THE LIFEBOAT service was called out twice in the space of a few hours to assist the crew of two separate vessels.
Hastings RNLI received a call at 9.30am from a fishing boat off the Hastings shore.
A fisherman had fallen on deck and injured his ribs.
The inshore lifeboat was launched and within seven minutes was with the victim.
The man was assessed, given first aid and then transferred back to the beach and into the hands of the ambulance service.
The second call of the day came at 2.30pm, when a yacht with three people on board contacted Dover Coastguard to say that they were in difficulty.
Hastings all-weather lifeboat was launched and towed the stricken yacht to Sovereign Harbour in Eastbourne. The tow was completed successfully and the Hastings lifeboat was back on station by 7.30pm.
Steve Warne, the Hastings RNLI Lifeboat Coxswain said: “The first involved an injured individual, the second involved a vessel and an unforeseen problem.
“Both were unlucky and had been caught out and both were able to be helped by the volunteers of the RNLI in Hastings.”