Stranded kayakers plucked from beach by Eastbourne lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

Eastbourne’s all-weather lifeboat was scrambled yesterday evening (19 May) following reports that three kayakers were washed ashore and had become trapped by the incoming tide.

Photo of the casualties disembarking the Y boat.


The casualties disembarking the Y boat.

The volunteer lifeboat crew were requested to launch at 6.32pm by HM Coastguard following several reports from the public that a group of kayakers had got into difficulties and had been washed ashore.

The group had paddled down the river to Cuckmere haven and decided to continue their adventure out to sea. Lacking suitable equipment and experience they were soon overwhelmed by the choppy sea conditions with one of the party being washed out of his craft and the others making desperate attempts to conduct a rescue.

Fortunately the party managed to scramble ashore only to realise they were trapped by the incoming tide. When on scene the all-weather lifeboat launched its Y class inflatable (a small rib designed to operate in shallow water).

The cold and frightened group were quickly ferried back to the ALB where a medical assessment was made; they were then taken to a place of safety.

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
  • Paul Dunt, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East) on : 0207 6207426 Mob: 07785 296252

For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

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