/Heart-stopping moment lifeboat almost capsizes on mission as Storm Ciara lashes the Sussex coast

Heart-stopping moment lifeboat almost capsizes on mission as Storm Ciara lashes the Sussex coast

Heart-stopping moment lifeboat almost capsizes on mission to rescue ‘idiot’ surfer as Storm Ciara lashes the Sussex coast

  • RNLI lifeboat in Hastings on a mission to save ‘idiot’ surfer who lost his board 
  • All volunteers and rescuers on board have returned from the mission safely  
  • Footage shows the lifeboat being battered by 93mph Storm Ciara winds 

A lifeboat almost capsized after being battered by waves on the Sussex coast during a Storm Ciara rescue mission. 

Heart-stopping footage shows the boat being tossed around by the waves before one huge breaker smacks into its side and forces it out of the water. 

The volunteers on the boat, from RNLI Hastings, were on a mission to save an ‘idiot’ surfer who had become separated form his board off the coast of Hastings thanks to 93mph gales from Storm Ciara.  

A lifeboat almost capsized after being battered by waves on the Sussex coast during a Storm Ciara rescue mission

A lifeboat almost capsized after being battered by waves on the Sussex coast during a Storm Ciara rescue mission

A lifeboat almost capsized after being battered by waves on the Sussex coast during a Storm Ciara rescue mission

The volunteers on the boat were from RNLI Hastings on a mission to save an 'idiot' surfer who had become separated form his board off the coast of Hastings thanks to 93mph gales from Storm Ciara

The volunteers on the boat were from RNLI Hastings on a mission to save an 'idiot' surfer who had become separated form his board off the coast of Hastings thanks to 93mph gales from Storm Ciara

The volunteers on the boat were from RNLI Hastings on a mission to save an ‘idiot’ surfer who had become separated form his board off the coast of Hastings thanks to 93mph gales from Storm Ciara

Paul Hogg, who uploaded footage of the rescue mission, said: ‘Brave boys from RNLI off out to rescue some idiot surfer off Hastings in Storm Ciara. Come home safe boys.’

In response, one onlooker called Richard Connolly uploaded footage of the surfer in trouble alongside the caption: ‘This is the surfer when he lost his board and it went from bad to worse for him. 

‘He even refused help from standers by. He could have prevented this whole scene with the rescuers.’

The surfer is seen thrashing around in the water as waves upon waves of seawater smash into him and drag him further out.  

Paul Hogg, who uploaded footage of the rescue mission, said: 'Brave boys from RNLI off out to rescue some idiot surfer off Hastings in Storm Ciara'

Paul Hogg, who uploaded footage of the rescue mission, said: 'Brave boys from RNLI off out to rescue some idiot surfer off Hastings in Storm Ciara'

Paul Hogg, who uploaded footage of the rescue mission, said: ‘Brave boys from RNLI off out to rescue some idiot surfer off Hastings in Storm Ciara’

In response, one onlooker called Richard Connolly uploaded footage of the surfer in trouble alongside the caption: 'This is the surfer when he lost his board and it went from bad to worse for him.

In response, one onlooker called Richard Connolly uploaded footage of the surfer in trouble alongside the caption: 'This is the surfer when he lost his board and it went from bad to worse for him.

Pictured is the surfer off the coast of Hastings

Pictured is the surfer off the coast of Hastings

In response, one onlooker called Richard Connolly uploaded footage of the surfer in trouble alongside the caption: ‘This is the surfer when he lost his board and it went from bad to worse for him’

The Hastings branch of the RNLI has confirmed that all those on board the boat have returned safely from the mission. 

In a post on Twitter they wrote: ‘After a dramatic video has been posted most of you know hat we’ve been out on a shout but we’re happy to report that we’re all safe, well and uninjured and the boat is undamaged and safely berthed next to RNLI Eastbourne.

Heart-stopping footage shows the boat being tossed around by the waves, before one huge breaker smacks into its side and forces it out of the water

Heart-stopping footage shows the boat being tossed around by the waves, before one huge breaker smacks into its side and forces it out of the water

Heart-stopping footage shows the boat being tossed around by the waves, before one huge breaker smacks into its side and forces it out of the water

‘We’re on our way back to Hastings now.’

An RNLI spokesman said that all of their lifeboats are built to withstand harsh conditions.   

RNLI Poole uploaded the video to Twitter alongside the caption: ‘Our colleagues out on a shout at Hastings. 

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