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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Upcoming Events

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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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Pictures from Sunday mornings training exercise. Pictures courtesy of Ryan Needham. ...

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Our All Weather Lifeboat and her volunteer crew are currently out on a shout. Monday 12th March 09.45 hrs. ...

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