The volunteer crew of the Hastings Lifeboat launched to join the search for a surfer in difficulty off Rock-a-Nore during Storm Ciara on Sunday Feb 9th.

The RNLI crew joined the helicopter Rescue 163 and local coastguard teams in the searching the area from Hastings to Winchelsea beach in extremely challenging conditions.

The casualty was recovered to the land at Winchelsea Beach, and lifeboat was stood down.

As conditions worsened, Hastings Lifeboat suffered a knockdown (partial capsize) in heavy surf in Hastings harbour whilst attempting to reach the beach, and diverted to the safety of Eastbourne’s Sovereign Harbour.

The boat returned to Hastings Lifeboat Station at 12:00 on Tuesday Feb 11th, and is back on service.