Fundraiser’s funeral interrupted by lifeboat call-out

The funeral of an Eastbourne lifeboats supporter was briefly interrupted when the crew were paged to an incident off Sovereign Harbour today (Friday).

A packed house had gathered at St Richard’s Church to pay their respects to Daphne Lake who passed away on April 24.

During the service the crew pagers interrupted proceedings and the on duty volunteer lifeboat crew were forced to abruptly rush to the assistance of a crewman aboard Eastbourne’s largest commercial fishing boat who had suffered a severe allergic reaction.

The skipper of the Royal Sovereign became very concerned when one of his team became seriously ill and contacted Dover Coastguard for immediate assistance.

Eastbourne’s all-weather lifeboat was scrambled and was quickly on scene with the station’s medical advisor Stephen Lytton and crewman paramedic Guy Emery on board. The two were transferred to the fishing boat to adminster medical treatment.

The crewman was then transferred to the ALB and taken back to the Sovereign Harbour where he was passed into the care of a waiting ambulance crew who took him to the DGH.