Eastbourne inshore lifeboat was launched this morning (sat) following reports from members of the public that a seal was in difficulties off one of Eastbourne’s bathing beaches.
The watch officer at Dover Coastguard received several calls from anxious members of the public when a seal was spotted some 50 metres offshore apparently in difficulties and possibly caught up in fishing nets. In consultation with the lifeboat launching authority it was decided to launch the ILB to investigate. Initially the volunteer lifeboat crew found nothing but after several sweeps of the area the seal broke surface to enquire what all the fuss was about. After a brief frolic with the crew it happily returned to its prime objective of catching a fish for its lunch. The lifeboat crew returned to station happy in the knowledge that the casualty was fit and well.