Eastbourne inshore lifeboat (ILB) was launched on Sunday afternoon following multiple reports of sightings of red flares off Cooden 

The volunteer ILB crew were tasked by HM Coastguard to investigate. When on scene they encountered a small tender with one person aboard. The individual had apparently set out from Rye in company with another small vessel but had lost sight of his companion and became concerned. Upon further investigation by HM Coastguard it was established that the other vessel had turned back due to the adverse weather conditions and was safe. The ILB escorted the remaining tender into the safety of Sovereign Harbour.