Eastbourne’s lifeboat crews were called into action on Monday morning to help an injured sailor.
The all-weather lifeboat was launched at 8.20am in response to the call for help from a Belgium registered fishing trawler 20 miles offshore from Sovereign Harbour.
Initial information from the 23 metre trawler Morgenster indicated that a crewman had suffered a serious blow to the head and required urgent medical attention.
Eastbourne RNLI spokesperson Bob Jeffery said, “With the trawler steaming towards Eastbourne and the lifeboat using all of its 25 knot capability, the distance was soon covered.
“Once alongside, the injured crewman’s condition was assessed and he was then transferred to the all weather lifeboat for further first aid treatment while the ALB returned to harbour.
“On arrival at Sovereign Harbour the casualty was transferred into the care of a waiting ambulance crew and taken to Eastbourne’s District General Hospital.”
The trawler was still off the coast of Eastbourne yesterday (Monday afternoon).
It left Ostend on Friday afternoon and works regularly in the English Channel and North Sea.