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Eastbourne RNLI rescue stricken jet ski and rider

Lifeboats News Release

Eastbourne RNLI's volunteer crew were paged at 12.11pm on 29 May to reports of a jet ski and rider needing assistance.

Photo of the Eastbourne inshore lifeboat is recovered from the beach.

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The Eastbourne inshore lifeboat is recovered from the beach..
They launched the D class lifeboat from the station at Fisherman's Green and made their way quickly to the casualties' location near Holywell.

Upon arriving at the scene, the jet ski with its rider on board was drifting with the tide towards rocks. The rider was unable to restart the jet ski and, due to the dangerous location, a line was passed to the casualty and the crew towed the jet ski into deeper water before coming alongside and transferring the rider to the D Class lifeboat and towing the jet ski into the safety of Sovereign Harbour.

'The jet ski had drifted quickly from where it was first reported and was dangerously close to rocks, so our first priority was to get them away from the rocks and then we could establish a tow safely back to the harbour.' Helm Dean Parker said afterwards

The crew then returned to station and made the boat ready for service.

Media Contacts:

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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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.

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