Busy Bank Holiday for Eastbourne Lifeboat

The volunteer crew of Eastbourne inshore lifeboat (ILB) were kept busy over the Bank Holiday with three emergency call outs on Sunday, one which saw them recover the body of a dog which had gone over cliffs.

Following the team’s regular Sunday training the crew was launched to recover the animal, which had fallen from the cliffs at Belle Tout whilst chasing gulls. It is the second time the team has had to recover the body of a dog in the space of a week.

The Lurcher was taken back to the ILB station where the distraught owner was comforted by the crew.

Later in the afternoon the ILB headed to Pevensey Bay in response to 999 calls from the public. A dinghy sailor was in difficulties in the gusty wind and was tipped out of her craft. A windsurfer had gone to the sailor’s aid but he too suffered a mishap when the mast of his craft separated from the board.

The woman sailor was taken aboard the lifeboat and the windsurfer was towed ashore by the ILB. The lifeboat crew then treated the sailor for suspected hypothermia before she was tended to by the ambulance service.

Later on the team was launched to Pevensey Bay again after the rescued windsurfer had been seen in the sea in the recovered dinghy and was causing concern to onlookers. The ILB stood by while the sailor made his own way ashore where he was given safety advice by the crew.