Hastings all-weather lifeboat tows a stricken motor yacht to Eastbourne

Lifeboats News Release

The Hastings RNLI all-weather lifeboat was called to the aid of a broken-down motor yacht on Friday afternoon (July 10 2020). The lifeboat was called out at 3.14pm to assist the 40ft vessel which had reported both an engine failure and a man overboard.

Photo of the Hastings RNLI lifeboat towing the casualty vessel to Eastbourne.

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The Hastings RNLI lifeboat tows the casualty vessel to Eastbourne.

By the time the lifeboat arrived on scene, just under two nautical miles south east of Hastings Harbour, the casualty had been recovered from the sea. They were assessed and it was decided that no further medical assistance was required.

The yacht’s engine could not be repaired at sea, and therefore the Hastings lifeboat attached a line and towed the vessel, along with four persons on board, to Sovereign Harbour in Eastbourne. With the casualty vessel safely in Sovereign Harbour, the lifeboat stood down and returned to station at 7pm.

Andy Davey, Hastings RNLI’s newly appointed Lifeboat Operations Manager said. ‘During these difficult times the volunteer crew at Hastings RNLI have been committed to providing search and rescue cover to anyone in danger at sea off Hastings. Our training continues – while respecting the limitations of social distancing – and as this incident shows, we are still ready to respond to any calls for help from those who need our services.’

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