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Bob JefferyVolunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
The sportsboat with three people on board had suffered a mechanical failure
Lifeboats News Release
Eastbourne RNLI’s inshore lifeboat was launched on Sunday morning to assist an 8.5 metre sportsboat with engine failure on the approaches to Sovereign Harbour
The sportsboat with three people on board had suffered a mechanical failure just off Sovereign Harbour.
The inshore lifeboat was quickly on scene and took the vessel under tow.
In the outer harbour the inline tow was changed to an alongside tow and the casualty vessel taken to the safety of the marina locksILB launch no. 36 Weather sunny: Wind slight: Sea state slight:
Notes to editors Eastbourne has celebrated over 185 years as a lifeboat station and currently operates an all-weather Tamar Class lifeboat Diamond Jubilee, and an inshore D-Class lifeboat Laurence and Percy Hobbs. RNLI media contacts For more information please contact Bob Jeffery, Eastbourne RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07802 878017, email LPObob@btinternet.com or Tim Ash, Public Relations Manager on 0207 620 7426 or 07785 296252, email firstname.lastname@example.org alternatively contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789
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