An RNLI crew was blocked from going on a call in Hastings by people who said they did not want any more migrants being rescued, witnesses and a spokesperson for the charity have alleged.
The lifeboat was eventually able to launch, following the dispute.
Caller Zoe told James O’Brien on LBC Radio about the incident on Thursday. She said: “On Saturday my boyfriend and I were just on the beach and we heard the lifeboat station opening up and thought ‘oh they have a call’ and started watching.
“There was a group of people pulled up, gutting fish on the shore, and as the boat station opened up we heard the people start shouting things like ‘don’t bring any more of those home, we’re full up’, ‘that’s why we stopped our donations’, and that kind of really horrible stuff.
“The lifeboat crew pulled the boat out and were going to go into the water and some of the people 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.”
Indy100 has contacted the RNLI to comment on this story.
A spokesperson said: “The RNLI shares beach space with numerous other organisations, including commercial businesses, emergency services and fishing vessels which means occasionally we may need to adjust our launching position. We continue to work closely with all organisations to ensure lifeboats are launched as quickly as possible.”