2010

05-10-2010 01.06 ILB and ALB

Both boats were requested to launch shortly after 1am after reports of a fire on Hastings pier with possibly persons trapped on the structure. ILB was quickly on scene and commenced a search around the pier to firstly look for potential casualties, and then, when it was confirmed that there were no persons in the vicinity, to report on the current state of the fire.
Once the ALB was alongside, it was requested that the ILB go ashore to collect a member of the Hastings Fire and Rescue Service so they could asess the situation around the head of the pier where the fire seemed to be concentrated. Once he had carried out his assessment, the decision was made to call in the specialist marine firefighting team which could work from the ALB. ILB crews collected the neccessary pumping equipment from shore and carried to the ALB in readiness for the firefighters to commence their operation.
Unfortunately the blaze was very severe and the structure suffered substantial damage as has been widely reported. When fire crews had completed the afloat tasks, both boats were stood down to return to station, at approximately 06.30.
ILB and ALB back on service at 08.00
ILB crew: Glenn Barry, Martin Phillips, Mike Eustace, Mark Tewkesbury
ALB crew: Steve Warne, Graham Furness, Ian Owen, Chris Cooper, Billy Sutton, Terry Smith, Colin Bewes

 

30-09-2010 19.16 ILB

ILB was requested by Dover coastguard after a person reported in that they were stuck on the cliffs in the Fairlight area, where local coastguards were already in attendance. Once on scene ILB assessed the position of the casualties and agreed with coastguards that a helicopter evacuation was neccessary. ILB stood by while all parties waited for the helicopter Rescue 104 to attend, and once casualties were safetly in the hands of the coastguards returned to station.
ILB ready for service at 21.30
ILB crew: Glenn Barry, Chris Cooper, Martin Tew

 

25-09-2010 20.43 ALB and ILB

ILB was initially launched after a yacht reported having run aground at Cooden Ledge. Once on scene the crew assessed the casualty and decided to request the ALB to assist in recovery. After some difficulty in freeing the casualty vessel anchor, a tow was secured and passage was made to Eastbourne where the casualty was handed over to coastguards.
ILB returned to station 22.50
ALB returned to station 00.15
ILB crew: Simon Hodgson, Martin Tew, Terry Smith
ALB crew: Steve Warne, Mike Eustace, Glenn Barry, Mark Stapley, John Stutchbury, Lev Kukunko

 

12-09-2010 19.09 ILB

ILB crew paged after a person was reported in the water. As crew were launching, coastguards confirmed that the caulty was ashore and ILB was stood down.
Crew: Simon Hodgson, Glenn Barry, Sloane Phillips

 

12-09-2010 14.22 ILB

ILB crew paged after a yacht was reported by passing vessels to have capsized approximately 2 miles south of the RNLI Boathouse. The ILB picked up two persons from the casualty vessel and left one crew member on scene along with a passing motor cruiser which was standing by to offer assistance. Once the casualties, who were cold and wet but uninjured, were ashore, ILB took an extra crew member back out to assist with the difficult task of recovering the capsized yacht. Once they had secured the vessel, a slow tow commenced back to the harbour where the by now warmed up owners were waiting.
ILB back on service at 17.30
Crew: Simon Hodgson, Glenn Barry, Sloane Phillips, Terry Smith

 

28-08-2010 02.34 ILB

ILB was requested to launch after reports of a person in the water off of Bexhill. As the crew assembled, coastguards confirmed that the casualty was ashore and safe, so ILB was stood down.

 

31-07-2010 10.19 ILB

31-07-2010 13.20 ILB

ILB was requested to launch after reports of a sailing dinghy in difficulty in the Ecclesbourne Glen area. On scene a small angling vessel was found to be giving assistance, so ILB stood by as the dinghy with its two occupants was righted and a tow commenced. One of the occupants got into difficulty while re-launching the dinghy and ILB crew picked him up then escorted the towing vessel back to the Motorboat and Yacht Club then handed over the casualty to waiting coastguards.
ILB back on service at 14.15
Crew: Glenn Barry, Mark Tewkesbury, Lev Kokunko

 

