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.
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.
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.