Eastbourne lifeboats still busy under lockdown

Lifeboats News Release

Despite additional safety measures being implemented for the volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew they have still maintained a constant lifesaving presence along our stretch of coastline with two more callouts over the weekend.

Photo of the Eastbourne RNLI at sea during the search.

RNLI/Pete Abel

The Eastbourne RNLI lifeboat during the search.

On Saturday evening (24 June) the all-weather lifeboat (ALB) was launched after concerned witnesses saw what appeared to be “a number of people” entering the water at the entrance to Sovereign Harbour and not seen to return ashore.

A major search was instigated including the ALB, two local coastguard teams, the police and a coastguard rescue helicopter. After an exhaustive scan from Langney Point to Norman’s Bay using thermal imaging equipment and established search techniques with nothing found the combined operation was finally called off after several hours. There have been no subsequent reports of missing people.

Having returned to their homes, the volunteer ALB crew were again paged just before midnight to assist police and coastguard teams with an incident on the beach near the Wish tower. This launch was cancelled as the lifeboat was about to leave the harbour locks when an individual was apprehended under the pier.

To date this year Eastbourne RNLI’s two lifeboats have been lunched a total of 55 times (ILB 35, ALB 20)18 of these during lockdown. Under guidance from professional organisations many of the call-outs, particularly the ones involving the ILB, have not been publicised due to the very sensitive nature of the incidents. Tribute has been paid to the dedication of the volunteer crew in these difficult times.

Notes to editors

Eastbourne has celebrated over 185 years as a lifeboat station and currently operates an all-weather Tamar Class lifeboat ‘Diamond Jubilee’ and an inshore D-Class lifeboat ‘Laurence and Percy Hobbs’.

RNLI media contacts for more information please contact:

  • Bob Jeffery, Eastbourne RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07802 878017 [email protected]
  • Paul Dunt, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East) on : 0207 6207426 Mob: 07785 296252

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