The volunteer crew of Eastbourne lifeboat were scrambled on Sunday to assist a disabled 12.5 metre yacht which had suffered a mechanical failure
The yacht with four people on board was two miles from the safety of Sovereign Harbour when it lost all power. Unable to negotiate the harbour entrance in the prevailing weather conditions the yachtsmen contacted HM Coastguard for assistance who immediately requested the launch of Eastbourne’s all-weather lifeboat. Quickly on scene the lifeboat crew secured a towline and took the casualty vessel into the marina.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.