Eastbourne RNLI crews rush to Remembrance Day incident

Still from footage by RNLI volunteer Pete Needham of the Inshore Lifeboat returning to shore following the incident
Still from footage by RNLI volunteer Pete Needham of the Inshore Lifeboat returning to shore following the incident

Just as they were leaving the town’s Remembrance Parade, Eastbourne Lifeboat crews were called to an incident at sea.

The volunteers rushed to help a kite surfer reported to be having difficulties in strong winds in Eastbourne Bay at 11.55am on Sunday (November 11).

A curious seal was the cause of all the fuss.

A curious seal was the cause of all the fuss.

But it was discovered the surfer had managed to scramble ashore, leaving his equipment to drift in the swell – the RNLI said.

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What an onlooker had thought to be a human casualty was in fact a curious nearby seal which had decided to investigate the kite.

To avoid concern from the public and the likelihood of further call-outs during the day it was decided to request the assistance of the inshore lifeboat (ILB) to recover the equipment.

In the challenging surf the ILB launched with three crewmen on board and quickly recovered the kite and harness.

The RNLI is an independent charity, funded by voluntary donations.

Visit www.eastbournernli.org/ if you wish to help.

• If you get into trouble at sea call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.