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Roger BridgerVolunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
Lifeboats News Release
Eastbourne RNLI crew brave strong winds and heavy seas to aid sailing boat
Eastbourne RNLI's relief all-weather ifeboat, Fisherman's Friend, was launched yesterday (Tuesday) to assist a six metre sailing boat in heavy seas, four miles north east of Sovereign Harbour.
The casualty vessel, with three persons on board, had suffered engine failure and was unable to sail against the strong south westerly winds. Once on scene the volunteer lifeboat crew passed over a tow line and started the precarious tow back in the heavy seas to Sovereign Harbour,
The sailing vessel, registered in Sweden, had been sailing from Dover to Brighton. Once towed back to the harbour she was moored to await engine repairs and wait for fairer weather.
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