The Royal National Lifeboat Institution

Every day our lifeboat crews leave the safety of the shore. Every day they put their skills and training to the test. Every day these ordinary volunteers do something extraordinary – they save lives at sea

Royal National Lifeboat Institution

The Call-outs for Eastbourne in 2019

Eastbourne Lifeboat station in 2019 was recognised as one of the busiest coastal lifeboat stations in the country. The All Weather lifeboat (ALB) and the inshore lifeboat (ILB) were launched on service a total of 137 times , and placed on immediate readiness a number of times. This was one of the busiest years in the history of the Eastbourne lifeboats. 

The call-outs were to a varied amount of incidents ranging from large commercial fishing vessels, fishing boats, leisure craft, sailing vessels,
swimmers, inflatables, people cut off by the tide and medical evacuations. Many of the more sensitive call-outs are not publicised, it is these incidents which are often the most challenging for the volunteer crew.

This represents a massive commitment from everyone involved with Eastbourne lifeboat Station, and many hours at sea. 

To find out more about the activities of the Eastbourne lifeboats visit the website at