Disabled yacht rescued by Eastbourne Lifeboat

Lifeboats News Release

In deteriorating weather conditions the volunteer crew of Eastbourne’s all-weather lifeboat were paged at 8.41pm last evening (24 Aug) to assist a yacht with three persons on board which had suffered engine failure.

Disabled yacht safe in Sovereign Harbour locks

RNLI/James Wishman

Yacht safe in marina locks
The 30ft yacht was heading west when it suffered engine failure. Sailing into a brisk SW wind progress was difficult and with a forecast of freshening winds the skipper took the sensible option and called HM Coastguard for assistance. Having made contact and after transmitting an accurate GPS position, the crew turned off their navigation lights to preserve power for future vital VHF radio transmissions. Given a precise positional location the lifeboat, equipped with its sophisticated tracking equipment, quickly found the stricken vessel in the darkness 7.5 miles from Sovereign Harbour. A towline was attached and the slow return to harbour commenced, finally arriving at the safety of the marina locks shortly before midnight.

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