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Busy weekend for Eastbourne RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew at Eastbourne RNLI were tasked five times over the weekend to a variety of incidents.

Diamond Jubilee lifeboat at sea

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Diamond Jubilee
The first tasking of the weekend was for the Tamar class all-weather lifeboat Diamond Jubilee. It was were tasked to assist local coastguard teams and provide cover if needed. Once that tasking was complete, the crew were re-tasked to assist with a search. During the search they were diverted to a medical incident aboard a dive boat.

One of the people on board was feeling unwell and a mayday had been called by the crew aboard the dive boat. Coastguard helicopter Rescue 175 arrived on scene before the Diamond Jubilee, and the dive boat moved away from the area for the safety of divers in the water whilst the casualty was winched aboard. The crew aboard the Diamond Jubilee took over as a safety vessel for the divers as they were in a fairly busy shipping area. Once the dive boat returned to the area, the crew on the all-weather boat were stood down and returned to station.

The final tasking of Saturday 24 June was for the D class inshore lifeboat. The crew were tasked to reports of three kayakers needing assistance off Cooden Beach. Two minutes after launching they were stood down as the kayakers had made their own way to shore.

The final tasking of the weekend was on Sunday 25 June at 4.57pm. Solent Coastguard had received reports of a casualty cut off by the tide between Birling Gap and the Belle Tout lighthouse. Newhaven's all-weather lifeboat was also tasked. The crew on the D class lifeboat made their way to the location and found a casualty who had been attempting to make their from Holywell to Birling Gap. Due to the location of the casualty, the crew could only get close enough to hold in the surf and put a crew member ashore to assist the casualty. As there were only eight feet of beach left at the location, and for the casualty's safety, they were escorted onto the inshore lifeboat and taken back to Eastbourne before being passed to waiting coastguard rescue teams for further care.

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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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.

D Class going afloat

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D Class going afloat

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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