Both Eastbourne lifeboats were diverted from crew training exercises yesterday (Sunday) to help coastguard cliff rescue officers with the recovery of a body at Beachy Head.
Because the sea conditions were too severe to traverse the Beachy Head Ledge with passengers aboard the coastguard officers were collected from the beach at Holywell by the inshore lifeboat crew and transferred to the waiting all-weather lifeboat (ALB). When both boats were in calmer waters the coastguard
officers were put ashore by the inshore lifeboat (ILB), they then transferred the casualty to the ILB.
The casualty was taken ashore at the ILB station and passed into the care of the police coroner.