28-07-2010 10.19 ILB

ILB was requested to launch after reports of a swimmer in difficulty approx 500 yards off the beach mear Galley Hill. Once on scene, the swimmer, who had learning difficulties, was coaxed into the boat by the crew then after assessment an ambulance was requested which the ILB met ashore and the casulaty was safetly handed over.
ILB back on service at 11.20
Crew: Martin Phillips, Sloane Phillips, Lev Kokunko

 

28-07-2010 02.43 ILB

ILB requested to launch after police reports of someone in the sea around the pier area. Once on scene, the ILB crew used a white parachute flare to illuminate the area, which enabled the casualty to be seen clinging to one of the uprights under the pier. ILB crew assisted him into the boat then took him ashore where police officers were waiting.
ILB back on service at 03.52
Crew: Glenn Barry, Martin Phillips, Simon Hodgson, Dan Brewster

 

12-07-2010 17.42 ILB

After reports from members of the public of a dinghy with 5 persons on board seen to be in difficulty, ILB launched to search in the Rock-A-Nore area. While en route, it was reported that the occupants had made it safetly ashore. Once on scene, one crew member was put ashore to check with the occupants and confirm that they were indeed the potential casualty. Once this was confirmed, ILB returned to station.
ILB returned to service 18.30
Crew: Simon Hodgson, Sloane Phillips, Glenn Barry

 

08-07-2010 18.54 ILB

ILB launched after a swimmer was reported to have sustained a head injury in the area of the nudist beach. Once on scene, two crew members were transferred over to assess the casualty with an ambulance standing by. It was agreed that the csualty was well enough to be evacuated back to the lifeboat station as it was proving difficult for paramedics to attend on the beach, so after first aid the ILB made its was back to station and the casualty was transferred over to the paramedic unit.
ILB back on service at 20.00
Crew: Martin Phillips, Simon Hodgson, Terry Smith, Lev Kukunko

 

04-07-2010 08.33 ILB

ILB was requested to assist in a police operation after a man was seen running into the sea in a distressed state off Warrior Square. En route it was ascertained that the man was in custody and being checked out by ambulance crews. While returning to station, Dover coastguard radioed to request assistance after a pile of clothes had been seen near the Pier so a search pattern was started to look for any casualties. ILB crew spoke to a swimmer who identified the clothes as his and as he was not in any difficulty, ILB stood off until he had finished his swimn and was ashore.
ILB back on service at 09.30
Crew: Glenn Barry, Simon Hodgson, Martin Tew

 

30-06-2010 10.42 ILB

After a swimmer was seen to be in difficulty off Bexhill, the ILB launched to assist. Approximately halfway to the casualty, it was confirmed that they had made it back to shore safetly and the ILB was stood down.
ILB back on service at 11.30
Crew: Steve Warne, Chris Cooper

 

26-06-2010 15.03 ILB

Reports of a swimmer in difficulty led to the coastguards paging for the ILB. The crew was assembled and about to enter the water when the launch was cancelled after the swimmer was confirmed to be safe on shore.

 

24-06-2010 23.42 ILB

After reports of an angling boat in difficulty approximately 1/4 of a mile south of Hastings Harbour Arm, the ILB was launched. Once on scene it was ascertained that the boat and its three occupants were not in difficulty, however were fishing with no navigation lights and just a torch to assist, which was taken as a distress signal by the first informant. ILB escorted the vessel back to shore at Rock-A-Nore.
ILB back on service at 12.30
Crew: Martin Phillips, Sloane Phillips, Dan Brewster

 

20-06-2010 17.02 ILB

ILB tasked to launch after an angling boat was seen to be in difficulty off Warrior Square. Once on scene, a tow was rigged to allow the boat, which had suffered engine failure, to be brought back to station where it was helped onshore at the East Hastings club.
ILB back on service at 17.50
Crew: Glenn Barry, Simon Hodgson, Lev Kokunko

 

04-06-2010 15.25 ILB

ILB tasked to launch after an inflateable dinghy was seen to be drifting away from shore. Once on scene, ILB assisted dinghy back to shore and gave safety advice to the two teenage occupants before returning to station.
ILB back on service 16.00
Crew: Simon Hodgson, Dan Brewster, Lev Kokunko

 

02-06-2010 on exercise ILB

While on the same exercise, a tender making way to shore from a yacht nearby signalled to the ILB that they were in difficulty. Their engine had stopped and would not re-start, so they asked for assistance to the shore. ILB crew rigged a tow and brought them safetly ashore
Crew: Simon Hodgson, Martin Tew, Dan Brewster

