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The Hastings all-weather lifeboat crew were called to an incident three miles offBeachy Head when the beam trawler ‘Joanna C’ dredged up what was described as a torpedo. It was identified as a British 500lb World War Two bomb, in good conditionwith detonators intact.
The trawler anchored and a bomb disposal unit was despatched from Portsmouth. Several hours later the team had arrived in Eastbourne and were transported to the trawler by the lifeboat.
It was decided to carry out a controlled explosion of the device.
The bomb was transported by ‘Joanna C’_ to shallower water in Pevensey Bay, with explosive charges attached, lowered to the seabed and detonated. The explosion was felt at least a mile inland. Having spent nearly 11 hours at sea, the lifeboat returned to station and was made ready for service.
Hastings lifeboat was called to assist two fishing trawlers which had got their fishing gear intertwined. The vessels eventually managed to disentangle themselves.
When a later routine call from Dover Coastguard to the Dutch boat ‘Zuiderkruiz’ did not get a response, another alert was raised. Once more the volunteer crew of Eastbourne lifeboat went to investigate.
On the scene it became obvious that despite slight damage from the collision all was well aboard the trawler and the reason for their lack of response to Dover Coastguard was that all crew members were on deck repairing their damaged fishing gear.
Eastbourne RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat was called out by Dover Coastguard when it was reported that two trawlers, one from Holland and one from France, had a near collision 17 miles offshore which resulted in their towed fishing gear becoming entangled.