Lifeboat crews kept busy during 2012

The volunteer crews of Eastbourne liefboats were kept busy in 2012.
The volunteer crews of Eastbourne liefboats were kept busy in 2012.

The volunteer crews of Eastbourne lifeboats were kept busy last year, with more than 100 call-outs throughout the past 12 months.

An RNLI spokesperson said that although Eastbourne volunteers were kept busy, the number of call-outs had declined since last year – and blamed the drop on the economic downturn and the unusually wet summer.

The official analysis by the RNLI of callouts around the UK’s 235 lifeboat stations for 2012 is still being compiled but figures released by Eastbourne lifeboats recently indicate 111 callouts for both boats.

The inshore lifeboat launched 71 times and the all-weather boat 40 times.

Out of that total 11 were standbys, with the launch being cancelled at the last minute, and 11 were to assist Coastguard cliff rescue officers with the recovery of casualties from Beachy Head. Station officials consider the unusually wet summer and the economic downturn to be the main contributory factors to the decline in callout numbers compared with recent years.

The pleasure beaches have been noticeably quieter this year and boat owners have preferred the comfort of Sovereign Harbour to the unpredictability of the open sea, said an RNLI spokesperson.

A station official commended the continued commitment and dedication of the volunteer crew who respond to their pagers 24/7 and to the RNLI’s fundraisers.