Gruelling 24 hours for Eastbourne Lifeboat
The volunteer crew of Eastbourne Lifeboats have spent several hours at sea recently searching in difficult conditions for missing persons and sailors in difficulties.
The all-weather lifeboat was launched at 1am last night (26 July) in search of a woman who had been reported as missing earlier on Tuesday after she failed to return home after a visit to the Seven Sisters to take photographs. With Newhaven lifeboat off service the volunteer crew were tasked to conduct a shoreline search from Cuckmere to Seaford. After an exhaustive search with nothing found the crew were stood down and returned to station at 4am.
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 over 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.