Donate now

Overdue Base jumper leads to call for Eastbourne RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Eastbourne RNLI’s volunteer crew were paged at 11.13 am on Saturday 14 May to reports of a base jumper who had failed to return from a jump at Beachy head.

Picture shows crew boarding inshore lifeboat

RNLI/Daniel Baldock

Crew boarding ILB for launch

The crew launched their inshore lifeboat - the Laurence and Percy Hobbs - and proceeded to the area to conduct a search. Shortly after arriving at the area they located the base jumper who had been cut off by the incoming tide but had found a safe place to wait until the tide turned and they could continue making their way back to their group. They checked the base jumper was fit and well before the base jumper said they were happy to wait and didn’t need assistance. The crew relayed that information to local coastguards who were with the rest of the group.

The crew then returned with the inshore lifeboat where it was recovered and made ready to go back in service.

Helm Dean Parker said afterwards ‘We encourage people to check the tide times and let people know where they are going and what time they should be back. Thankfully the base jumper had people waiting for them who were able to raise the alarm when they didn’t arrive at the expected time.’

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]

RNLI online: For more information on the RNLI please visit http://www.rnli.org/. News releases and other media resources, including RSS feeds, downloadable photos and video, are available at the RNLI News Centre.

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.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.