Eastbourne lifeboat launched to rescue couple cut off by tide


It was a busy weekend for Eastbourne’s lifeboats.

Shortly before 7pm on Friday evening the inshore lifeboat was launched following a report from a passing vessel that two people appeared to be cut off by the rising tide near the Beachy Head Lighthouse.

When on scene the lifeboat crew found the couple cold and wet and in a state of distress. They had attempted to swim and wade

round the headland fearing they would be trapped.

The couple were taken aboard the ILB and returned to Holywell where, an RNLI spokesperson said, their “ill advised adventure had begun”.

Saturday saw the crew on Western Lawns manning the RNLI stand at the 999 emergency services display but members of the lifeboatrs were called out, this time to a 10 metre yacht with two people on board which had become entangled in fishing gear five miles east of Sovereign Harbour.

The all-weather lifeboat was launched to help the elderly couple on board retrieve their anchor and cut the yacht free from its


The vessel was then towed back to the safety of the marina locks.

On Monday evening the volunteer crew members were back in action this time on assessment exercises which saw two crewmen pass the final part of their navigators test before external auditors.

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