The volunteer crew of Eastbourne’s inshore lifeboat were paged to launch at 05.00 on Sunday morning to reports of a person in the water near Eastbourne Pier.  

A male person in a very distressed state had entered the icy water and as the lifeboat arrived he was washed ashore. The lifeboat crew made an initial assessment of the man’s condition before he was handed into the care of the waiting emergency services.