Mark receives his 20 year service award from the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex with some of the crew and Mark’s family

A busy weekend for Eastbourne lifeboats saw the volunteer crew entertain the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex who presented a long service award to a crewman, rescue a stranded yacht and search for a casualty at Beachy Head.

The Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Mr Peter Field, visited Eastbourne lifeboats on Sunday to meet with the crew and present a 20 year long service award to Deputy Coxswain Mark Robinson. Following the presentation he joined Mark and the crew for a training exercise off Eastbourne.

During the exercise both boats were diverted from their training to attend two separate actual incidents. The inshore lifeboat was tasked to conduct a shoreline search at Beachy Head following the discovery of some clothing at the top of the cliffs at the notorious suicide spot. Fortunately on this occasion nothing was found. Meanwhile the all-weather lifeboat was requested to assist a local yacht which had got its propeller entangled in some rope. The yacht was taken under tow to the outer harbour where it was collected by the marina workboat.

Once ashore, slightly later than anticipated, the Lord Lieutenant thanked the volunteer crew and said he had thoroughly enjoyed the experience and was particularly pleased to be able to witness their impressive work at close quarters.