The search for a missing crewman who was lost overboard off the East Sussex coast has been called off. The lifeboat at Eastbourne was called out and volunteer crews spent nine hours searching for the man who had fallen from a tugboat in rough seas.
Eastbourne all-weather lifeboat was launched just after midnight when a crewman fell overboard in gale force winds and violent seas from a passing tug five miles south of Sovereign harbour.
The tug Endurance, with two people on board, was on passage from Dover to Brighton
with a 60ft motor cruiser under tow when the man fell overboard. His colleague sent out a Mayday distress call which mobilised the rescue services.
Eastbourne ALB began the search close inshore off Beachy Head joined later by Coastguard Rescue helicopter 104. The two lifeboats continued their search throughout the night, but found nothing and abandoned the search after 9 hours at sea.
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And this summer Kent and Essex had the UK's busiest coastal RNLI lifeboat stations - at Southend on Sea and Ramsgate.
But with the worst summer on record for 100 years - why have call outs soared in some areas? Sarah Saunders has been finding out.
The RNLI has released figures showing an increase in the number of rescue missions in the Meridian region. The charity's second busiest lifeboat station in the country is Ramsgate in Kent. Its crews attended 49 call outs over the Summer - ten more than in the same time period in 2011.
While in the county of Hampshire the number of incidents over the Summer was 11% higher than in the same stretch of time last year. In total the crews at Hayling Island, Portsmouth, Calshot and Lymington launched one hundred and forty-two times.