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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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Final Eastbourne Lifeboat Regatta Presentation

Eastbourne lifeboat regatta is to end in its current format with the final cheque presentation taking place recently at the lifeboat station at Sovereign Harbour   The Eastbourne Regatta was started back in 2004 by Mark Robinson and Mark Sawyer, second coxswain and coxswain of Eastbourne Lifeboat, with help from members of their crew and other volunteers. Mark coordinated lifeboat crew and their friends and families in helping stage the event which over the ten years generated in excess of £80,000 for the RNLI. The event has been supported by Bates Wharf, Premier Marinas, Harveys Brewery from Lewes and Mercedes Benz of Eastbourne. Additional funds were raised through revenue generated by advertising and sponsorship of the races by a great number of local businesses. Attending the cheque presentation were Simon Yates from Harveys and Graeme Dengate from Mercedes. Presenting the cheque Mark Robinson said: “I would like to thank everyone, especially the crew and their wives and families that have helped run this event and so raise funds for our lifeboat station. There are too many to mention individually but a big thank you to everyone. I would also like to thank all the companies that have supported the event through advertising, sponsorship or providing help in other ways. With the development of the remaining sites on the harbour it is time to call it a day for the event...

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RNLI rescue figures reveal a busy 2014 for Sussex volunteer lifeboat crews

Lifeboat crews along the coast of Sussex were kept busy in 2014, according to figures released by the RNLI charity today (28 January). Collectively, crew from the eight lifeboat stations in the area launched on 442 rescue missions last year, to attend a wide range of incidents including commercial vessels in trouble, distressed fishermen, swimmers, and leisure marine users. Overall the crew rescued a total of 453 people. Of those, 17 people were given first aid, and 9 incidents were classed as “lives saved” – a specific RNLI criteria where a person would have most likely died if not for the RNLI rescuing them. The busiest lifeboat station in the county was Eastbourne, launching 120 times and rescuing 131 people, making it the RNLI’s second busiest coastal lifeboat station in 2014 (the busiest was Poole, Dorset).  The figures also show that more than a third of the lifeboat launches (177 launches) in Sussex were after nightfall – when many people are safely at home, in the pub or driving their cars, our volunteer crews launch into the unknown to assist those in distress. Allen Head, Divisional Operations Manager for the RNLI, said: ‘Yet again our volunteers have had a very busy 12 months. 2014 was the warmest year on record for the UK, but conversely the winter storms of January and February brought damaging winds and inland and coastal flooding....

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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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