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Eastbourne RNLI respond to a person in the water.

Lifeboats News Release

Eastbourne RNLI's volunteer crew were paged at 2pm on 27 February to reports of a person in the water near the Eastbourne Redoubt fortress on the seafront.

Eastbourne Inshore lifeboat at sea

RNLI/Daniel Baldock

Eastbourne Inshore lifeboat

The crew launched the D-class inshore lifeboat and made their way quickly to the scene where they worked with coastguards on the shoreline to locate the casualty and get them on board quickly.

Once they had got the casualty on board, one of the crew began emergency treatment whilst the boat made its way to the shoreline and waiting paramedics, where the casualty was handed over and the crew returned the boat to station.

'The weather conditions were challenging close to the shore once on scene we worked with local coastguards to locate the casualty and commence life saving casualty care before getting them to shore quickly and handing them over to waiting paramedics' Helm Jim Edwards said afterwards

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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