RNLI Eastbourne has released an update after last week’s dramatic rescue at Birling Gap.

One of its lifeboats at Eastbourne RNLI capsized during a rescue.

Today it has said: “Following last week’s update about the lifeboat capsize in Eastbourne, we wanted to share that all three crew members remain well and that a relief lifeboat arrived at the station.

The crew were back on service within 24hrs, and Eastbourne’s inshore lifeboat is now on its way to our Inshore Lifeboat Centre in Cowes for an assessment.

When operating in a challenging environment, these incidents can and do happen on occasion.

But we are confident that we have some of the best training and equipment available to ensure that crew members are as safe as possible when saving lives at sea. Thank you all for your kind words of support to the volunteers at Eastbourne Lifeboat Station and the support for the work we do. It is very much appreciated by everyone involved.”

The lifeboat was launched following a report of a person in the water at Birling Gap who was rescued.

Whilst manoeuvring, the D Class lifeboat capsized and all three volunteer crew on board went into the water.

The Newhaven and Eastbourne all-weather lifeboats were launched to assist, along with two HM Coastguard helicopters, one of which was already on scene.

On occasions, RNLI volunteers risk their lives to save others at sea. We make sure that all our crew members receive the right equipment and training to deal with whatever the sea might throw at them. If you’d like to support our lifesavers, you can make a donation at http://rnli.social/EastbourneRNLI