Eastbourne’s all-weather lifeboat (ALB) launched on Saturday evening at 20.35 following a ‘Mayday’ distress call from a lone yachtsman who had suffered a head injury and whose vessel had mechanical problems.  

The yachtsman had set out from the East coast over 30 hours previously when his vessel suffered electrical problems which effected the navigation and self-steering equipment. To compound his problems he fell and knocked his head which left him dazed and confused. Not knowing his exact position he contacted HM Coastguard requesting urgent assistance giving his position as being somewhere between Eastbourne and Brighton. The volunteer crews of both Eastbourne and Newhaven lifeboats were requested to launch to search the area. Newhaven lifeboat located the casualty off Seaford Head and transferred the yachtsman and prepared to take his yacht under tow. Eastbourne ALB was soon on scene and transferred their station doctor across to Newhaven lifeboat to assess the casualty. The casualty and his vessel were then taken into Newhaven where the yachtsman was transferred to a waiting ambulance.

On Monday (18 June) both Eastbourne lifeboats were launched to assist HM Coastguard with the recovery of two bodies from the cliffs at Beachy Head.





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