Following several 999 calls to HM Coastguard on Tuesday evening (12 Sept) Eastbourne lifeboats were requested to launch to investigate an object, possibly a person, in the water off Langney Point. 

With gale force winds forecast by the Met. Office it was decided to launch Eastbourne’s all-weather lifeboat to investigate. The volunteer crew along with local coastguards conducted a thorough search of the area with nothing found. Having later been informed the object was seen moving against the tide it was assumed to be one of the seals which have taken up residence in Sovereign Harbour. Whilst returning to station the crew received another report that a windsurfer was in difficulties in Pevensey Bay. A search was being conducted when the coastguards on scene located the windsurfer safely back on shore.

On Wednesday Eastbourne lifeboats took delivery of a new “Bobcat” inshore lifeboat launch and recovery vehicle, this to replace the existing unit which has seen 10 years of service and has now been returned to HQ for refurbishment.