Full update on four calls from Eastbourne RNLI
Busy time for our Volunteer Crew.
Our Volunteer Crew were paged yesterday Wednesday 1st June at 17.30 hrs.
They were requested to launch the Inshore Lifeboat and tasked to assist Police and Local Coastguards with an incident East of Belle Tout Lighthouse.
There will be no further details due to the sensitive nature of the call.
Then at 20.30 hrs our Volunteer Crew were paged and requested to launch The All Weather Lifeboat.
They were tasked to assist an angling boat with 2 persons on board that had put out a Mayday distress call after their vessel’s propeller had become entangled with an obstruction in the water.
The vessel was located by the lifeboat 6 miles off shore close to The Royal Sovereign Light Tower.
The casualty vessel was cut free from the obstruction but due to damage sustained a tow line was attached and the casualty towed back into the safety of Sovereign Harbour.
The Lifeboat was then refuelled and made ready for service at 23.30 hrs.
Our Volunteer Crew were paged again in the early hours at 04.15 hrs and requested to launch the Inshore Lifeboat and tasked to assist Police, Local Coastguards and Coastguard Rescue Helicopter with a search for a person reported missing between Holywell and Birling Gap steps.
After a thorough search of the area by all units the person was located safe and well.
All units were stood down with the Inshore Lifeboat arriving back at station at 07.00 hrs.
Our Volunteer Crew were paged again today Thursday 2nd June at 14.00 hrs.
They were requested to launch the Inshore Lifeboat and tasked to reports of a person cut off by the tide at Beachy Head.
Once on scene it was discovered that there were 3 persons cut off by the tide in different locations.
The Volunteer Inshore Lifeboat Crew were able to rescue 2 persons with the assistance of a fishing vessel and a third person in a precarious position had to be winched to safety by Coastguard Rescue Helicopter.
We can only reiterate the importance of checking tide times before