Weekend action for Eastbourne lifeboats

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A windsurfer had to be rescued by the Eastbourne lifeboat on Saturday afternoon.

The windsurfer got into difficulties in Pevensey Bay when the mast of his craft snapped.

A lifeboat crewman who was enjoying a trip out on his jet ski came across the exhausted male and called the emergency services for assistance.

The inshore lifeboat was launched and the windsurfer and his equipment were taken ashore by the volunteer crew.

The lifeboat was also launched in the early hours of Friday morning when calls for help were heard by beach anglers in Pevensey Bay at 2am. After a thorough search, and after consultation with police on scene, it was established a person believed to have been drinking had never actually entered the water and had left the scene before the lifeboat arrived.

Later in the day both lifeboats were launched to search the shoreline following reports two separate individuals who were feared to be in a distressed state had gone missing on the cliff tops at Beachy Head.

Due to poor visibility in the area the coastguard rescue helicopter was unable to help.

After a comprehensive search from Cow Gap to Belle Tout lighthouse with nothing found the lifeboats were eventually stood down.

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