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Brighton RNLI lifeboat assist stranded yacht throughout the early hours

Lifeboats News Release

The volunteer crew of Brighton were called to the aid of a lonesome sailor after his 32ft yacht had ran aground just east of Brighton Marina.

Brighton lifeboat were tasked to the stricken vessel at 11:20pm last night (13 June) following a 999 call informing UK coastguard that a 32 ft yacht was aground east of Brighton Marina.

With the tide falling the decision was made by Newhaven Coastguard to hold off towing the vessel until there was enough water beneath to free the 23 tonne yacht. 

At 2.11am this morning (14 June) the volunteer crew of Newhaven lifeboat were asked to assist in the rescue of the stricken vessel before the weather deteriorated later on Tuesday.

Between the volunteer crews of Brighton lifeboat, Newhaven coastguard and Newhaven lifeboat a tow was established with the aground vessel allowing Brighton lifeboat to tow the aground vessel of the shore.

Once in enough water, the yacht with RNLI crew on board were able to start the engine and motor the vessel back to Brighton Marina with both Brighton and Newhaven lifeboats providing safety cover should the vessel loose power.

The vessel was safely moored in Brighton Marina and all units were stood down at 5:00am.

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• Jade Cohen, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer,
• Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East) on 0207 6207426, 07785 296252
• James Oxley, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

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