 

02-06-2010 18.24 ILB

While on exercise, ILB was tasked by the coastguards to investigate reports of two dogs having fallen over the cliff at Fairlight. Once on scene, ILB stood by while dogs were recovered by their owner, then continued on exercise.
Crew: Simon Hodgson, Martin Tew, Dan Brewster

 

01-06-2010 16.04 ILB

ILB requested to launch after person reported in the water off Warrior Square. Once on scene ILB stood by while police officers assisted the casualty ashore to a waiting ambulance.
Crew: Martin Phillips, Sloane Phillips, Glenn Barry
ILB returned to service 16.35

 

30-05-2010 17.28 ILB

ILB tasked to launch after a person was reported missing with belongings left at the bottom of the cliffs in the Fairlight area. Pett Level rescue boat also tasked to launch. ILB and Pett Level boats performed coastline searches east and west of the location of belongings with nothing found.
ILB stood down at 1830 and returned to station, back on service at 1845
Crew: Simon Hodgson, Glenn Barry

 

25-05-2010 15.20 ILB

ILB launched to reports of an inflateable dinghy in difficulties near the cliffs between Ecclesbourne GLen and Rock A Nore. After a thorough search of the area, nothing was found and the ILB was stood down.
ILB returned to service 16.00
Crew: Simon Hodgson, Martin Phillips, Sloane Phillips

 

23-05-2010 20.20 ILB

While out on exercise, ILB was requested by Dover coastguard to assist an angling vessel which had reported engine failure offshore at Hastings. When on scene, a tow was rigged and the boat was brought back ashore safetly. ILB then continued its exercise.
Crew: Glenn Barry, Terry Smith, Dan Brewster

 

29-04-2010 15.34 ILB

ILB was requested to assist when a jetski was deemed to be in difficulty offshore at Bexhill. Once on scene, it was discovered that the jetski had in fact broken down. The rider was put ashore with the jetski being towed back to Hastings by the ILB.
ILB ready for service 16.45
Crew: Simon Hodgson, Billy Sutton, Martin Tew

 

25-04-2010 14.00 ILB

ILB requested to launch after a person was reported in difficulty near the pier.
Crew: Simon Hodgson, Sloane Phillips

18-04-2010 13.18 ALB

The Hastings RNLI lifeboat launched on Sunday afternoon to the aid of one of the town’s angling boats.
The lifeboat, with its volunteer crew, launched at twenty past one in the afternoon following a call from a Hastings angling boat which was experiencing engine problems. The lifeboat met with the vessel some eighteen miles out to sea, well into the main shipping lanes, and towed it safely back to Hastings. It was a long tow and the lifeboat did not get back to the town with her casualty until nearly six in the evening.

Crew: Martin Phillips, James Turreff, Mike Eustace, Chris Cooper, Billy Sutton, Mark Tewkesbury, Colin Bewes
ALB returned to service 18.35.

 

16-04-2010 15.31 ILB

ILB was requested to investigate reports of a broken down boat a quarter of a mile offshore from Glyne Gap. Once on scene, a tow was rigged and the vessel was towed back in to Bulverhythe.
ILB returned to service 16.30
Crew: Simon Hodgson, Martin Phillips, Lev Kukonko

08-04-2010 12.06

ALB The Hastings RNLI lifeboat launched this afternoon to the aid of one of the town’s fishing boats.
The lifeboat, with its volunteer crew, launched following a call from the fishing boat ‘Pedro’ which was experiencing engine problems. The lifeboat launched just after midday and towed the vessel safely back to Hastings.
Crew: Steve Warne, Graham Furness, James Turreff, Chris Cooper, Gary Coffee, Richard Ball.

 

23-03-2010 14.49 ALB

The ALB was requested to launch by Dover Coastguard after a vessel had put out a mayday after a fire on board. Once on scene, crew member Billy Sutton was put on board the vessel named ‘Sea Python’, a 30-foot motor cruiser, to asess the situation. As the fire was now out, and with the vessel still able to be towed, a bridle was rigged and a tow commenced to Eastbourne.
ALB returned to service 21.45.
Crew: Graham Furness, James Turreff, Mike Eustace, Billy Sutton, Richard Ball, Chris Cooper, Dan Brewster

 

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