Concerned onlookers alerted Dover Coastguard to a sailing dinghy with two people on board which appeared to be in difficulties whilst sailing in Eastbourne Bay 

Following several knockdowns, observers on the beach became worried that the sailors were having trouble controlling their craft in the strong south-westerly winds and alerted HM Coastguard. In the absence of a safety boat Eastbourne RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was launched to ensure that the youngsters were able to cope with the prevailing conditions. Having established that the sailors were in no immediate danger the ILB stood by whilst the dinghy was sailed to safer waters closer inshore.