Eastbourne RNLI at Eastbourne 999
The volunteer crew at Eastbourne had a busy weekend at Eastbourne's annual 999 show.
On the Sunday they repeated the demonstration but with an added element of showing how they would stand off and use the Tamar class lifeboat's fire fighting equipment to tackle a fire on board a yacht. One of the crew not involved in the display was out on their own yacht and played the role of casualty vessel.
On both days the crew also hosted a static shore based display that included their previous D class lifeboat that was recently taken out of service after 11 years and over 1000 service launches. For the entire time the arena was open the public queued to see the display and young children got a chance to climb in, meet the crew and try on some of the equipment the crew wear during shouts.
The station's Water Safety team was also in attendance and gave out lots of vital water safety information and engaged with the public passing on key messages around float to live, respecting the water, checking tide times and staying safe at the beach.
Station operations manager Carl Pocock said 'It was great to see so many people at this event and to be able to engage with the public in this way.'
Daniel Baldock, Eastbourne RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer [email protected]
Paul Dunt, RNLI Regional Media Officer London London and South East (07785) 296252 [email protected]
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