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Shoreham RNLI lifeboat launches to yacht being pulled under pier

Lifeboats News Release

The Shoreham Harbour all-weather lifeboat was called at 9pm on Monday 1 May to a 23ft yacht in trouble on the east side of the Brighton Palace Pier. The yacht was being pulled under the pier by Force 6-7 winds and a two metre swell.

The volunteer lifeboat crew managed to get a tow line onto the vessel which had two people on board and pulled the vessel to safety after three attempts. She was towed into Shoreham Harbour.

Lifeboat coxswain Steve Smith said: "We worked in some pretty atrocious conditions to get a towline onto the yacht and pull it to safety. The two people on board were ok but very relieved to see us."

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