Busy days for Hastings RNLI inshore lifeboat
Hastings RNLI inshore lifeboat and its volunteer crew has had a busy few days, being asked to launch to three separate incidents.
The lifeboat launched on Thursday afternoon (July 19) to assist the ambulance service and the Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance with a patient they were treating on the beach just east of Ecclesbourne Glen, Hastings.
The casualty had suffered serious injuries, and the inshore lifeboat was used to transport them back to the lifeboat station. The lifeboat boat then went back to the scene to collect the remaining emergency services personnel, and some members of the public who were unable to get back any other way.
The inshore lifeboat and its volunteer crew were then asked to launch at 3.30am on Sunday morning (July 22), following reports of a person in the water on the east side of Hastings Pier. The lifeboat launched and were quickly on scene where they stood by, along with the Hastings Coastguard Rescue team, while the Police negotiated with the casualty.
He was eventually persuaded to come ashore and passed into the care of the local Ambulance Service. The lifeboat was then returned to station.
Finally, the lifeboat launched again on Sunday afternoon to assist Eastbourne’s RNLI lifeboat to help bring ashore an angling boat to the beach at East Hastings Sea Angling Association. The angling boat had suffered gearbox failure and as the crew unable to fix the problem, they called for help.
Eastbourne Lifeboat met the angling boat, established a tow and brought it back towards Hastings where the inshore rescue boat then assisted getting the vessel back on to the beach.
Hastings Lifeboat Operations Manager, Peter Adams said: ‘It has been a busy few days for our volunteer crews, being called out at all hours, to a range of incidents. After a run like this, you really begin to realise the hours of training the crews put is so important in preparing for when the pagers actually go off.’
Picture courtesy of RNLI Hastings Lifeboat Society Chairmen Sue & Stan Quinn.
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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, in a normal year, 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.