A busy Pride weekend for our volunteers
Pride this year proved busy for the volunteer crew of Brighton Lifeboat, with the lifeboat being called four times across the evening as well as encouraging party-goers to stay safe by staying out of the sea around high tide.
The crew’s first call out (5:50pm) followed concerns for a man by the donut groyne along Brighton seafront. Following assistance from the police, the Brighton lifeboat was beached and medical care given by the crew until South East Coast Ambulance Service arrived'.
Our second call was at 9:05pm to a missing swimmer by the West Pier upon launching it was established the missing swimmer was safely on-shore and the lifeboat was stood down.
Callout 3 was at 9:25pm to a broken-down yacht just South of Brighton Marina, the lifeboat was able to secure a tow-line and tow the vessel back to Brighton Marina.
Our final call was at 10:25pm to a missing person last seen near the water’s edge by the donut groyne. A search was carried out until 10:45pm when the police confirmed the lady was found safe and well on-shore.
Due to high tide being at 2:00am Brighton lifeboat launched to patrol Brighton’s shoreline along with Brighton Beach Patrol and Shoreham Coastguard to ensure party-goers stayed out of the sea whist enjoying their Pride weekend. The lifeboat was out at sea from 1:00am – 2:30am.
Roger Cohen Station Manager of Brighton Lifeboat said ‘Saturday night was a busy a evening for our volunteer crew which saw four of our crew stay on station throughout the night to ensure the lifeboat was ready a moments notice to help anyone in need.’
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, 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.