Gruelling 24 hours for Eastbourne Lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of Eastbourne Lifeboats have spent several hours at sea recently searching in difficult conditions for missing persons and sailors in difficulties.

RNLI/Bob Jeffery

Crewman Dave

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.

Our volunteer crew were paged again in the evening at 8pm and requested to launch all weather Lifeboat Diamond Jubilee after reports of a ‘wind surfer or small yacht’ in trouble off Langney Point. Following a comprehensive search of the area between Pevensey Bay and Eastbourne Pier with nothing found it was assumed the first informant had seen members of the local sailing club returning to their base. The Lifeboat was stood down and returned to station and ready for service at 9.45pm, a busy 24 hours for the volunteer crew with special thanks to crew member Dave Cocklin who started and ended his birthday responding to lifeboat call outs

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