Hastings RNLI launched its lifeboat Sealink Endeavour this morning from the beach, reportedly to come to the aid of a vessel in difficulties eight miles south of Hastings, an eye witness said.
The lifeboat launched at around 10.30am and is said to still be out at sea.
Update: The inshore lifeboat launched at around 12pm, it is unclear if it is for the same incident.
Hastings RNLI has been contacted for information.
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