Police were called to Hastings beach after an RNLI lifeboat was blocked from going on an assignment because of its asylum seeker rescue missions.
In the incident, which took place days before 27 people drowned trying to cross the Channel, a man can be heard to yell: “Don’t bring no more back home here, that’s what we stopped our donations for.”
The RNLI has confirmed the incident, and said that crew were eventually able to launch the boat.
Obstructing emergency workers, including the RNLI, is an offence carrying an unlimited fine.
The incident, which took place on Saturday November 20, was revealed by a caller to LBC who said a group of fishermen blocked the boat while gutting fish – a claim denied by a fisher representative.
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The caller, Zoe, told LBC host James O’Brien: “The lifeboat crew pulled the boat out and were going to go into the water and some of the fishermen deliberately came out with their buckets and stood directly in the line of the boat so the boat couldn’t be put in the water.”