Eastbourne RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat (ALB) was launched on Wednesday evening (23 Sept) to assist a 42ft yacht with three people on board which was struggling to make way in unfavourable sea conditions.
The casualty vessel was on passage from Sweden to the Mediterranean when it suffered its second mishap of the journey having previously got entangled in abandoned fishing gear off Ramsgate and towed into port by a passing fishing boat. Having removed the obstruction and continued their passage, the crew encountered adverse sea conditions off Eastbourne and decided to use their engine to make better progress. Unfortunately that’s when the engine developed a fault and had to be shut down. With the prospect of trying to round the potentially treacherous Beachy Head against wind and tide the crew wisely contacted HM Coastguard for assistance. Eastbourne ALB was requested to attend. Quickly on scene the volunteer lifeboat crew took the casualty vessel and its exhausted crew under tow back to Sovereign Harbour 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.