Both Eastbourne RNLI’s lifeboats were launched on Saturday morning (29 Oct) to two separate incidents within 20 minutes of each other 

The first call to service, requested by Dover Coastguard, was following a report from Police Helicopter H900 that two people were apparently cut off by the flooding tide on the beach below the cliffs at Beachy Head. When on scene the Eastbourne inshore lifeboat volunteer crew found that the couple were well aware of the tidal situation and were content to wait until their exit from the area was safe.

In the second incident, just 20 minutes later, Eastbourne RNLI’s all weather lifeboat was launched to assist a small angling boat which had become entangled in discarded fishing nets three miles off Sovereign Harbour. Once on scene volunteer crewman Tim Guy was transferred to the casualty vessel to rig a towline. The vessel was then returned to the safe water of the outer harbour where a workboat took over the tow and returned it to its berth.