Midnight callout for RNLI Eastbourne lifeboat
Eastbourne’s all-weather lifeboat (ALB) was launched just after midnight on Wednesday morning (2 Sept) following a Pan-Pan distress call from a 12 metre yacht.
The yacht, on passage from Holland with three people on board, had suffered engine failure and was unable to make way under sail in the light winds. The volunteer ALB crew were paged at 00.08 and launched shortly thereafter in response to a request from HM Coastguard. The disabled vessel was located 7 miles South of Sovereign Harbour and towed back to the safety of the marina for repairs.
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.