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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]

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