Newhaven Tow The Line

Lifeboats News Release

Newhaven Lifeboat and her volunteer crew were requested by HM Coastguard to assist a 30ft yacht that had suffered complete mechanical and engine failure off the coast of Seaford on Wednesday 25 March 2020.

The Severn Class lifeboat ‘David and Elizabeth Acland’ tows alongside casualty vessel into Newhaven Marina.

RNLI/Esther Thorpe

Loan yachtsman with mechanical failure towed to safety.

The Severn Class lifeboat David and Elizabeth Acland was launched at 10.20am into a slight sea state running force 4-5 east / south east and good visibility. Her volunteer crew arrived quickly on the scene 2.5NM south east of Newhaven harbour.

The lone sailor on board was passed a tow line, which was soon made fast and a tow set successfully for Newhaven.

Once within the confines of the harbour, the tow was moved alongside and the casualty vessel delivered to the visitors berth at Newhaven Marina.

The lifeboat and her volunteer crew were available again for service at 12.15pm.

Media Contacts:

Rosalind Ashton, volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Newhaven Lifeboat Station (07900) 887423 rozhouchin@mac.com

Paul Dunt, RNLI Regional Media Officer, London and South East (07785) 296252 paul_dunt@rnli.org.uk

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