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Yellow Welly Walk for Eastbourne RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Almost fifty people signed up for Eastbourne RNLI’s first yellow welly walk to raise funds for the lifeboat station.

Group of people ready to start the walk

RNLI/Daniel Baldock

The walkers gathered to start the walk

The walk set off at 10:30am on Saturday 16 September by the station's Lifeboat Operations Manager, Carl Pocock, at the inshore lifeboat station. Carl was joined by two crew walking in full inshore lifeboat kit and Stormy Stan as the group walked along the seafront to the Lifeboat Museum on King Edwards Parade.

After a stop for refreshments and a chance for the crew members to take a quick cooling dip in the sea, the walk resumed and the group walked back to the inshore lifeboat station in time for the open day and training exercise.

Both the Trent class and the D Class lifeboats were about to start the exercise in front of the lifeboat station when the D Class was tasked to a vessel with engine issues that was drifting close to rocks at the entrance at Sovereign harbour.

The crew aboard swiftly dealt with the incident helping the vessel get to deep water before forming up alongside the Trent. Both boats raced to the scene of a simulated casualties in the water. The crew on each boat demonstrated how they would assist casualties before the D Class was beached in front of the crowd and then refloated before showing off the manoeuvrability of the boat. The crew on the Trent them showed the crowd how they could fight a fire on another vessel using the D Class as a casualty vessel.

The crews waved goodbye as they left the area to a round of applause from the crowds, a local band, the Shamolies provided live music throughout the open day and Eastbourne Coastguard were also at the open day and assisted with the open day.

‘We are extremely grateful to all those who came out to take part in the fundraiser for the station, their donations will allow us to continue to save lives at sea.’ Carl Pocock said after the event.

Inshore lifeboat landing on the beach

RNLI/Daniel Baldock

Coming ashore
Both lifeboats facing the crowds

RNLI/Daniel Baldock

Both boats facing the crowd
Stormy Stan and Crew in front of the I love Eastbourne

RNLI/Daniel Baldock

On the walk

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