Early call for Eastbourne lifeboat crew
The volunteer crew of Eastbourne’s inshore lifeboat were paged to launch at 05.00 on Sunday morning to reports of a person in the water near Eastbourne Pier.
A male person in a very distressed state had entered the icy water and as the lifeboat arrived he was washed ashore. The lifeboat crew made an initial assessment of the man’s condition before he was handed into the care of the waiting emergency services.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.