Extreme rescues for Eastbourne lifeboat
Sunday proved to be a very mixed day for the volunteer crew of Eastbourne Lifeboats. In the morning they assisted a crewman aboard a 36 metre beam trawler and in the afternoon rescued a small disabled yacht.
Whilst on a training exercise HM Coastguard requested the all-weather lifeboat to rendezvous with a Belgium trawler in Eastbourne Bay to help a crewman who had sustained a serious hand injury and required medical attention. The crewman was transferred to the ALB and taken to Sovereign Harbour where he was collected by the inshore lifeboat and taken ashore to a waiting ambulance.In the afternoon the crew were paged to assist a 26ft yacht which had fouled it’s propeller on abandoned fishing gear. A local fishing vessel had responded to the yachts call for help and taken it under tow to the harbour entrance. The ALB took over the tow and brought the disabled vessel into the safety of the marina locks.
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.