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Afternoon tasking for Eastbourne RNLI volunteers to swimmer

Lifeboats News Release

Eastbourne RNLI's volunteer crew were paged at 3.10pm on Sunday 2 October after reports of a swimmer needing assistance near Beachy Head lighthouse.

Inshore lifeboat launching

RNLI/Daniel Baldock

Inshore lifeboat launching

The Inshore lifeboat was launched and arrived on scene shortly after. Working alongside local Coastguards teams, who had eyes on swimmer from the top of the cliffs, the lifeboat crew approached the swimmer and after a brief chat with them were happy the swimmer didn't need assistance and the swimmer was happy to make their own way back to shore.

The crew then updated Solent Coastguard before being stood down and returning to station.


'The informant did the right thing by calling for help as they had concerns for someone in the water, thankfully in this case the person didn't need any help.' Helm Thomas Mele said when the Inshore lifeboat had returned to station.

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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Inshore lifeboat returning to station.

RNLI/Daniel Baldock

Inshore lifeboat returning to station

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