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Byline: The Mayor of Eastbourne, Councillor Mike Thompson, presented framed letters of appreciation from the RNLI to four lifeboat crewmen on Sunday in recognition of their actions during a difficult service call at Beachy Head
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Alan Simister, Dr. Stephen Lytton, Trevor Moule and David Needham all received individual awards for their efforts to save the life of a casualty who had driven a car over the cliffs at Beachy Head on a dark night last October. When Eastbourne lifeboats first arrived on scene they were confronted with such severe conditions that they were unable to land the inshore lifeboat (ILB) due to the heavy swell and flooding tide. Alan braved the breaking surf and swam ashore to attend the casualty whom it was assumed had perished in the fall. With the scene illuminated by the all-weather lifeboat (ALB) Alan made his way to the casualty and found him to be still breathing albeit with evident serious injuries. With this new information the situation was escalated to a full scale rescue. Trevor Moule left the ILB to join Alan on the beach whilst ILB helmsman Dave Needham negotiated the surf to transfer Dr Stephen Lytton from the ALB to the beach.

In the rising tide, speed of evacuation was of utmost importance and in assessing the situation Coxswain Mark Sawyer immediately requested the assistance of a coastguard rescue helicopter. Working chest deep in the rising tide the three lifeboatman fought to stabilise the casualty and prepare him for airlift to hospital. Doctor Lytton accompanied the casualty to hospital leaving Alan and Trevor on the beach to await the return of the helicopter. They were eventually plucked from the beach and deposited on the cliff top and returned to station courtesy of the mobile coastguard team. In presenting the awards the Mayor commended the whole volunteer crew and thanked them on behalf of the people of Eastbourne. 

Footnote: Sadly the casualty died a few hours later in hospital.         

Byline: The Mayor of Eastbourne, Councillor Mike Thompson, presented framed letters of appreciation from the RNLI to four lifeboat crewmen on Sunday in recognition of their actions during a difficult service call at Beachy Head
Page Content:

Alan Simister, Dr. Stephen Lytton, Trevor Moule and David Needham all received individual awards for their efforts to save the life of a casualty who had driven a car over the cliffs at Beachy Head on a dark night last October. When Eastbourne lifeboats first arrived on scene they were confronted with such severe conditions that they were unable to land the inshore lifeboat (ILB) due to the heavy swell and flooding tide. Alan braved the breaking surf and swam ashore to attend the casualty whom it was assumed had perished in the fall. With the scene illuminated by the all-weather lifeboat (ALB) Alan made his way to the casualty and found him to be still breathing albeit with evident serious injuries. With this new information the situation was escalated to a full scale rescue. Trevor Moule left the ILB to join Alan on the beach whilst ILB helmsman Dave Needham negotiated the surf to transfer Dr Stephen Lytton from the ALB to the beach.

In the rising tide, speed of evacuation was of utmost importance and in assessing the situation Coxswain Mark Sawyer immediately requested the assistance of a coastguard rescue helicopter. Working chest deep in the rising tide the three lifeboatman fought to stabilise the casualty and prepare him for airlift to hospital. Doctor Lytton accompanied the casualty to hospital leaving Alan and Trevor on the beach to await the return of the helicopter. They were eventually plucked from the beach and deposited on the cliff top and returned to station courtesy of the mobile coastguard team. In presenting the awards the Mayor commended the whole volunteer crew and thanked them on behalf of the people of Eastbourne. 

Footnote: Sadly the casualty died a few hours later in hospital.