Friday threatened to herald a busy weekend for Eastbourne lifeboats when the crew pagers went off at 2am and then again later in the day, both occasions being false alarms with good intent. The only genuine call of the weekend was on Saturday afternoon when a windsurfer got into difficulties
Eastbourne’s inshore lifeboat was launched in the early hours of Friday morning when calls for help were heard by beach anglers in Pevensey Bay. After a thorough search, and after consultation with police on scene, it was established that the person had been drinking and had never actually entered the water and had left the scene before the lifeboat arrived. Later in the day both lifeboats were launched to search the shoreline following reports that two separate individuals who were feared to be in a distressed state had gone missing on the cliff tops at Beachy Head. Due to poor visibility in the area the coastguard rescue helicopter was unable to assist. Once again after a comprehensive search from Cow Gap to the Belle Toute lighthouse with nothing found the lifeboats were eventually stood down.
On Saturday afternoon a windsurfer got into difficulties in Pevensey Bay when the mast of his craft snapped. A lifeboat crewman who was enjoying a trip out on his jet ski came across the exhausted male and called the emergency services for assistance whilst standing by the casualty. Dover Coastguard requested the launch of Eastbourne inshore lifeboat which was quickly on scene. The windsurfer and his equipment were taken ashore by the volunteer crew.