Ian Stringer receives his award from Councillor Belsey

Ian Stringer receives his award from Councillor Belsey

An award presentation to a crewman, entertaining the Chairman of East Sussex County Council, a demonstration for Sky TV and a callout, all in a busy weekend for the volunteer crew of Eastbourne lifeboats.

On Friday Deputy Second Coxswain Ian Stringer received an award in the Good Neighbour/Unsung Hero category at the Eastbourne Achievers Awards ceremony. Unable to attend the actual ceremony, Ian was presented with the award prior to Sunday’s training exercise from the Chairman of East Sussex County Council, Councillor Colin Belsey, who was visiting the station. Councillor Belsey, a long term supporter of Eastbourne Lifeboats, then joined the crew aboard Diamond Jubilee for a short trip along the coast.

Meanwhile the Fish4Kids event was being staged off the beach near the Eastbourne Angling Club with Sky TV in attendance. Both lifeboats staged a ‘man overboard’ demonstration for the competitors and their parents before continuing their training exercise off Beachy Head.

Later in the day a 35ft motor cruiser got into difficulties when it ran out of fuel dangerously close inshore. Initially the crew of the stricken vessel were unable to identify their exact position. The all-weather lifeboat was launched as Dover Coastguard continued in their endeavours to trace the vessel. Eventually they were found in a position close inshore off Hastings. As a result of obtaining this new information Eastbourne ALB was stood down and returned to station and our flank station at Hastings was tasked to deal with the emergency. The stricken motor cruiser was eventually towed into the safety of Sovereign Harbour.