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Eastbourne RNLI train with the Royal Navy

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew at Eastbourne RNLI were honoured to escort HMS Puncher into Sovereign Harbour on Monday 12 June

Both boats in the outer harbour at Eastbourne

RNLI/Pete Needham

HMS Puncher with Diamond Jubilee
The crew aboard the All Weather Tamar Class lifeboat 'Diamond Jubilee' meet with HMS Puncher, an Archer Class patrol vessel off the coast of Eastbourne and carried out some joint training exercises before escorting HMS Puncher into the locks.

HMS Puncher is affiliated with the Town of Eastbourne and has close links with the lifeboat station and the crew. It is used to train officers and ratings in aspects of seamanship as well as supporting fleet operations and is currently visiting Eastbourne before heading back to home base.

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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Both boats close to the locks.

RNLI/Pete Needham

Approaching the locks

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