Eastbourne RNLI tasked to assist people cut off by tide

Lifeboats News Release

Eastbourne RNLI’s D class inshore lifeboat was conducting routine crew training off Pevensey Bay this morning 10 October when they were tasked by HM Coastguard to reports of four people and dog cut off by the incoming tide off the beach at Bexhill just after 1030am.

Dave and Ryan Needham both dressed in inshore lifeboat gear stood in front of the lifeboat

RNLI/Daniel Baldock

Dave and Ryan Needham after shout

Due to the urgent nature of the call the volunteer crew made their way as quickly as possible to the location where they found the casualties on a rocky outcrop with water lapping at their feet. The crew helped the casualties and the dog board the lifeboat and took them safely ashore near the De La Warr pavilion in Bexhill. Once they were safe the crew returned to training before returning to station and making the boat ready for launch again.

It was a special shout for two of the crew, two weeks after they had switched roles and Ryan Needham had been on his first shout and his dad Dave Needham had been shore-crew they were out on the Lifeboat together for the first time.

'Being out on the boat with my dad is something I was looking forward to and I can now say I’ve been on a shout with him.' Ryan said when they got back.

The crew were Dave Needham, Ryan Needham, Alex Emberley and Clive Collict

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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Dave Needham using hosepipe to clean sea water off Ryan's waterproofs

RNLI/Daniel Baldock

Dave hosing Ryan down
Lifeboat in its trailer with crew around it

RNLI/Daniel Baldock

Crew returning to shore
Lifeboat in the water with crew around it

RNLI/Daniel Baldock

Leaving for training

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