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Busy days for Hastings RNLI inshore lifeboat

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Hastings RNLI inshore lifeboat and its volunteer crew has had a busy few days, being asked to launch to three separate incidents.

The Hastings inshore lifeboat and the Eastbourne all weather lifeboat join forces

RNLI/Sue and Stan Quinn

The Hastings inshore lifeboat and the Eastbourne all weather lifeboat join forces

The lifeboat launched on Thursday afternoon (July 19) to assist the ambulance service and the Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance with a patient they were treating on the beach just east of Ecclesbourne Glen, Hastings.

The casualty had suffered serious injuries, and the inshore lifeboat was used to transport them back to the lifeboat station. The lifeboat boat then went back to the scene to collect the remaining emergency services personnel, and some members of the public who were unable to get back any other way.

The inshore lifeboat and its volunteer crew were then asked to launch at 3.30am on Sunday morning (July 22), following reports of a person in the water on the east side of Hastings Pier. The lifeboat launched and were quickly on scene where they stood by, along with the Hastings Coastguard Rescue team, while the Police negotiated with the casualty.

He was eventually persuaded to come ashore and passed into the care of the local Ambulance Service. The lifeboat was then returned to station.

Finally, the lifeboat launched again on Sunday afternoon to assist Eastbourne’s RNLI lifeboat to help bring ashore an angling boat to the beach at East Hastings Sea Angling Association. The angling boat had suffered gearbox failure and as the crew unable to fix the problem, they called for help.

Eastbourne Lifeboat met the angling boat, established a tow and brought it back towards Hastings where the inshore rescue boat then assisted getting the vessel back on to the beach.

Hastings Lifeboat Operations Manager, Peter Adams said: ‘It has been a busy few days for our volunteer crews, being called out at all hours, to a range of incidents. After a run like this, you really begin to realise the hours of training the crews put is so important in preparing for when the pagers actually go off.’

Picture courtesy of RNLI Hastings Lifeboat Society Chairmen Sue & Stan Quinn.

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RNLI Media Contacts:

Hastings Lifeboat Press Officer, Clive Mayhew (07711) 673138 clive@cmarb.co.uk

Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer (London and South East) (07785) 296252 paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk



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