Busy Easter week for lifeboat crews

Lifeboat crews at Hastings RNLI were kept busy over the Easter period with both lifeboats being called out to separate incidents.

Last Thursday (April 9) the inshore lifeboat was called to the aid of a casualty who was in the water after capsizing his kayak. He was kayaking with his son and was unable to get back into his own swamped craft.

He therefore stayed in the water until the lifeboat arrived.

By the time the inshore lifeboat reached the kayaker had been in the water for nearly 25 minutes and was severely chilled. The inshore lifeboat took the man on board and swiftly brought him back to shore and an awaiting ambulance. He was taken to the Conquest Hospital for a check up but later released.

The inshore lifeboat was in action again on Saturday (April 11) following reports of a windsurfer in trouble. The surfer’s mast had become detached form his board and the lifeboat brought both the surfer and his gear back to shore, the casualty being safe, but also very cold.

On Monday night the Hastings all-weather lifeboat was called out to search for kayakers reported missing off Bexhill. Although the sea was calm, visibility was minimal because of thick sea fog. The lifeboat completed a series of search patterns as directed by the Coastguard along the coast, but nothing was found and the lifeboat returned to station just after 9pm.

Peter Adams, the RNLI’s lifeboat operations manager at Hastings, said: “Easter week saw both Hastings boats in action, ranging from a false alarm on one hand to a serious incident that could have resulted in the loss of a life.”