Eastbourne RNLI joined by Coastguard helicopter Rescue 163 on training exercise

Lifeboats News Release

Eastbourne RNLI's volunteer crew launched at 10am on Sunday 3 October on a routine training exercise. As they returned to the harbour, HM Coastguard helicopter Rescue 163 who were also out on a training exercise, made radio contact and requested to conduct a winching exercise.

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Lifeboat with Rescue 163
The weather conditions allowed it happen and both the all-weather lifeboat and the Rescue helicopter set about preparing for a practice winch from the helicopter to the deck of the all-weather boat and then practice winching from the deck of the boat back to the helicopter.

'It was unexpected but as we work closely with the Coastguard Rescue Helicopter we were happy to adjust our training plans and join them for a winching exercise.' Coxswain Mark Sawyer said afterwards.

'We regularly work closely with HM Coastguard to transfer casualties from the lifeboat to the helicopter, or take crew from the helicopter on board the lifeboard, so the more practice we have at this the more prepared we are to save lives at sea during a real emergency',

Media Contacts:

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

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

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Rescue 163 with All Weather boat

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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.

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