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Byline: In addition to supplying safety cover for all four days of Airbourne 2013 the volunteer crew of Eastbourne lifeboats responded to nine separate requests for assistance over the weekend
Page Content: Before the airshow had finished on Thursday the all weather lifeboat responded to a Pan-Pan distress call from a 26ft yacht which had suffered engine failure whilst approaching Sovereign Harbour. The yacht was taken under tow to the safety of the marina locks, the ALB then returned to safety duty off the Wish Tower.

Whilst the ILB crew were returning to station on Friday they were diverted to assist a windsurfer in trouble in Normans Bay. They took the windsurfer to shore and recovered his damaged craft. 
The ILB was called twice to the same Jet skier over the weekend who not only caused danger to swimmers and contravened the Airbourne no-go traffic area but managed to fall off his craft twice and was unable to remount. He was given safety advice by police and coastguard officers.

Sunday was by far the busiest day. Having just taken up station at Airbourne the ALB was tasked to assist a 10 metre cruiser a mile south of Sovereign Harbour which had suffered engine failure. The disabled vessel with four people on board was taken back to Harbour. Both boats were retasked an hour later when a fire was reported on Eastbourne Pier. As part of an established emergency procedure, the lifeboats stood by to help evacuation if required. The small fire was quickly extinguished and both boats returned to their duties. The ILB was again in action when four youngsters got into difficulties swimming too far out near the pier. Two managed to make their own way ashore but two had to be rescued by the volunteer crew. Once safely ashore the youngsters got ‘a stern ticking off’ by their Grandma and the lifeboat crew. On their way back from Airbourne the ILB was again tasked, this time to a dinghy in trouble off Bexhill. When on scene the volunteer found the yachtsman was in no trouble and making his own way ashore. The volunteers finally got back to station to ready their boats for service at 18.00 after a long day.

Byline: In addition to supplying safety cover for all four days of Airbourne 2013 the volunteer crew of Eastbourne lifeboats responded to nine separate requests for assistance over the weekend
Page Content: Before the airshow had finished on Thursday the all weather lifeboat responded to a Pan-Pan distress call from a 26ft yacht which had suffered engine failure whilst approaching Sovereign Harbour. The yacht was taken under tow to the safety of the marina locks, the ALB then returned to safety duty off the Wish Tower.

Whilst the ILB crew were returning to station on Friday they were diverted to assist a windsurfer in trouble in Normans Bay. They took the windsurfer to shore and recovered his damaged craft. 
The ILB was called twice to the same Jet skier over the weekend who not only caused danger to swimmers and contravened the Airbourne no-go traffic area but managed to fall off his craft twice and was unable to remount. He was given safety advice by police and coastguard officers.

Sunday was by far the busiest day. Having just taken up station at Airbourne the ALB was tasked to assist a 10 metre cruiser a mile south of Sovereign Harbour which had suffered engine failure. The disabled vessel with four people on board was taken back to Harbour. Both boats were retasked an hour later when a fire was reported on Eastbourne Pier. As part of an established emergency procedure, the lifeboats stood by to help evacuation if required. The small fire was quickly extinguished and both boats returned to their duties. The ILB was again in action when four youngsters got into difficulties swimming too far out near the pier. Two managed to make their own way ashore but two had to be rescued by the volunteer crew. Once safely ashore the youngsters got ‘a stern ticking off’ by their Grandma and the lifeboat crew. On their way back from Airbourne the ILB was again tasked, this time to a dinghy in trouble off Bexhill. When on scene the volunteer found the yachtsman was in no trouble and making his own way ashore. The volunteers finally got back to station to ready their boats for service at 18.00 after a long day.