RNLI fitting send-off

The funeral of long term supporter of Eastbourne lifeboats was briefly interrupted when crew had to rush to the assistance of an incident off Sovereign Harbour.

Rescue interrupts funeral

Fishing vessel Royal Sovereign needed immediate assistance Credit: RNLI

The funeral of a dedicated fundraiser for Eastbourne lifeboats was interrupted this morning when the crew had to rush to an incident off Sovereign Harbour.

St Richard's Church in Langney was full of people paying tributes to Daphne Lake when the lifeboat crew's pagers interrupted the service.

The on-duty crew rushed to help a vessel in Sovereign Harbour when a man onboard suffered a severe allergic reaction.

The casualty was stabilised by paramedics and transferred to the lifeboat where he was taken to Eastbourne District General Hospital.

Later, friends of Daphne said she would have been delighted with the drama at the church, which would have made her day.

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