New Jubilee lifeboat ready for any action

A NEW lifeboat is ready to serve the coastline near Eastbourne including the Birling Gap and Pevensey Bay areas.

The Tamar class lifeboat called ‘Diamond Jubilee’ will become the town’s new all-weather lifeboat after all members of the volunteer crew passed final assessments with RNLI inspectors on Wednesday evening, June 27.

Many of the volunteer crew took either unpaid leave or used their holiday entitlement to complete their training at the RNLI College at Poole, afloat on extended passages and in home waters.

Mark Sawyer, coxswain and training co-ordinator, said: “This level of commitment from our volunteers demonstrates the dedication they have to saving lives at sea and they are a credit to themselves and indeed the whole town.”

The official naming ceremony of the new boat will be conducted by their Royal Highnesses the Earl and Countess of Wessex at Sovereign Harbour on July 5.

The outgoing 18-year-old lifeboat, ‘The Royal Thames’ will soon enjoy a new lease of life.

She is to be transported to RNLI headquarters at Poole on Friday where two new engines are waiting to be installed.

Then she will be taken to the RNLI’s newest lifeboat station at Leverburgh on the Isle of Harris to be welcomed by her new crew.

The Eastbourne station has celebrated more than 185 years as a lifeboat station serving the local population and also operates an inshore D-Class lifeboat ‘Laurence and Percy Hobbs’.