Hastings ALB was requested to launch at 22:28 to a vessel with machinery failure close inshore at Bexhill. Once on scene it was apparent that the casualty was in very shallow water and at anchor. It was decided to put a on the vessel prior to raising it’s anchor to stop the vessel drifting any closer inshore. Once the tow was established and working in waters as shallow as 1 metre at Jenny’s Stool, the anchor was raised and the vessel was towed due south into deeper water where the tow was re-made and the towed to Sovereign Harbour, Eastbourne. The ALB was then stood down and returned to station.
The RNLI iconic Yellow Welly arrives at Hastings Lifeboat Station.
On Thursday 25th May 2017 the Mayday Welly Relay arrived at Hastings. The iconic Yellow Welly has been travelling round the South West, South and now the South East to engage with local communities and to raise money.
The Yellow Welly was greeted by Steve, our station Coxswain/Mechanic, Volunteer Crew, Shop Staff and member of our Fundraising Committee. The Welly has now left the station for onward travel around the coast to it’s final location of Harwich.
RNLI launches its RESPECT THE WATER CAMPAIGN for 2017 season.
Around 190 people accidentally die at the British and Irish coasts each year, with around half never intending to go into the water in the first place.
The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. Respect the Water is a vital part of the RNLI’s work to have coastal drownings by 2024.
How you can help
Everyone can play a role in helping the RNLI prevent drowning.
Look out for Respect the Water adverts in cinemas, on billboards and online and listen out for it on radio stations across the UK and Republic of Ireland this summer.
Watch the film, share it with your mates, and use the hashtag #RespectTheWater on social media.
Remember there are two simple pieces of advice that can help save lives this summer – float to live and call 999.
The more people are aware of this advice, the more chance everyone has of staying alive.
More information can be found at http://www.respectthewater.com/
It’s been a busy week for our volunteer ILB crew who have been tasked to 3 separate incidents in the past 4 days.
The first call came at 21:55 on Monday 22nd May 2017. The ILB was requested to launch after reports were received of a possible capsized vessel 1/4 mile south of Rock-a-Nore. The ILB and her volunteer crew were quickly on scene and after thorough area search and speaking with a local fisherman aboard his vessel, with nothing untoward found, the ILB was released, stood down and returned to station. Incident classed as a false alarm with good intent. Also in attendance Sussex Police and Hastings Coastguard Rescue Team.
The ILB was again called on Wednesday 24th May 2017 at 16:16 to a report of a possible kayaker in difficulty 1 mile south of St. Leonards-on-Sea. The ILB launched and was on scene a short time later. What was thought to have been a kayaker, was actually a bunch of partially submerged balloons. The ILB recovered the items and returned to station. Incident classed as a false alarm with good intent.
Our crew was again paged to launch the ILB at 20:35 0n Thursday 25th May 2017 after reports of a small boat drifting south of St. Leonards-on-Sea. Hastings Coastguard Rescue Team had the vessel visual, but were unable to verify if anyone was on board. Once on scene, the ILB crew found the vessel in a poor condition and was thought to have been set adrift. The vessel was taken ashore by the ILB crew and passed into the care of the Coastguard team to recover to a place of safety. The ILB was then released from the incident and returned to station.
Please bear with us whilst we update and modify our website.
We will have new, easy to navigate and very informative pages and links coming over the next few weeks.
In the meantime, to keep up to date with shouts, exercises and any other station info, please keep an eye out on Twitter @hastingsrnli or Facebook @RNLIHastingslifeboatstation.
Wow, we made a massive £770.65 at our Easter Event yesterday!
Wednesday 29th April, Launch 1800, Recover 2000 (Subject to operations). Best view from Harbour Arm
Future Events at Hastings Lifeboat Station!
* 4th May 10am-4pm REFRESHMENTS AT THE LIFEBOAT STATION
Its the Hastings Traditional ‘Jack in the Green’ Event on the 4th of May and is also a day when thousands of motorcyclists descend on the town forming part of the ‘May Day Run’. The atmosphere in Town is amazing and is one of the biggest events of the year. The Lifeboat Station will be serving Tea, Coffee and Refreshments to Morris Dancers, Motorcyclists, Locals and Visitors alike between 10am & 4pm.The shop is open for all your RNLI gifts and the Station is open to view the Lifeboat and equipment (viewing Platform and interactive displays). Pop in and say hi? 🙂
* 16th June 7:30pm SOCIETY QUIZ. Come along to our fantastic quiz? Teams of 4, only £2pp. Raffle! At: East Hastings Sea Angling Association, The Stade, Old Town
* 17th June 7:30pm BLESSING OF THE SEA. This is a traditional ceremony where the Lifeboats, local fishing fleet and boats from Hastings, along with all that go to Sea are blessed and those that have lost their lives at sea are remembered. Reverends from our Local Parrish lead the blessing from the stern of the Lifeboat and will be joined by Lifeboat Crew, Launchers and Volunteers from the Station. Readings, Hymns and music from Sussex Brass. All Welcome! Come along and join in?
Please see our Facebook Pages for more details on our events https://www.facebook.com/Hastingslifeboat/events
An amazing £441 was raised at our Spring Fling on the 4th April!
Many people attended throughout the day contributing to its success.
Along with selling Tea, Coffee and Cakes we had Shanty Singers, singing from ‘Now & Then’ A Capella Group, an Easter Bonnet parade and Best Decorated Egg Competition
A massive thank you to all the Lifeboat volunteers who helped make the day such a success including the Society, crew and launchers, the Easter Bunny, the singers and to everyone who turned up to support us. It was a great day