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Byline: It was business as usual for the volunteer crews of Eastbourne lifeboats yesterday (Mon 19 Aug). Both boats were in action to two separate incidents
Page Content: The day got off to a tragic start when the inshore lifeboat crew were tasked to assist the coastguard cliff rescue team with the recovery of a body at Beachy Head. The casualty was taken back to the ILB station and passed into the care of the police coroner.

Later in the day a visiting Belgium yacht with two people on board got entangled in fishing gear which had been placed in the approaches to Sovereign Harbour. The gear was anchored to the seabed and the yacht was unable to break free. The all weather lifeboat was soon on scene and Deputy Second Coxswain Ian Stringer was transferred to the stricken vessel. The yacht was taken under tow and swung into the tide to release the tension on the anchored gear which was then cut free. The casualty vessel was then towed into the harbour locks to await a lift out by the harbour boat hoist to cut off the rest of the fishing gear which was still wrapped around the yacht’s propeller.      

Byline: It was business as usual for the volunteer crews of Eastbourne lifeboats yesterday (Mon 19 Aug). Both boats were in action to two separate incidents
Page Content: The day got off to a tragic start when the inshore lifeboat crew were tasked to assist the coastguard cliff rescue team with the recovery of a body at Beachy Head. The casualty was taken back to the ILB station and passed into the care of the police coroner.

Later in the day a visiting Belgium yacht with two people on board got entangled in fishing gear which had been placed in the approaches to Sovereign Harbour. The gear was anchored to the seabed and the yacht was unable to break free. The all weather lifeboat was soon on scene and Deputy Second Coxswain Ian Stringer was transferred to the stricken vessel. The yacht was taken under tow and swung into the tide to release the tension on the anchored gear which was then cut free. The casualty vessel was then towed into the harbour locks to await a lift out by the harbour boat hoist to cut off the rest of the fishing gear which was still wrapped around the yacht’s propeller.