RNLI kept busy during Airbourne

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Eastbourne’s RNLI crews were kept busy over the weekend with Airbourne.

In addition to supplying safety cover for all four days of the airshow, the volunteer crew Eastbourne RNLI responded to nine separate requests for assistance over the weekend.

Before the airshow had finished on Thursday the all weather lifeboat responded to a distress call from a 26ft yacht which had suffered engine failure while approaching Sovereign Harbour. The yacht was taken under tow to the safety of the marina locks, before the all weather boat returned to its safety duty off the Wish Tower.

While the inshore lifeboat crew were returning to station on Friday they were diverted to assist a windsurfer in trouble in Normans Bay. They took the windsurfer to shore and recovered his damaged craft.

The inshore crew was then called twice to the same jet skier over the weekend who not only caused danger to swimmers and contravened the Airbourne no-go traffic area but managed to fall off his craft twice and was unable to remount. He was given safety advice by police and coastguard officers.

Sunday was by far the busiest day, as the sun shone on the town for the final day of Airbourne 2013. Having just taken up station at Airbourne the all -weather lifeboat went out to a ten metre cruiser a mile south of Sovereign Harbour. It was towed back to the safety of the harbour. Both boats were retasked an hour later when a fire was reported on Eastbourne Pier. The small fire was quickly extinguished and both boats returned to their duties.

They were called out once again when four youngsters got into difficulties swimming too far out near the pier. Two had to be rescued.

Bob Jeffery from Eastbourne RNLI said, “Once safely ashore the youngsters got a stern ticking off by their Grandma and the lifeboat crew.”

The final call was to a dinghy in Bexhill.