Eastbourne RNLI Volunteer Inshore Lifeboat launches to assist injured walker

Lifeboats News Release

Eastbourne RNLI's volunteer crew were paged just after 7pm on Sunday 13 June after passers by found a woman with a leg injury near Cow Gap and raised the alarm.

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Crew returning with inshore lifeboat
The inshore lifeboat arrived shortly after and the crew administered first aid and assessed the situation. They were joined by local coastguards and the decision was made that an airlift by the HM Coastguard helicopter was the safest way to rescue the casualty, who was unable to walk.

The Coastguard helicopter airlifted the casualty to Eastbourne Hospital. The inshore lifeboat crew then returned to the station shortly before 10pm and prepared the boat in case it was needed again.

'When we arrived the casualty was quite far up the beach with the tide still going out. As the casualty was unable to walk and the light was fading we felt the quickest and safest way to rescue the casualty was to call in the coastguard helicopter.' said Alex Emberley, who was on helm for the call.

The volunteer crew were; Alex Emberley, Clive Collict, Aaron Stevenson and Michael Wishman

Media Contacts:

Daniel Baldock, Eastbourne RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer (07895) 369688 Daniel_Baldock@rnli.org.uk Daniel-Baldock@hotmail.co.uk

Craig Robinson, Eastbourne RNLI Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer (07956) 638924 craig.robinson96@gmail.com

Paul Dunt, RNLI Regional Media Officer London London and South East (07785) 296252 paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk

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Inshore lifeboat being recovered

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