Eastbourne RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat was involved in a mercy dash last night to assist an injured trawlerman aboard a Belgian fishing vessel 16 miles offshore from Sovereign Harbour   

The 36 metre Mare Nostru was fishing between the busy shipping lanes off Eastbourne when a crewman crushed his hand whilst hauling nets. In need of urgent medical attention the vessel’s skipper contacted Dover Coastguard to request assistance. Eastbourne’s new Tamar class lifeboat was soon under way using all of her 26 knot capability to rush to the casualty. The injured crewman was taken aboard Diamond Jubilee and into the care of Dr Steven Lytton and ambulance technician Rachel Pratt. Once back in Sovereign Harbour the casualty was passed to a waiting ambulance and taken to Eastbourne DGH. The lifeboat was refuelled and ready for service at 1am.

Video clip of rescue (sorry the link is a bit convoluted).  http://rnli.org/Pages/Video-Details.aspx?VideoItemID=nHTgh5Sh