Lifeboat call-out interrupts coxswain’s wedding

Mark and Trina Sawyer SUS-160627-113112001
Mark and Trina Sawyer SUS-160627-113112001

Wedding celebrations for Eastbourne lifeboat Coxswain Mark Sawyer and his new bride Trina were briefly interrupted on Saturday afternoon when the volunteer crew were called into action following reports that one of a group of revellers had got into difficulties after jumping from Eastbourne Pier.

Shortly after 2pm the volunteer crew of Eastbourne’s inshore lifeboat launched to assist a young man who had jumped from the pier and then clambered up the support structure to escape the cold water.

Lifeguards who witnessed the incident were on scene but were unable to persuade the individual to re-enter the water in order to be escorted to the beach.

A spokesperson for Eastbourne RNLI said, “When the inshore lifeboat arrived the casualty was quickly convinced that his best option was to release his hold on the pier and board the lifeboat.

“Following a short safety advice briefing on the dangers of mixing alcohol and cold water swimming, he was taken ashore and passed to waiting police officers. The lifeboat crew were then released from service to return to the wedding party.”

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