Eastbourne RNLI, up to the current state of the art ‘Tamar’ class all weather boat ‘Diamond Jubilee’. Keith stood down from active service at the end of 2013 but remains a shore helper at the Sovereign Harbour lifeboat...

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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 www.facebook.com/coast17
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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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