Councillor Dowling and his wife Clare were given a tour of the lifeboat station and taken afloat in the all-weather lifeboat (ALB) on a training exercise. The ALB met up with Eastbourne RNLI’s inshore lifeboat and rendezvoused with Newhaven lifeboat off Beachy Head which coincidentally had The Lord Lieutenant of Sussex, Peter Field aboard.
On returning to station Councillor Dowling presented The Queens Diamond Jubilee medal to shore based crew members who had not received their medals in last summers’ presentation. During the presentation Councillor praised the work of the RNLI and commended the commitment of the volunteer crew. As the medal ceremony was drawing to a close, the ALB was tasked to assist a local yacht which had become temporarily fouled in fishing gear south of Sovereign Harbour.