EASTBOURNE’S lifeboat crew members are gearing up for a busy festive period – if last year is anything to go by.
Although the crew wasn’t called out on Christmas Day, lifeboat men and women were called into action twice on December 29.
The all weather lifeboat was launched to provide lighting ashore for the inshore lifeboat crew members while they recovered a body from the beach at Beachy Head.
The inshore lifeboat crew helped Eastbourne coastguards recover the body from the beach between Beachy Head and Belle Tout lighthouses.
The following day, both lifeboats were launched to help with an unexploded shell on the beach.
The boats carried bomb disposal experts to the site where a controlled explosion was carried out.
Lifeboat officials say volunteers in Eastbourne will be ready for action over Christmas at the drop of a Christmas hat.
Andrew Ashton, RNLI east divisional inspector, said, “Last year volunteer crews at several south east coastal lifeboat stations including Eastbourne gave up priceless family time at Christmas to help people in difficulty.
“Regardless of gale force winds, rough seas, icy conditions or turkey-laden plates, volunteer lifeboat crew members will be poised to leave family and festivities behind if needed by those in danger this Christmas.
“It never ceases to amaze me that the families of volunteer crew and shore helpers remain as committed to saving lives at sea during the festive season as the volunteers themselves.
“This dedication to helping others is at the very heart of the charity – even in these difficult economic times our volunteers put others before themselves time and again.”