David answers the Mayday call twice in one day

Lifeboats News Release

David Sawyer is no stranger to answering Mayday calls as a part of the crew at Eastbourne Lifeboat station for the past six years, but on May 1 he answered a different Mayday call as he took on the RNLI Mayday Mile challenge with his partner Sara Hope, walking ten miles from the Belle Tout

David and Sara stood at the start of the walk. David in lifeboat kit and Sara in yellow wellies
David and Sara at the start of the walk

They were dropped off at 7am by David’s dad Mark Sawyer who is the Station Coxswain and were met at the station by Mark and members of the crew at just after 11am. David wore his All Weather boat kit for the walk and said afterwards. 'It was hot but enjoyable, we are already planning next year's one.'

The tagline for the RNLI's Mayday mile is can you answer the call and David showed he can when he responded to the pagers going off for both of Eastbourne's lifeboats just after 7pm to reports of a person in the water. He was out on the All Weather lifeboat 'Diamond Jubilee' alongside his dad Mark.

If you want to donate to David’s fundraiser you can find details here. https://rnli.enthuse.com/pf/the-yellow-wellies?fbclid=IwAR0NhQwN--jPOk3u2W1aAEn8gVFPSjv70wvVeZPlOerz47LjztPDZ50pV-U

Media Contacts:

Daniel Baldock, Eastbourne RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer (07895) 369688 [email protected]

Paul Dunt, RNLI Regional Media Officer London London and South East (07785) 296252 [email protected]

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David and Sara stood with members of Eastbourne lifeboat crew

RNLI/Daniel Baldock

David and Sara with crew at Eastbourne Lifeboat Station
David and Mark in full kit

RNLI/Daniel Baldock

David and Mark after the shout on Sunday night

RNLI/Daniel Baldock

Map of the route

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