Both Eastbourne lifeboats were involved in fruitless shoreline searches over the weekend with the all-weather lifeboat also rescuing a stranded yacht with engine failure.
The inshore lifeboat was paged last week when a loose dog was seen to fall from the cliff-top at Beachy Head while chasing a seagull. To prevent the distraught owner attempting to recover the animal, volunteer crew members conducted a search along the beach. Unfortunately nothing was found.
On Saturday (July 4) at 4.30pm the all-weather lifeboat was requested to launch by Dover Coastguard to recover a 10 metre yacht with two people on board suffering engine failure three miles south-west of Sovereign Harbour. The yacht was towed to the harbour entrance and passed to a waiting marina workboat.
Early on Sunday morning (July 5) a commercial fishing vessel spotted an unattended windsurf board floating just outside the harbour entrance and informed Dover Coastguard.
Eastbourne’s inshore lifeboat was launched as a precaution to conduct a search for a potential missing casualty. The board, which showed signs of being in the water for some time and was unrigged, was recovered to the ILB. The volunteer ILB crew then conducted a thorough search of the area taking into account wind and tide directions. After 90 minutes with nothing found and no reports of a missing person the search was abandoned and the ILB returned to station.
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