All night sea search off Eastbourne


Both Eastbourne lifeboats were launched by Dover Coastguard last night (Sunday) in a major sea search.

A number of people reported seeing red flares being set off out at sea off the coast of Eastbourne.

The boats launched at 11.05pm and spent all night searching alongside the police.

“We received several reports from the public in different locations, including aboard a yacht returning to Sovereign Harbour, that red flares

had been sighted off the coast,” said a spokesperson for Eastbourne RNLI.

“The volunteer crews of both lifeboats assisted by local coastguard teams and the coastguard rescue helicopter then spend almost six hours in a complex and thorough search of the whole area.

“With nothing found the crews were finally stood down. The boats were made ready for service and the crews dismissed – by this time it was nearly 5am.

“Some of the volunteer crew then faced the daunting prospect of making their weary way to work.”

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